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Setting the scene: African perspective on youth engagement in CSA


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Presentation by Divine Ntiokam (CSAYN) at the webinar on Engaging African youth in agribusiness in a changing climate.

The webinar took place on 30 August 2017 and was organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation.

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Setting the scene: African perspective on youth engagement in CSA

  1. 1. /O CSAYN The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network
  2. 2. Contents 1 2 3 4 About Us Our Mission Activities, Expected Results and some country actions What is Climate Smart Agriculture
  3. 3. About us Consists of Volunteers Based in 19 Sub-Saharan African Countries, Canada, USA, Myanmar, Pakistan, Madagscar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia , India The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) consists of volunteers (based in 19 sub-Saharan African countries including USA, Canada, Pakistan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Myanmar) who promote and strengthen climate smart agriculture among youth. CSAYN is connected through an online platform enabling members to share information and research and seek advice on the implementation of their practical projects that are connected to Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and the environment. CSAYN is working with the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture to highlight youth issues across the alliance. The main objective of the CSAYN is to create awareness, sensitize and build the productive capacity of young people and people living with disabilities on CSA issues as related to climate change adaptation and mitigation, and increasing food productivity in a sustainable manner.
  4. 4. Our Mission • Empower youth with CSA knowledge, enabling them to incorporate sustainability in their decisions in agriculture. • Create dialogue on the threats and opportunities of climate change and agriculture. • Raise awareness among youth of the contributions they can make in the agriculture sector for a better future, especially through the application of climate- smart practices in both agriculture and forestry. • Enhance meaningful youth contribution in livestock, fisheries and aquaculture activities. Our Target • Youth aged 18 - 35 in rural and urban areas • Educational institutions, relevant government ministries
  5. 5. What is Climate Smart Agriculture It presents a sustainable alternative to adapt and mitigate climate change. It promotes production systems that sustainably increase productivity, resilience, reduces greenhouse gases, enhances food security and development goals. Considerable knowledge, investment and stakeholder participation is required to effectively implement CSA.
  6. 6. Activities • Click to add Text • Click to add Text • Click to add Text • Click to add Text • Click to add Text • Click to add Text • Click to add Text • Click to add Text • Click to add Text • Establish CSA national forums aimed at lobbying for youth engagement in CSA related initiatives in their countries. • Organize bi-annual youth conferences on CSA for national forums and their members to share their experience and learn from others experience. • Create a social media presence and an online database to share information and current findings on CSA, nationally and globally. • Represent and showcase youth engagement in CSA in different regional and global forums. • Design farmer field schools to enable famers to share their field experiences with each other.
  7. 7. Expected Results • Increased understanding of CSA and the crucial role of youth in promoting CSA. • CSA is integrated in educational systems (inter alia schools, colleges and clubs) through activities in local gardens, farms and forests gardening, also potential activities within forestry and fisheries industries; • Development of CSA country-specific reports on activities and recommendations; • Increased awareness-raising of youth and people with disabilities on CSA issues. Title
  8. 8. Some Country Actions CSAYN –Rwanda In February in partnership with SOS Children’s Village Rwanda, we trained over 50 young students on how to protect the environment; particularly sensitization on the impact of climate change on the agricultural productivity.
  9. 9. Ghana We have established clubs in schools and raised awareness on SDGs among members. We also have engaged members in practical activities such as tree nursery establishment and clean up exercises and built local farmers capacity on climate smart agriculture.
  10. 10. Mali We have organized environmental academies such as climate justice ambassadors to raise awareness about climate change and created CSAYN Mali club. We have planted 25 trees with children in 2 schools.
  11. 11. Nigeria We have had a joint outreach with NEF to DCC School for Disabled where pupils were thought the importance of school garden and planting trees. We have organized stand up for SDGs for a secondary school, where about 200 youths were in attendance
  12. 12. Togo • CSAYN Togo present at ACF 2017 and launched CSAYN Benin
  13. 13. Zimbabwe CSAYN Zimbabwe had a lecture on SDGs in March 2017. We addressed approximately 800 boys. In May 2017, we had a training session on SDG 13 this adressed 34 youths: 22 ladies and 12 men.
  14. 14. Morocco We launched our first activities during the last COP 22 in Marrakech. After which we launched the SDG Training program in Morocco. So far we have trained more than 320 youth on the SDGs in Morocco.
  15. 15. DRC
  16. 16. Challenges • Lack of funding to implement our activities • Lack of capacity • Access to land • Access to Market
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  18. 18. /O Thank You!