CSA Youth Network

Working towards a resilient environment through climate-smart agriculture

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Venue : Bamenda University, Cameroon

CSA invites to consider these three objectives together at different scales – from farm to landscape – at different levels –  from local to global – and over short and long time horizons, taking into account national and local specificities and priorities.

The CSAYN-Cameroon is a group of inclusive volunteers who have strong interest in Climate-Smart agriculture, food security and resilience.


It is envisaged that CSAYN-Cameroon will be

  1. A food security and nutrition focused, agriculture-driven and action-oriented coalition of entities committed to incorporating climate-smart approaches encompassing all scales and types of agricultural systems, across all climates and approaches to farming, including crop, livestock, fishery and forestry activities, providing farmers an innovative toolbox of options from which to choose;
  2. A broad, open and inclusive, platform focused on action, knowledge and practice sharing and learning, that inspires its members, promotes far-ranging dialogue that encourages concerted advocacy, and where all relevant voices can be heard;

iii. A voluntary association whose members hold a joint interest in both food security and nutrition and climate change, support the adoption and implementation of climate-smart agriculture, and provide regular updates on progress toward their individual and collective aspirations.

CSAYN-Cameroon is made up of 7 partner institutions ranging from CBOs, NGOs, Universities and Government institutions. The founding members are the following Anoncho Valentine, Dr Njoya Moses and Nkeh Zita Ngwenyi. We come together once a week and draw up a plan of activities for the next week.
In view of the launch, the following plan of activities was earmarked: 


Activity Responsibility Deadline
Preparatory meeting Valentine, Njoya, Zita Friday 28/11/2014
Budget for the event Valentine, Njoya, Zita Monday 1/12/2014
Email to IUCN for radio contact Valentine Monday 1/12/2014
Development of Flyer and banner idea Valentine Monday 1/12/2014
Contact to some local Radio stations to cover event Njoya Tuesday 2/12/2014
Mobilize Volunteers Njoya Tuesday 2/12/2014
Location of Stand for the event Njoya Thursday 4/12/2014
Design and printing of flyers and banner Valentine Thursday 4/12/2014
Printing of t-shirts Valentine, Njoya Thursday 4/12/2014
Collection of T-shirts and banners Zita Thursday 4/12/2014
Snacks for the event Zita Thursday 4/12/2014


CSAYN and the networks Njoya Friday  5/12/2014
CSAYN Cameroon

Its Focus

Advantages and opportunities

Zero Hunger Challenge

Valentine Friday 5/12/2014
Aquaculture and climate change Zita Friday 5/12/2014

Launch Proper:

The launch of the CSAYN-Cameroon chapter took place in the University of Bamenda during the Matriculation and graduation ceremony. These events witness the participation of over 13.000 people coming from all parts of Cameroon. Targeting this event, we saw an opportunity to make CSAYN known all over Cameroon.

Early on Friday morning, the banner and T-shirts were picked up and taken to the Campus of the University of Bamenda. At about 10am, the stand for CSAYN-Cameroon was installed with the various documents on display. By 10:15am the T-shirts were distributed to the participants. Participants included university students from the various departments, and members of the public.

Next on the line were Presentations:

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The first presentation that dwelled on the CSA network was presented by Dr Njoya Moses. He elaborated on the reason behind CSA, CSAYN and the entire network. Followed was the presentation by Mr Anoncho Valentine that explained the Genesis of CSAYN-Cameroon chapter and welcomes the participants into the new vision of sustainable agriculture in the face of climate extremes. He went further to explain that CSAYN is an all-inclusive forum that leaves no youth behind. Be you handicapped, short, tall or from which class, ethnic or religious background, if you are motivated, you can be part of CSAYN. The purpose of this launch he went further to explain was to

  • Raise awareness on climate smart agriculture among young people to enable them make sustainable decisions for the future in the agricultural sector.
  • Raise awareness on the present and future threats to climate change and agriculture
  • Educate the young people on the contributions they can make in the sector through the application of climate smart practices in agriculture, aquaculture and forestry.
  • CSAYN will carry out ZERO Hunger Campaign in schools, market places and hospitals to scale-up the eradication of malnutrition among youth and people living with disabilities across Cameroon.

Mrs. Nkeh Zita closed the presentation sessions with a talk on the role Aquaculture can play in climate change mitigation. There is no doubt that with the coming of CSAYN to Cameroon, there will be a great relieve for the youths in particular and the people of Cameroon in general who love agriculture. adding to the fact that it is going to alleviate poverty. In Cameroon today most people prefer and consume fish which is a cheap source of protein. This has led to a high demand for fish due to increasing population whereas fish produced in the aquaculture sector together with imported fish cannot meet the needs of the people in Cameroon. This she elaborated is a great opportunity for the young people to engage in Aquaculture because there will always be mouths to feed. Therefore she concluded that adopting innovative fish farming methods will increase productivity and at the same time mitigate the effects of climate change.

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The question and answer session followed the presentations and each presenter had the opportunity to respond to the questions in their domain.  At the end of this activity, the flyers were handed to the volunteers who went about distributing the flyers. A total of 500 people visited our stand with great interest on our vision.

