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.
Regional Coordinator for East Africa at the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN)
Climate Change and Agriculture Advisor, African Union Commission
Amath Pathe Sene
Lead Technical Specialist, Environment-Climate for West and Central Africa
Researcher, University Ibn Zohr - Agadir · Department of Science computing
Head of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, NEPAD
Senior Programme Coordinator, Agriculture & Climate Change, CTA