Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Friday, 11 April 2008
We identified ten areas that could be examined, as have many other groups tackling the same challenge. These might include:
1. Youth is mainstreamed by relevant organisations into agricultural projects and programmes which ensure youth have equal access to the benefits;
2. Relevant agricultural and youth organisations and agencies work together in equal partnership with effective planning and coordination among relevant stakeholders who can contribute substantially to improving youth livelihoods in the agriculture sector;
3. Youth are provided with opportunities for active effective and on-going participation in agricultural activities
4. Youth receive appropriate and relevant education and training to ensure they can build and support a livelihood based on agriculture;
5. A supportive enabling environment is created that can promote youth enterprise and entrepreneurship (e.g. access to credit, mentoring, leadership training) and which improves job and income-generating activities through agriculture;
6. Developing community-based organisations, young farmer clubs and groups and other youth peer organisations that can assist in mobilising and supporting Pacific youth in developing a livelihood through agriculture
7. Agricultural Research and Extension systems are more responsive and supportive to the needs and issues facing Pacific youth;
8. Pacific youth are trained in ICT technologies to support agricultural livelihoods and employability;
9. Opportunities are created to showcase the contributions of young people to economic development through participation in regional youth trade shows and other large gatherings;
10. Funding support is secured from relevant donors, agencies and other bodies.If you have any suggestions for activities that might support or contribute to these areas we would be very glad to hear from you. Alternatively, if you have any thoughts on the broader picture and have been involved in programmes to promote youth in agriculture please do share your thoughts and experiences.
Thursday, 10 April 2008
Ireland’s official development assistance reached €869m in 2007 - its highest level ever and an increase of 6.7% on 2006 figures. The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD confirmed today that Ireland’s aid was 0.54% of our Gross National Product last year, exceeding the Government’s interim target of 0.5%. This puts us on track to reach spending of 0.7% of our GNP on overseas aid by 2012 ; three years ahead of the UN target and in line with the commitment in the Programme for Government. Our aid volume has increased five-fold over the last ten years. Ireland is now the sixth largest donor of development assistance in the world in per capita terms.
Monday, 7 April 2008
Wednesday, 2 April 2008
The Northern Ireland report can be downloaded here or a brief Executive Summary here.