The high number of young people around the World who are facing challenges of employability and exclusion from the circuit of education and training is a foremost concern of public policies and third sector priorities across the globe.
According to ILO data, around 25% of young people across the World are excluded from education and training.
At this respect, environmental sustainability emerges as a closely related challenge to what reported above, for 2 core reasons:
1- Educational deprivation and socioeconomic exclusion deprive young people, who are key stakeholders in the social and environmental future of their own communities, of the necessary clout for bringing forward positive change from the local up to the global levels, turning them into passive recipients, rather than owners, of external solutions.
2- Analysis of global state-of-the-art concerning environmental sustainability shows that a significant economic impact, business creation and added value at the community level can be extracted out of the market exploitation of environmentally friendly ideas/solutions.
No sustainable change in human impact on the environment can be attained without the grassroots diffusion of smarter practices of food consumption.
The European Science and Technology Observatory highlighted, in its 2015 Report “Environmental Impact of Products” (2015), the significant impact of ordinary food consumption on the environment determined by factors as gas emissions, use of land and water resources, pollution depletion of phosphorous, use of environment-damaging products as herbicides and pesticides.
Further elaborating on this analysis, the EU expert group- Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR)- underlined in its latest Report how “Globally, and in many regions including Europe, food production is exceeding environmental limits or close to doing so”.
This transnational project aims enhances cooperation among Europe and other regions of the World, with a particular reference to Asia, in the entrepreneurial exploitation of the opportunities displayed by food sustainability as well as in the concrete pursuit of environmental priorities.
The aforementioned main aim will be pursued through exchange of good practices and transnational cooperation functional to the production of a Training Format supporting youth operators in the regions involved in the transfer of entrepreneurial competences sustainable food business to young people.
The ultimate products of the project will be the following:
– A Format TC Handbook, detailing the methodologies forming part of the Format TC for youth operators, as well as providing an outline of the piloting experience.
– A Web Platform integrating a Webinar in multiple languages targeted at the audience of potential youth entrepreneurs in the field of sustainable food.