Sharing Youth Experiences in Practicing Agroecology for Climate Adaptation in Africa


Speakers: Mercy Mbatiah, Ahirirwe Leticia, Judy Kipkenda, Leonida Odongo

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 70% of sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 30. This is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to addressing the food and climate crisis the continent currently faces. As agribusinesses push for climate-smart agriculture, in order to sell more of their chemicals and seeds, young Africans are becoming conscious of the need to reverse what is happening to their continent.

Through community dialogues both online and offline, youth are coming together to learn about agroecology and alternatives to a chemical skewed system of food production. It is a journey of being conscious about what people eat, of connecting with nature and the elderly, of learning together and co-creating knowledge. Of understanding seeds and why indigenous varieties are more resilient.

Through regional platforms such as the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, youth-focused organisations such as Haki Nawiri Afrika and Schools and Colleges Permaculture Programme (SCOPE) are creating spaces for learning about climate change and a transition towards agroecology. Through the adoption of agroecology principles, young people are reconnecting to nature, one youth at a time.


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