The project responds to the Fiji and Vanuatu Governments' request to assist on their ongoing efforts to address youth unemployment with the following objectives:
- Help develop the knowledge and skills youths need for the labour market, and help secure decent work opportunities in wage/self-employment.
- Create employment opportunities in organic agriculture through a value chain approach of public private partnerships in key the agriculture and tourism sector.
- Strengthen the institutional capacity of the National Youth Councils.
- Address the vulnerability of youth working within an informal sector by supporting policy dialogue with governments and creating enabling environment for small to medium enterprises.
- Unlock the potential of youth in the Pacific
- Promote the link between the tourism and agriculture sector, which seems to offer opportunities for inclusive economic growth
- Organic agriculture can reduce Pacific island countries' dependency on food imports, and improve nutrition intake.
- Innovation and South-South cooperation
- Key activities
- Scope, identify and motivate youth in agriculture
- Design and organise production training on specific organic crops
- Develop production plans to service local and export organic crop demand.
- Provide on-going extension, quality control and monitoring support to farmers.
- Scope and identify hotels/restaurants and supermarkets/ wholesalers for supply requirements
- Establish skills database with national youth councils, of youth trained and certified as organic producers and match with demand from restaurants/resorts and wholesalers/supermarkets.
- Establish supply chain from farm to table with relevant organisations and logistics supports.