Welcome to the CSA Youth Network!

The CSA youth network is a group of volunteers who have strong interest in Climate-Smart Agriculture, and the environment. Our main goal is to educate the youth and people living with disabilities on CSA practices, increasing productivity, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Our project originated from the concern of young Africans on the impacts of climate change on agriculture, food security, the environment, and an interest to create awareness on young people. This way, thanks to the initiative of Divine Ntiokam and Vagish Ramborun, with the support from organizations such as FAO and FARA Africa, the network started to take form and spread to other corners of the planet, from Sub-Saharan Africa to Latin America.

Credit: Plant for the PlanetOne of the main objectives of the network is to sensitize, and build productive capacity in young people and persons living with disabilities on CSA concepts for adaptation, reducing emissions (mitigation) and increasing food productivity in a sustainable manner. We believe that by raising awareness among young men and women and endorsing CSA practices, especially in rural communities, the opportunities of developing a resilient environment will grow.

We welcome volunteers who have a strong passion for climate change issues and CSA, regardless of their backgrounds and locations. If you would like to join our community of practice please fill the form located in the next link: https://dgroups.org/fao/csa_event/youth

For more information:

http://www.fao.org/climatechange/climatesmart/en/

http://www.fara-africa.org/

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5 Replies to “Welcome to the CSA Youth Network!”

  1. I’m happy to be part of this group. i am looking for ways to add more climate smart agriculture into my teaching. i will sonn begina unit on plants with my 15 yr olds students in Kinshasa and would love some ideas about what we should try and grow and then donate to a local commnity – some kind of tree???? vegetables????

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    1. The general answer is to revalorize local endemic – possibly – ancient crops. They’re most adapted to the local conditions.
      That was a recurring theme in the 2014 International Year of Family Farming
      http://www.fao.org/family-farming-2014/en/
      And of course you know this year 2016 International Year of Pulses 2016 – Food and Agriculture Organization …
      http://www.fao.org/pulses-2016/en/
      You may expect that your ministry of agriculture has prepared – together with the agro-engineer universities in yr country – toolkits that you can call upon, so give them a ring!

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  2. “Climate Smart AGRICULTURE Youth Network”, I would have expected it would focus on youth with parents who run a farm? Yet it reads “to educate the youth and people living with disabilities “. Wouldn’t it be useful to mention / calculate how many youth live on a farm? Or worse, who live in families that depend on subsistence farming? That is youth living with parents who can barely survive, living in economies where there is nearly no industry, no service sector, not even farming, no decent jobs, no supermarkets or no money to pay the food in there and who are condemned because of all this incompetent management to try to grow some edible things on a patch of land where often it is not sure if they own it, or if a government can sell it off to some stronger entity?
    Estimated chances of survival? Near to zero. Expected period of perishing: before 2050? All these Climate talks and funds are all about billions that should go to these people. And? Your members? What is the feedback? They have seen a lot of this money? They have received climate resilient seeds/planet/drip irrigation/water storage/rain water harvesting/smart stoves/solar stoves/plots of land have been taken up in the national kadaster and is now definitely theirs/women can stand their ground in case of abusive husbands and divorce/they received more land/better storage/community trucks to come pick up the crops and sell them on the regional market for much better prizes/ they have techniques where they can sell their good over sms – gsm / they get sms’s when they have to water their crops / what parasites are coming / when they can go to some agro engineers to get consulting and where they can go to with their affected crops / they get explained what herbs to crush to kill the fungi/parasite etc ?
    Climate Smart Funding for youth is how much? 0% funding for youth, Adults 100%. Thomas SANKARA is dead, but what do you/your members think about that? Intergenerational justice? Where and when do you think it would be opportune? Young people solving a problem caused by adults. There is a girl that awaits YOU to invite her to dance, buy her a drink, etc … but you are too busy talking about climate smarting agriculture. You’re not even at the party. I want you to tell me how beautifull my eyes are, all the work I put in my body, making up for the occasion .. and all you’re talking about is something about climate smart seeds. And you think that’s the new normal or what? The girl just left with a young guy – sharp looking – and lots of money and perspectives? WTF?

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