The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.
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Nov 9

COP23 side event: Youth Engagement in Climate Smart Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenge

COP23 side event: Youth Engagement in Climate Smart Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenge

Event Overview

This side event is one of the proposals that was approved by UNFCCC as an official side event held in Bon Zone. It was co-organized by CTA with IFAD, Climate-Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), Ibn Zour University of Morocco and CCAFS.

The session was moderated by Dr Olu Ajayi who also gave an overview presentation emphasizing the role of youth in CSA. Other speakers at the session include officers from IFAD, CSAYN, Prof Bogale of the African Union and the co-organisers. 

To address the climate change challenge and other environmental issues, it is very important to change the perception of youth towards agriculture and provide capacity building opportunities and support for their active participation in sustainable agricultural development using climate-smart agriculture (CSA) approaches to meet the demands of the increasing global population in manner that will ensure reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (i.e. mitigation) from this sector, as well as enhancing the sector’s resilience to climate change (i.e. adaptation).

The event was well attended by over 150 participants, several of which were walk-ins recorded due to the convenient location and, wide dissemination of the event on the official UNFCCC screen and website. Key issues emerging from the side event include the following: need to ensure profitability of agriculture by moving it from a social sector to agribusiness sector, showcase successful climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and sharing the successes widely to encourage youth, pay attention to the gender dimension of CSA in the scaling up efforts.

Panellists

Ntiokam Divine

Managing Director AND President of the CSAYN

Amanda Namayi

Regional Coordinator for East Africa at the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN)

Catherine Mungai

Partnerships and policy specialist, CCAFS

Ayalneh Bogale

Climate Change and Agriculture Advisor, African Union Commission

Amath Pathe Sene

Lead Technical Specialist, Environment-Climate for West and Central Africa

Latifa Daadaoui

ENCG, Université Ibn Zohr, Morocco

Sahar Saoud

University Professor at ENCG Agadir

Zouhir Mahani

Researcher, University Ibn Zohr - Agadir · Department of Science computing

Martin Bwalya

Head of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, NEPAD

Moderators

Oluyede Ajayi

Senior Programme Coordinator, Agriculture & Climate Change, CTA

Freizeitpark Rheinaue, Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 20, 53175 Bonn, Germany

Speakers

Panellists

Ntiokam Divine

Managing Director AND President of the CSAYN

Amanda Namayi

Regional Coordinator for East Africa at the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN)

Catherine Mungai

Partnerships and policy specialist, CCAFS

Ayalneh Bogale

Climate Change and Agriculture Advisor, African Union Commission

Amath Pathe Sene

Lead Technical Specialist, Environment-Climate for West and Central Africa

Latifa Daadaoui

ENCG, Université Ibn Zohr, Morocco

Sahar Saoud

University Professor at ENCG Agadir

Zouhir Mahani

Researcher, University Ibn Zohr - Agadir · Department of Science computing

Martin Bwalya

Head of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, NEPAD

Moderators

Oluyede Ajayi

Senior Programme Coordinator, Agriculture & Climate Change, CTA

Organisers

  • IFAD

    Headquartered in Rome, Italy, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialised agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. It was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$18.5 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 464 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialised United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub. In support of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), through its nominee AFRACA – The African Rural and Agriculture Credit Association, IFAD Co-Chairs the Finance Thematic Working Group and regularly participates in AGRF related sessions, workshops, programs related to the improvement of access to finance in Africa by smallholder farmers.

  • CSAYN

    The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network is a group of volunteers (based in countries in SSA, also Asia, USA 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 Climate-Smart Agriculture(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.

  • UIZ

    Ibn Zohr University takes its name from the scholar Andalusian Abu Marwan Abdel Malik bin Mohammed ben Marwan ibn Zhor el-Iyadi known as Avenzoar, from an old family of Sevillian doctors of the Arab tribe of the Iyad. Ibn Zohr University is a public institution of scientific, cultural and professional character. Created in 1989 (The Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Sciences existed since 1984 and then depended on the University Cadi Ayyad of Marrakech). Unique in its region, it is a major player and a driving force for the development of higher education and research in the Moroccan southern and Sahara Provinces.

  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

  • CGIAR

    CGIAR is the only worldwide partnership addressing agricultural research for development, whose work contributes to the global effort to tackle poverty, hunger and major nutrition imbalances, and environmental degradation. It is carried out by 15 Centers, that are members of the CGIAR Consortium, in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organisations, academia, development organisations and the private sector. The 15 Research Centers generate and disseminate knowledge, technologies, and policies for agricultural development through the CGIAR Research Programs. The CGIAR Fund provides reliable and predictable multi-year funding to enable research planning over the long term, resource allocation based on agreed priorities, and the timely and predictable disbursement of funds. The multi-donor trust fund finances research carried out by the Centers through the CGIAR Research Programs.

  • CCAFS

    The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) will address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through a strategic collaboration between CGIAR and Future Earth. Led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CCAFS is a collaboration among all 15 CGIAR research centres and coordinates with the other CGIAR research programs. Learn more about our people. All CGIAR centres have a stake in CCAFS, and numerous Centres have considerable climate change expertise and activities. In addition, there is an on-going commitment to a major international partner (Future Earth).