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CSAYN and Partners Launch the Innovative Program Titled: AFRICAN YOUTH SDGS TRAINING

In the margins of the Means of Implementation of Agenda 2030 towards rolling out the SDGs in January 1st 2016, the Climate-Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) Global Coordination Unit (GCU)  is organising the Launch Event of the African Youth SDGs Training Program (AYSDGT) in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre of UN Department Public Information (DPI), World We Want (WWW), Association des Femmes pour la Paix et Encadrement des Famille (AFPEFAM), Soughtout Cameroon (SOC), Environmental Protection and Development (EPDA Cameroon) and Collectif des OSC pour la Sécurité Alimentaire et le Développement Rural (COSADER).

To come up with proposals for mainstreaming youths in the implementation of the SDGs in local languages and to develop the road map for the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by all UN Member States.
A launch event of the African Youth Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Training Program on the theme “Mainstreaming Youth in the Implementation of the SDGs”.
From the document:

Mainstreaming Youth and Persons Living with Disabilities in Climate Smart Agriculture

Climate Smart Alliance Youth Group (CSAYN): Current partners:

  • CANA (the Climate and Agriculture Network for Africa)
  • the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network (SUN CSN) and
  • farmingfirst.org


The main objective of the project is to create awareness, sensitize and build capacity in young people and persons living with disabilities on climate-smart agriculture concepts to increase food production. It will visits to colleges, young farmers and youth clubs, organize media talks, TV shows, presentations and seminars on climate-smart agriculture and organize site visits, drawing competitions, essay competitions related to climate-smart agriculture. This is a new initiative to promote and enhance youth and people living with disabilities mobilization and advocacy in ensuring no one is left behind before, during and after the summit.

Targets and Milestones

To educate and train as many young people as possible in the smallholder farming community, including people with disabilities, regarding the various climate-smart agricultural techniques and technologies, to support the goals of the Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC). The first milestone was creating several local and active country chapters of CSAYN, which have launched activities in four African countries and having prelaunch organizing meeting and the first climate-smart farmer-to-farmer field school event in Canada. The next milestone included connecting with existing organizations in Africa and globally, such as CANA, which will be the official CSAYN website host; the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network (SUN CSN); and farmingfirst.org, which will post information about CSAYN events and activities and provide CSAYN with key information about its own network member events and activities. CSAYN’s next milestone will be to coordinate a series of climate-smart farmer-to-farmer field school events across all active CSAYN country chapters, as well as defining and developing a series of guidance documents for all the CSAYN country chapters to provide them with a framework for interaction with the CSAYN-GCU and other organizations.

Progress Review


The baseline was to launch CSAYN activities by January 2015, which was achieved.

Current Status

CSAYN has launched activities in Togo, DRC, Cameroon and Nigeria. Plans are under way in Canada for the official launch in October. CSAYN is one the leading and most active youth groups recognized by the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA). CSAYN is collaborating with CANA, SUNCSN and farmingfirst.org. CSAYN has also signed the ZHC and looks forward to its implementation. CSAYN has engaged with the UN Water for Life Decade to assist in scaling up the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme. CSAYN was invited to present during the Global forum for Innovations in August 2015 in Abu Dhabi. CSAYN is also translating the 17 Sustainable Development Goals into vernacular languages that are relevant within all of the CSAYN chapter countries. CSAYN was sponsored by the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) to participate as a panellist in the Third UN Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa.

Expectations for the Future

CSAYN anticipates becoming one of the official implementing partners of the Sustainable Development Goals, working with organizations such as SuSanA and educational organizations, on programmes focusing on SDG 2, Zero Hunger. CSAYN considers all its activities can easily be scaled up as the focus is to work from the ground up, directly with communities and youth, including farmers, to train them on climate-smart techniques, technologies and programmes.

Geographic Coverage

CSAYN has expanded its activities into four key African countries—Cameroon, DRC, Nigeria and Togo—and had a pre-launch organizing meeting in Canada. CSAYN is also in the process of discussing the organization of various other country chapters.

