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15 April 2021
Youth

Have your say about the future of sustainable farming!

Kevin Ochieng, Kenya. Photo: Elin Larsson (Vi-skogen).

With the increasing effects of climate change as well as rising hunger and poverty levels, we need to safeguard future food production and ensure that rural youth have a resilient, food secure and prosperous future. Agroforestry practices – combining trees, crops and animals on the same land – can help achieve these goals. How can agroforestry benefit the younger generation?

We are calling rural youth to respond to our survey and help us better understand the links between agroforestry and youth.

Research papers state that farming with agroforestry can diversify income sources, improve nutrition security, support biodiversity, help soil to hold more water, while reviving its fertility, and mitigate adverse impacts of climate change. Thus, agroforestry could help us overcome several development challenges at once, and there are endless green innovative solutions to create, while also restoring the earth and producing delicious nourishing foods

What can agroforestry offer young people that other farming practices don’t have? How can rural youths use agroforestry to respond the challenges they are facing? And how can young people utilize their knowledge and expertise to safeguard society against hunger? The Agroforestry Network and the Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI) seek to answer these questions and need your support.

If you are between 15 to 34 years of age, live in the countryside in a Sub-Saharan African country, fill out our survey and help us understand your needs and wishes, so that we can advocate for better solutions. You do not need any previous experience or knowledge of farming or agroforestry practices to participate in the survey. The information we receive from the survey will be used to write a short publication about youth and agroforestry. The publication will also highlight knowledge and activity gaps that could help promote the use of agroforestry among rural youth and support them in building a better future.

Are you between the age of 15 and 34 and want to share your knowledge? Welcome to respond to our survey!


Respond to the survey in English.

Respond to the survey in  French.

Respond to the survey in Swahili.


 

Do you know anyone who should participate in the survey? Please, help us to share this invitation!

For further information or questions, please contact:

Linda Hansson, Communications coordinator, SIANI

Jonathan Eng, Network coordinator, SIANI