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10 March 2022

Policy brief launch by Agroforestry Network

Women collecting firewood in Sierra Leone. Photo: Annie Spratt / Unsplash

Youth are in a transitional phase between being a child and becoming an adult – a transition that in itself can be a challenge. Young farmers living in rural areas today face additional challenges, such as mounting unemployment combined with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing food insecurity and aggravating impacts of climate change. Agroforestry – a farming technique that combines cultivating crops, pasture and trees – can address some of these challenges and also contribute to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During this lunch webinar, Agroforestry Network launches the policy brief Agroforestry and youth – possibilities and barriers, showcasing the role of agroforestry for young farmers’ livelihoods in sub-Saharan African countries. The brief outlines concrete recommendations for policymakers on how to use agroforestry in an inclusive manner to create new opportunities for youth in food systems.

Online event. Register here to receive the meeting link.


Session I

Introduction by Eva Åberg, Director of Vi Agroforestry/Vi-skogen

Key note speaker Stockholm+50 and youth, Anna Axelsson, Sida

Session II

Presentation of the policy brief, Alice Castensson and Jonathan Eng, SIANI

Session III

Panel dialogue, moderated by Matilda Palm, Coordinator Agroforestry Network. Panellists:

  • Akilimali Ndatabaye Ephrem, Université Officielle de Bukavu, DRC
  • Stephano Msuya, MVIWAKI (National Networks of Farmers’ Groups in Tanzania)
  • Celina Butali, Regional Gender, Children and Youth Advisor, Vi Agroforestry/Vi-skogen
  • Representative from Sthlm+50 Youth Task Force (to be decided)

Session IIII

Conclusions and ways forward, Matilda Palm, Coordinator Agroforestry Network

For any questions, reach out to Matilda Palm,



From 10 March 2022 at 12:00 to 10 March 2022 at 13:00




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