Capacity to Deliver

Implementation strategy includes focusing on

1) the Climate Smart Farmer-to-Farmer field school events across all active CSAYN country chapters and

2) defining and developing a series of guidance documents for all of the CSAYN country chapters to provide them with a framework for interaction with the CSAYN-GCU (Global Coordination Unit) and the various other organizations, including government and institutional and civil society organizations in each respective country that they will be interacting with.
Governance structure of CSAYN currently consists of the CSAYN-GCU.


The monitoring process has been announced via e-mail with colleagues. CSAYN has plans in place to eventually put a monitoring and evaluation framework in place, but CSAYN may require some funding assistance in order to implement a sufficiently rigorous monitoring and evaluation framework for the global network. The specific structures and mechanisms for monitoring the activities of the CSAYN network have not yet been fully defined, and CSAYN’s commitment has not yet been logged with NAZCA.

Contact: Mr. Divine Ntiokam ntiokam2@gmail.com



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Synergie, volonté, épanouissement.
Récépissé de déclaration n° 00000395/RDA/J06/BAPP



On Tuesday, December 29th 2015, the African Youth SDGs Training Program was launched at AFPEFAM’s head office at Mendong Visite technique with 30 participants from youth and women groups, Civil Society Organizations and other associations.

This report summarizes all the activities that took place during the event, including the event’s main objectives and expected outcomes.

I- The strategy and rollout of the training :
It started with a welcome speech by Mr.Ntiokam Divine who initiated the Program.
Mr. Divine briefed on the main objectives as well as the expected outcomes. He stressed on the need to:
 Ensure youths are well informed and own the 17 SDGs, which should be translated into local languages to enhance communication effectiveness.
 Establish SDGs Clubs in schools (nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions) in order to read a broader target audience.
 Endorse all trainees as SDGs Ambassadors within their respective communities.

Mr. Divine later on briefed the participations on the historic MDGs, the new post-2015
development agenda and emphasized the contributions of the MY World2015 global
survey, which fed the 17 SDGs.
Thereafter, Mrs. NGOUYAMSA AWAWOU, president of AFPEFAM.Gave an
overview of AFPEFAM’s mission and activities and underscored that they were proud
to be selected in Cameroon to collaborate with other partners to translate SDGs into
local languages.

Hernandez Nsangou NJIFON and Guy ABOGO volunteers at AFPEFAM explained in more details the transition from MDGs to SDGs,listing the various thematic areas that were missing in the MDGs but have now been incorporated in the in the SDGs. They jointly shared their experiences and motivation in translating the SDGs into Shupamum and Ewondo languages. Ntiokam Divine later on reminded participants to take note of the 3 pillars of SDGs ( Social development, Economic development and Environmental sustainability) and the 5Ps of SDGs namely: (People, Planet, Partnership, Prosperity and Peace).
Mr.JeanNjita, the Director of the UN Information Centre in Cameroon advised participants to own the SDGs through disseminating in local languages and to explore better means of communication.

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Mr. Njita also mentioned that the training marked a huge step forward towards the start of the SDGs implementation from January 1st 2016.

Additionally, he thanked the volunteers for their support for the UN System in Cameroon and for wanting share the SDGs Story in local languages. Such a move, he noted, would enable the inclusion of the most marginalized communities in the process. He reiterated that the 2030 agenda will have two follow-ups and review mechanisms in 2020 and 2025
He said: « we shall have another world, the world we want, a better world for the
future generation »
A coffee break session was coordinated by Miss. Pam Gaelle who ensured that everyone had a bottle of water for refreshment before the next phase of the training.
The next phase was the oral reading of all 17 SDGs, which had been translated to Ewono, Shupamum, Basaa and pidgin by Mrs.Toua Berthe, Hernandez Nsangou, Oum Gerald and Tabi Joda respectively.

