As noted in a recent OECD report, more than a third of the world’s youth is out of work. “Unemployment is a risk factor for youth, threatening global integration in the society at large” and currently about 1,200 million young people aged between 15 and 24 years, that is 17% of the world population face a highly uncertain economic and social future. The figures worsen when it comes to socially excluded young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or ethnic minorities. Observing recent data from the Eurostat, Greece and Spain had the highest youth unemployment rates (56,1% and 62,9% respectively), while these rates are also increasing in other countries such as Cyprus, Italy and Ireland, notably when compared with unemployment in adults.
Therefore, the project partners have proposed the increase of employability in disadvantaged youth, aged 16-30 years, by using the green economy as an inclusive job generator. The transition to a more sustainable development is seen as a way to maximize job opportunities since bioethical agroecological knowledge and practices improve employability and entrepreneurship in the world today, promoting at the same time environmental protection and green skills as means of creating job opportunities.