Youth Engagement in CSA and the 2030 Agenda
Online Discussion Forum
13 – 22 July 2016
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines climate vulnerability as the degree to which a system is susceptible to, and unable to cope with, adverse effects of climate stress, including climate variability and extreme weather events. The majority of the world is vulnerable to climate change either because of their economic dependency on climate-related activities and products; their geographic location or even their incapacity of developing a resilient environment. Prolonged droughts, increased flooding, reduction in agricultural yield and other environmental damages threaten to slow the pace of economic development and poverty eradication.
In 2015 two global policy agreements relating to climate change and sustainable development were made: the 2015 Paris agreement and the 2030 sustainable development agenda (SDGs). If countries are to succeed in achieving the SDGs and addressing the impacts of climate change, governments and development partners must seek out an active and substantive engagement of young women and men from diverse backgrounds in national-level planning, implementation, and monitoring.
“They (youth) are adaptable and can quickly make low-carbon lifestyles and career choices a part of their daily lives. Youth should therefore be given a chance to take an active part in the decision-making of local, national and global levels. They can actively support initiatives that will lead to the passage of far-reaching legislation,” said Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General (during World Youth Day, 2008).
To date, the youth are playing an active role in protecting the environment and identifying and implementing innovative climate change solutions such as climate-smart agriculture (CSA). Coined by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), CSA is an approach that helps to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate. CSA aims to tackle three main objectives: sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes; adapting and building resilience to climate change; and reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, where possible.
Given its three objectives, CSA could contribute to the achievement of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development specifically goal 1: No poverty; goal 2: Zero hunger; and goal 13: climate action.
It is against this background that the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Climate and Agriculture Network for Africa (CANA)Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) and CLIMDEV-Africa Youth Platform (ACLYP) have put together an online discussion forum to dialogue on the engagement of the youth in CSA and the SDGs.
- What is the contribution of youth to CSA in Africa and beyond?
- Give some examples (case studies) of how young people are taking the lead on CSA?
- Discuss the SDGs with focus on youth contribution through CSA
- What are some of the challenges youth face in CSA implementation?
- What are some of the opportunities available to the youth to engage in CSA?
- Youth in Africa and beyond interested in Agriculture
- CSAYN members
- Experts working with youth and on youth issues