II- Results and a way forward :
The main objectives of the training were met: all participants shared their comments and contributions after the training. Participants asked questions regarding what next actions to take after the training? Mr. Jean explained in detail reassuring them that 2016 is a year of sensitization and mobilization of all Cameroonians in support of the SDGs.
Mr. Njita reaffirmed the support of the UN System in Cameroon for the historic and innovative program, encouraging all participants to keep the ball rolling.

Finally, all participants took pledges by signing on the white cloth for references.

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Report drafted by: Hernandez Nsangou, and Ntiokam Divine
For more details about the programme, contact ntiokam2@gmail.com

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The Water for Life Decade celebrates CSAYN

CSAYN featured on Page 12 of UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) 2005-2015 Summary document.

Page 12 – International, Cameroon
• 1st International Competition IlustraMaxima. Saure Publishing

• Climate-Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN-Cameroon)

Climate-Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) ‘s goal is to educate the youth and people living with disabilities on climate-smart agriculture practices, increasing agricultural productivity, and promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation.
CSAYN has joined the Water for Life Decade’s campaign. Affiliate groups have been launched in Cameroon, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Togo.

The Event in Pictures

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CC explaining CSAYN concept to the CAMPOST representative

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Visit to the stand by members of the public

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Population at the graduation ceremony

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Dr Njoya and the Volunteers

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Group Picture

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Founding members (from Lto R) CC Anoncho Valentine,
Nkeh Zita, Dr Njoya Mases


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CSAYN-Canada Climate Smart Farmers “Field School” event

A joint CSAYN – Biochar Ontario event

When: Saturday July 11, 2015 (1pm – 4 pm)
Where: Trent University, Field Experimental Station
Peterborough, Ontario http://www.trentu.ca/
Who: Biochar Ontario & CSAYN-Canada

A summary of the demonstrations at the Trent University Farm
After LUNCH we performed a Live Biochar Production Demonstration at the Trent University Farm, starting with:

o Lloyd Helferty (MC), Introductions [~5min]


Lloyd opened up the day by introducing Biochar Ontario and CSAYN-Canada, and also providing an overview of the concept of “Climate Smart Agriculture” and how Biochar fits into the overall concept of Climate Smart Farming and Food production systems.

o Mitch Gold, Opening Ceremony [~10min]

Mitch did our Opening Ceremonies by telling everyone the story of the Eagle and the Condor and then blowing the conch shell in the Four Directions, North, East, South, and West.

o Prof. Dr. Raul Ponce-Hernandez, D. Phil., Environmental Program, Trent University [~15min]

Raul gas us an introduction to:
 the Trent U “Sustainable/Climate Smart Ag and Food Systems Program”
 the Sustainable Agriculture Field Experimental Station [Trent U. Farm]

Raul provided us with an excellent overview of the Trent University Farm and the programs that both the professors and the students are involved in. His take home message:
“We need to get some concrete outputs. The younger generation wants real action; to put something concrete on the ground.”

o Harry Ha, Small stove demo & talk on integrated bio-energy / district energy [~30min+]

Harry gave an excellent demonstration of his char-producing “stove”, and even cooked a “meal” of instant noodles for us to sample. His stove was a new design based on the Top-Lit-Up-Draft (TLUD) principles, but with a “hybrid” design that included both an inner and outer ring of biomass.

A Data logger was connected to Harry’s stove during his demonstration, provided courtesy of Julien Winter, so that we could obtain values for the heat / energy that is produced by the stove during the burn. The maximum
temperature of the burn was almost 700 degrees Celsius.


Harry’s stove design resulted in the production of biochar in the inner chamber only, while the outer chamber burned to ashes. His biochar is expected to be very high pH with high ash content.


After the biochar was “washed” (the ash rinsed away), the biochar looks very nice. The ash can still be seen clinging to the char, which indicates that this biochar should be suitable for acidic soils, which is typical in tropical countries like Haiti, where Harry has also been doing some experiments with biochar and humanure composters.


Harry then explained for us his concepts for the creation of a Combined Heat and Biochar (CHAB) system that could be designed to produce “District Energy” in the form of Heat and possibly also Electricity, as well as biochar.


o Julien Winter, Large system Demo [~30min+]


Julien explained to us his more traditional TLUD design using large barrels, and all of the many scientific experiments that he has done to measure their performance.