The event ended up with pictures that caught the highlights of the ceremony.


Challenges faced by the CSAYN Cameroon

  • No fix office for now
  • People desire to see activities on the field
  • Financial constraint

Evaluation meeting:

Way forward

Prepared by : Anoncho Valentine; Reviewed by : Dr Njoya Moses
Validated by: Mrs. Nkeh Zita


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I. Official Launch of Climate Smart Agriculture In DRC
(Held at the House of Knowledge in Kinshasa, 30 January 2015)

The main objective is to arouse young people’s interest in the importance of agriculture and environmental issues in the DRC but also inform young CSAYN the launch of the network in the DRC.
The specific objectives of the workshop were to:
– Launching the activities of the branch of CSAYN – DRC
– Projecting the actions to be undertaken during 2015 in the DRC;
– Introduce facilitators and accompanying partners CSAYN DRC.


II. Brainstorming Workshop

Congolese youth face the challenges of climate change
The Objective of this workshop was to bring Congolese youth to realize themselves and reflect on the challenges of climate change in the context of their country in particular and World in general.


III. Champs-Peasant School

A promising approach for young unemployed Kavumu School Champs-Paysan (CEP) is an approach that was developed in the years 1989 in Indonesia by FAO with the aim of forming rice farmers in integrated pest management. The CEP is a method of community education and participatory extension; it is a school without walls where the agri-farmers learn by observation, per share and experiment in their own fields. This is not to educate farmers rather to empower them and make them capable of making their own decisions. And they become experts in their own fields.
The project objectives were to teach young people (65 young unemployed Kavumu / SOUTH KIVU) good agricultural practices, organize youth group of producers, train and educate youth on the fundamentals of economic law marketing of agricultural products and to develop in the young the idea of support through work.


III. Integrated management of soil fertility

Basis for sustainable agricultural intensification in Kabare / South Kivu
Today in South Kivu, the loss of soil fertility greatly hampers agricultural production. Indeed, in the Kabare territory, with a few volcanic regions, soils are incapable of producing good crops. This inability to produce soil is mainly due to the soil regularly operating without following the fallow period, water erosion and the low consumption of fertilizers to compensate for losses often experienced soils.

From 7 to 9 August, 2015, in collaboration with CSAYN, NEW DAY association and Hope Land asbl Congo Kabare organized a mobilization meeting on the integration of the concepts of intelligent agriculture in farming practices. During the interview, farmers have shown that soil fertility decline is a limiting factor in agricultural production and it is imperative to find a solution for this problem.

Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) is a solution that can help fight against the loss of soil fertility problems in Kabare. This is a technique that involves better use of nutrient stocks in the soil, local amendments and mineral fertilizers in order to increase land yields while ensuring the improvement and sustainability of their fertility.

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IV. Action Campaign HUNGER FREE

The campaign HUNGER FREE, HGF, is a generation of promotional space ”Generation Zero Hunger” as effective fight against extreme poverty, Objective 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals post2015.
It is used on the occasion of World Food Day, whose theme was “Social protection and agriculture – break the vicious circle of rural poverty ‘, to send a strong message to the younger generation – generation zero Hunger to encourage young people, women and vulnerable people (person with disability) for the challenge and engage in the struggle to sustainably eradicating hunger and poverty within 15 years. This action was organized in December and had experienced a 38 people.


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Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security

By Regina Laub and Susan Kaaria, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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It’s another typical day for Josephine Keremi. She’s up at sunrise, spends her morning scurrying around the house preparing meals, washing clothes, and gathering water and firewood. All this before her three children and husband wake up to begin another long day in the fields to harvest sweet potatoes and beans for the local market.

The Keremi family lives in a village called Kaithango. It’s located in the Eastern province of Kenya. This region receives very low rainfall throughout the year. This causes many headaches for Josephine and other rural farmers like herself. It not only sparks arguments between them over the use of scarce resources, it also translates in being unable to produce enough food to feed themselves and their families on a daily basis. In fact, many households in her village frequently go hungry…

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Interview with Ruth Meinzen-Dick on reducing the gender asset gap through agricultural development

Why is it important to close the gender asset gap, especially in agricultural development?

In light of the upcoming Platform Annual General Assembly on gender and food systems,  IFPRI’s senior research fellow Ruth Meinzen-Dick discusses in an in-depth interview with the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development how agricultural development projects can understand how men’s and women’s control of assets will affect project participation and outcomes.

Compared to many other development targets there was a lot of data to support that narrowing the gap between men and women in terms of control over various types of household assets substantially improved agricultural productivity, said Meinzen-Dick.

For long-term poverty reduction, and especially for breaking the intergenerational transmission of poverty, gender equality is absolutely critical. Meinzen-Dick, points out that gender-focused interventions are not deterministic ‘social engineering,’ and that almost all development interventions bring about changes to the fabric of a society.

