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Webinar engaging african youth in agribusiness in a changing climate

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The webinar was a culmination of a month long online discussion 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.

As a wrap-up to the online discussion, this webinar discussed novel opportunities for youth, practitioners, policymakers, scientists, technical experts and other stakeholders emerging in the discussion and provided an impetus towards developing a framework for concrete youth engagement in agribusiness within the context of a changing climate.

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Webinar engaging african youth in agribusiness in a changing climate

  1. 1. Webinar: Engaging African Youth in Agribusiness in a Changing Climate Date: Wednesday, 30th August, 2017 Time: 1400 – 1530 (EAT) • What examples of innovative youth-led agribusinesses exist in Africa and what challenges do they face in a changing climate? • What career and business opportunities does CSA offer to youth in Africa? • What policies and programmes should governments put in place to facilitate the involvement of youth in agribusiness in a changing climate? • What approaches and opportunities exist for scaling up the adoption of innovative youth climate-smart agri-businesses opportunities across Africa Discussion Questions:
  2. 2. /O CSAYN The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network http://Csayn.org
  3. 3. Contents 1 2 3 4 About Us Our Mission Activities, Expected Results and some country actions What is Climate Smart Agriculture
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Togo • CSAYN Togo present at ACF 2017 and launched CSAYN Benin
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. DRC
  17. 17. Challenges • Lack of funding to implement our activities • Lack of capacity • Access to land • Access to Market
  18. 18. Our Partners Title in here Add Title Text in here Text in her Text in here Text in here
  19. 19. /O Thank You! https://csayouthnetwork.wordpress.com/
  20. 20. Webinar: Engaging African Youth in Agribusiness in a Changing Climate Date: Wednesday, 30th August, 2017 Time: 1400 – 1530 (EAT) • What examples of innovative youth-led agribusinesses exist in Africa and what challenges do they face in a changing climate? • What career and business opportunities does CSA offer to youth in Africa? • What policies and programmes should governments put in place to facilitate the involvement of youth in agribusiness in a changing climate? • What approaches and opportunities exist for scaling up the adoption of innovative youth climate-smart agri-businesses opportunities across Africa Discussion Questions:
  21. 21. Policies and programmes to facilitate the involvement of youth in agribusiness By Wouter Kleijn Youth Employment Specialist – International Livestock Research Institute
  22. 22. Policies and programmes to facilitate the involvement of youth in agribusiness I) Should we involve more youth? Reflect on the added value and mitigate potential resistance II) What is different about youth? Should our efforts to engage be different from adults and previous generations of youth and to what extent will this be more/less challenging ? III) How can we involve youth? We should aim to contribute as (cost-)efficient as possible
  23. 23. Policies and programmes to facilitate the involvement of youth in agribusiness Should we involve more youth? No, agriculture is risky and they are not interested – “Why Push Them?” No, scale increases will offset demand for labor and can address food security No, population growth is significant, many will remain in the rural areas Yes, too many youth with too few jobs  violence and sub-optimal consumer spending Yes, multiplier effect (increases demand for products  jobs)
  24. 24. Policies and programmes to facilitate the involvement of youth in agribusiness Are (these) youth different? • Huge differences among youth • Youth not that different from elderly. Many challenges are the same. FAO Report (2015): Knowledge, land, finance, markets, policy,.. Some differences compared to previous generations: • Climate change  more knowledge intensive • Less land available due to population growth and increase in life expectancy • Youth aware of alternatives (econ/dev - urbanization, education and mass media) • Youth are more concerned with labor intensity and income than adults (???)
  25. 25. Policies and programmes to facilitate the involvement of youth in agribusiness How can we involve youth? There is No Blue Print Solution! I) Addressing some of the ‘usual suspects’ at macro-level that limit agricultural development (e.g. Infrastructure, Corruption, FDI, education system) II) At micro-level: PPPs, contract-farming arrangements, capital provision in commercially interesting value chains close to markets (compromising inclusiveness) III) Supporting existing youth entrepreneurs IV) Including value adding services yet not forgetting about primary production (cost-effectiveness issues!)
  26. 26. Policies and programmes to facilitate the involvement of youth in agribusiness That means: I) Limited Role for Research Youth are not always dramatically different and highly context-specific (e.g. land and pigs in Uganda) Some practical/context-specific research can be useful (e.g. market studies, intrahousehold dynamics within project-setting, develop practical manuals, cost-benefit analysis improved practices) II) Modest Role for ICT, for now III) Climate Change is more a challenge than an opportunity IV) Youth-specific interventions are not always necessary
  27. 27. Policies and programmes to facilitate the involvement of youth in agribusiness Thank you! w.kleijn@cgiar.org +31614147591 (Whatsapp) +799 871 821 (Kenyan number) www.DevelopmentSocks.com
  28. 28. Webinar: Engaging African Youth in Agribusiness in a Changing Climate Date: Wednesday, 30th August, 2017 Time: 1400 – 1530 (EAT) • What examples of innovative youth-led agribusinesses exist in Africa and what challenges do they face in a changing climate? • What career and business opportunities does CSA offer to youth in Africa? • What policies and programmes should governments put in place to facilitate the involvement of youth in agribusiness in a changing climate? • What approaches and opportunities exist for scaling up the adoption of innovative youth climate-smart agri-businesses opportunities across Africa Discussion Questions:

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