Julien then performed a demonstration of char-making using a TLUD and vertically-oriented wood sticks.

Julien also explained the operation of this much larger 55 gallon TLUD design, with afterburner, to the delight of all the audience members, who unfortunately could not see it in operation since the burn time would have been too long and we were running out of time. He did show us the very clean biochar that resulted from his burn using the smaller TLUD and the vertical wood sticks.


Julien delighted the audience members with his talk.

o Don Trott, Words of advice for farmers [~10min]


Don then gave us his own advice and experience as a farmer in the Ottawa Greenbelt who has been dabbling with biochar for the past several years.

o Lloyd Helferty, Inoculation talk [~20min+]

Lloyd then gave a brief, and slightly controversial, talk about the “optimum” methods of preparing biochar for use in soils. This led to an exchange between Dr. Ponce-Hernandez and himself regarding the “proper” way to prepare and utilize biochar for maximum benefit in Canadian soils. Biochar is obviously a new science!


We then wrapped up the day with a final photo shoot for the young farmers in attendance at our event.

Along with a final “offering” to the “Soil Gods”…


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The flag off would not have been successful without the assistance of the Nigerian Youths Against Climate Change (NYACC) and Dr Obi Ejeatuluchukwu hence, I want to thank them and the CSA team graciously for giving me the privilege to serve humanity.


It came as a challenge to me, knowing that Nigeria is the pilot country in West Africa, but not withstanding my team and I did everything possible to ensure that the flag off was done in December 2014. Considering the objectives of CSA, there was no better theme to consider than ‘THINK, EAT AND SAVE’.


This great event took place on December 19, 2014 at the College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Okofia, Nnewi campus. About forty students from different disciplines gathered for the event.

The three hours event began with welcoming of students, lectures and special guests. Mounting the podium, the country co-coordinator Mr. Ejeguo Ogheneovo began by calling to mind the current changes in climate, climate shift and its impacts on the environment, the economy and man. He emphatically stressed global warming as a cause of rise in seawater and the incessant natural disasters. Furthermore, he said the dwindling economy in Nigeria is because the attention of everyone is centered on crude oil forgetting that agriculture is the major employer of the labor. With the forecast of an unusual upsurge in population by 2050 as stated by the united nation, it would be pertinent for youths to get fully involved in agriculture to fight the fear of food insecurity. In his speech, he did not forget to mention the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge Campaign, stating the menace child malnutrition has caused over the years.

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Dr Ubaoji Kingsley, a nutrition expert, Department of Applied Biochemistry, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka in his lecture ‘THINK, EAT AND SAVE’ began with the statement “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves behind for her children.” Dr Kingsley also said earth is falling and failing in several areas leading to air pollution, water pollution and land pollution. he stressed that good health stands on a tripod stand of REST, EXERCISE AND DIET. Moreover, he said our nutrition has been adulterated due to industrial processes of food production, which depletes many nutrients—the heavy chemicals used as fertilizers make modern crops lower in nutrients when compared with crops in ancient times. He pointed out that poor nutrition (lack of the right nutrients) has resulted in conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke, which are now diseases of the young instead of the old.

By way of conclusion, Dr Ubaoji Kingsley said the only way to ensuring food security, good nutrition and reclaiming the earth are: educating the youths about climate change encouraging youths to be fully involved in agriculture, educating the public on good nutrient and eating more natural food than purified ones, setting up food banks, and ‘regreening’ the earth.

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The curtain was drawn on the occasion as the country coordinator gave a             vote of thanks followed by snapping of group photographs. See attached for photographs of the event.