In retrospect on the…

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Moving from analysis to action and outcomes in gender and agriculture research

Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security

Jemimah Njuki

Since Caroline Moser developed the Framework for a Gender and Development (GAD) approach to development planning in the 1980s while working at the Development Planning Unit (DPU) of the University of London, there has been a proliferation of gender analysis tools and toolkits in agricultural projects is becoming the norm rather than the exception. The Moser Framework set the parameters for gender analysis through its focus on women’s strategic and practical gender needs. While there was criticism of certain elements of the framework, especially its focus on roles and not relationships, the framework did set a stage for addressing women’s practical needs, those that if met, help women in current activities and strategic needs which, if met, transform the balance of power between men and women.

The evolution of other frameworks and tools over the years has tended to focus on gender analysis, which while important in…

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07- 08 Novembre 2014

Je suis très heureux de vous présenter ce rapport de lancement official de CSAYN TOGO.

Lancement officiel de CSAYN TOGO s’est déroulé dans des différentes localités suivantes : Lomé et Kpalimé.

1. 08 Novembre 2014 deuxièmes lancement officielle de CSAYN à Lomé la capitale du Togo. Il se situe dans la région Maritime.

Comme dans tout climat tropical, la ville connaît deux saisons des pluies, la principale commence en avril et se termine vers juillet, puis une seconde saison des pluies moins importante commence début septembre et se finit fin novembre.

La chaleur est constante, la température maximale moyenne sous abri est en moyenne de 30 °C l’après-midi, et la température minimale moyenne est de 23 °C le matin. Au début de l’année, souffle parfois l’harmattan, un vent sec venu du Sahara et qui peut faire descendre le thermomètre de Lomé à 19 °C, le matin.

Lomé reste aussi largement influencé par l’océan. Ainsi, on a l’usage de dire que le climat est ici un climat équatorial tempéré par l’océan. La chaleur est ainsi stable, sans pointes excessives, et le souffle qui vient de la mer, la rend assez agréable.

Ce qui est intéressant, c’est la faible pluviométrie pour une telle latitude, en effet, Lomé jouit d’un micro-climat qui lui permet d’atteindre une faible pluviométrie pour la région (800 mm par an). À titre de comparaison, Paris reçoit en moyenne 650 mm par an.

Les participant sont aux nombres de 102 et c’étais vraiment des exploits. Le lancement est  bien déroulé dans harmonie magnifique.

Le soir du 08 Novembre : Il y a eux des discutions entre les Jeunes et des ateliers de travaille sur les questions de changement climatique et les nouvelle méthodes agriculture de CSAYN.


(Lomé) 102 Participants
J’explique les objectif, mission et visions de CSAYN et je leur encouragé et a participé a toutes les activités et programmes de CSAYN

Nous sommes au Total au nombre de 386 Jeunes  et adultes dans les 2 localités ; nous avons partagé nos connaissances sur le changement climatique et sur comment trouver des Solutions fiables, des nouvelle méthodes  d’agriculture et surtout travailler dure pour atteindre les objectifs de CSAYN.

Pendant 45 minutes j’ai expliqué le travail de CSAYN l’objectif, vision et but.


Participant : 189
La nuit de discutions et de débats : Pourquoi la CSAYN ?
Et plein questions et des apports.

Les jeunes sont engagés à travailler dur pour atteindre l’objectif et la vision de CSAYN.

Je suis très heureux car tous les participants sont engagés à lutter contre le changement climatique.

Les travaux ont déjà commencé et vous aurez bientôt de très bons rendements.

Les grand projets, formations et séminaires serons organisé et réalisé.

Compte tenu de la grandeur du travaille qui se passe au Togo nous vous prions de bien vouloir venir nous assistés dans nos projets, formations, séminaires, et autres pour l’accomplissement des œuvres ici au TOGO.

Nous avons formé un comité de 6 membres et nous sommes en collaboration avec le ministère l’environnement, agriculture et élevage.

CSAYN est le bien venu au Togo et merci beaucoup pour le grand comité.

Je suis prêt et déterminé à travailler dure pour accomplir la mission et atteindre la vision de CSAYN.


2. Le 07 Novembre 2014 :

C’est le premier lancement à Kpalimé dans la région des plateaux.

La région des plateaux subit un climat subéquatorial guinéen de transition caractérisée par un régime bimodal avec une grande saison pluvieuse de mi mars et octobre, interrompue par une petite saison sache de mi-juillet  mi-août (diminution des pluies) et enfin, une grande saison sache de novembre et mi mars.



Les températures moyennes annuelles sont de 2oC pour le district de Kloto. Le mois le plus chaud etant février avec un maximum de 34o C et un minimum de 21o C. Le mois d’août est lui, le mois le plus froid avec un maximum de 25 oc et un minimum de 19oC.

Kpalimé, zone la plus arrosée du pays, connait des pointes allant jusqu’au 1900 mm/an. Cependant les précipitations moyennes annuelles se situent entre 1200 et 1400 mm par an pour 100 a  125 jours de pluie. La fréquence et l’abondance des pluies reflètent l’aspect verdoyant de la végétation et la densité? importante de la couverture végétale (Forts, savane arbore, forts galeries le long des cours d’eau, essences tropicales?)


(KPALIME) 95 Participants

J’explique les objectif et visions de CSAYN et je leur encouragé a engagé au changement climatique.


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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

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