The Climate-Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) is a group of volunteers (based in eight countries in sub saharan Africa, also United States of America, global North (CANADA) and Europe) – linked across the world via an online platform to share findings and seek advice for their practical projects – that have a strong interest in CSA and the environment.The main objective of the CSAYN is to create awareness, sensitize and build the productive capacity of young people and people living with disabilities (PLWD) on CSA concepts for adaptation, reducing emissions (mitigation) and increasing food productivity in a sustainable manner.
The mission of the CSAYN is to:
- Raise awareness on CSA among young men and women (aged 15-35) to enable them to make sustainable decisions for the future in the agriculture sector.
- Create awareness of the related present and future threats related to climate change and agriculture.
- Make youth aware 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.
The target groups of the CSAYN are:
- Youth aged between 15- 24 in rural and urban areas of the target countries listed below.
- Persons living with disabilities, particularly youth.
- Educational institutions (schools, universities) and relevant government ministries.
The CSAYN aims to engage its target groups through information dissemination by using existing knowledge materials on CSA to increase the capacities of members.
The network development was due to the fact that FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa) showed interest in supporting pilot projects financially from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in three regions (East, West and Central Africa) through media sensitization, but work is not strictly limited to these countries).The target countries of the CSAYN are: Togo (CSA pilot country for West Africa); Nigeria (CSA pilot country for West Africa); Cameroon (CSA pilot country for Central Africa) and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Proposed activities and expected results of the CSAYN project (at local and national levels)
Activity 1: Establishing national forums on CSAYN. The national forums will aim at lobbying for the interest of the youth and PLWD in all CSA related initiatives in their respective countries.
Activity 2: Organize bi-annual youth conferences on CSA for national forums and their members to showcase their experience and learn from others.
Activity 3:Establish a presence on social networking websites and create an online database to share information on current issues on CSA, nationally, regionally and globally.
Activity 4: Representing and showcasing youth engagement in CSA in different regional and global forums.
Activity 5: Establish farmer field schools to ensure farmers share their field experiences with other farmers.
The expected results of this project are:
- 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;
- Development of country-specific reports on activities and results submitted to CSAYN;
- Raised awareness of youth and PLWD on CSA.
CSAYN will ensure inclusion of youth and PLWD in CSA for a better and more sustainable world. As articulated by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, “Let us work together to make this world a better place where no one will be left behind.”
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