Country coordinator

Ejeguo  Ogheneovo


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Celebrating FARA: Commemorating the 15th anniversary of our partner

By: Alejandra Soto (CSAYN Global Unit)

On November 26th the celebrations of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) anniversary were inaugurated in Johannesburg, South Africa, and will continue till the 28th of this month. For this event many activities were prepared under the main theme “Delivering Africa’s Future Through Science-led Agricultural Transformation”, including the launching of the new Strategic Plan for the next five years. The founder of the CSA Youth Network and Liaison to YPARD, Ntiokam Divine is participating in these events, to present our work and the activities the youth is doing in regards to climate-smart agriculture.


This is a very special celebration because FARA is turning 15 years since its launch in 1999. Once the Special Program for African Agricultural Research, an initiative started by the World Bank according to the Forum’s website, FARA has served as a point of contact for many African organizations that work in Agriculture and Development. It is also very important to us, because the CSA Youth Network started with the support of FARA, and many of their members collaborate with us spreading the word among the young people on climate change and smart agriculture action.

During the first day a series of different panels were discussed, from climate change to agriculture and technology in Africa, including an event on youth and climate-smart agriculture where Ntiokam Divine presented our work along with Andrianjafy Rasoanindrainy. Also, among the speakers present today, were Dr. Yemi Akimbamijo, Executive Director of FARA, and Dr. Jimmy Smith, Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute.

Congratulations to FARA for their work and achievements in the last 15 years and for their efforts in enhancing African agriculture. We hope that in the future we continue collaborating for the African youth and for a sustainable environment.

During this week we will keep informing you about FARA’s celebration, so keep in touch to get the latest news.

For more information on Celebrating FARA please visit the event’s website: http://www.cvent.com/events/fara-celebration/event-summary-d6f2aa6a8f30480f89337e9cd1550251.aspx

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The CSA Youth Network Present at the Global Alliance for CSA Inaugural Meeting

By: Aishu Narasimhadevara



On 24 September 2014, the inaugural meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, United States of America. The event was during the United Nations General Assembly when many events were going on to come up with global solutions to solve world problems. Representatives from various governments, non-governmental organisations and companies gathered together to join the effort to implement climate-smart agriculture.

It was interesting to meet people from various organisations. I had the opportunity to learn more about agriculture, which was fascinating. Learning about different methods used in agriculture to grow more crops was very interesting. I learned about resilient crops and the importance of landscapes. It was fascinating to hear from various experts about agriculture.

The first part and second part of the meeting had representatives from different countries and organisations who spoke about their countries and the efforts they have taken in order to implement CSA. The event included many distinguished speakers, including: Her Excellency Ms. Sharon Dijksma, the Dutch Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Frank Rijsberman, the CEO of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and His Excellency Mr. Akinwuni Adesina, the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture. The various measures countries have taken towards climate change are remarkable. For instance: Latin America has an initiative to restore twenty million hectares of land for agriculture. Another measure includes the African Landscape Action Plan which is for sustainable rural development and to have landscapes to be taken into consideration. Farmers in India have weather insurance, and in the state of Maharashtra, there are 1,000 climate-smart villages. Everybody at the event was very enthusiastic about promoting CSA; their passion, efforts and dedication was evident.

Credit: Aishu Narasimhadevara

The third part of the event had speakers from the private sector. One speaker mentioned that farmers, ranchers, and fishers voices are being heard. Some other methods in climate-smart agriculture, the speakers mentioned were about having trees and shrubs into an agricultural system and to incorporate double-story agriculture.

In order for this movement to be successful, it is important for governments, the private sector, and civil society to work together. The last part of the event was a panel discussion amongst all three sectors. All the panelists agreed that climate-smart agriculture is the future and in order to protect the Earth, we must take action now. One of the speakers mentioned a quote by Abraham Lincoln: “The best way to predict future is to create it.” Everybody who attended the event enjoyed and was eager to join the CSA movement.

Our world is a beautiful and diverse place with its flora and fauna. But, due to pollution, degradation, and other activities, the climate patterns of the Earth have been affected, impacting at the same time the ecology of the Earth and the livelihoods of its inhabitants. The population of the world is increasing and in order to provide food to everybody it is important to develop agriculture that will use less resources and that will be sustainable.  Climate-smart agriculture is one step towards making our world a better place.

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