How Can Investing in Youth Leaders Combat Record Unemployment in Nigeria?

Guest Blog

By Joe McCarthy

Nigeria has struggled with an unemployment crisis for several years.

In 2021, unemployment in the country affected a third of the working-age population, with more than half of the people between the ages of 15 and 24 without work. For people in the next age bracket, 25 to 34, the unemployment rate reached 37.2%.

But Oyindamola Adegboye, grants and special projects coordinator at the youth empowerment organization LEAP Africa, recognizes the boundless potential of the country’s youth if resources, funding, and leadership opportunities are made available to them.  

As part of Global Citizen’s partnership with the Ban Ki-moon Centre, Oyindamola recently spoke to Global Citizen about the state of youth unemployment in Nigeria, and how there is a leadership gap that threatends to exclude young people from the job market.  Read our new content piece with Global Citizen HERE and find out why funding farmers is key to ending unemployment, poverty and hunger around the world.

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Why Is Agriculture Key to Ending Unemployment in Kenya

Guest Blog

By Joe McCarthy

Kenya’s economy revolves around farming. More than 40% of the population, including 70% of rural adults, work in the agricultural sector, which generates a third of the country’s gross domestic product, according to USAID.

Harvesting crops, preparing and processing foods, and then selling goods locally or abroad is central to day-to-day life. 

Yet Loureen Akinyi Awuor, a programmes officer at the Kenya National Farmers’ Federation and “Young Women in Climate Adaptation” Trainee, still thinks agriculture is a “gold mine” of untapped opportunity. 

As part of Global Citizen’s partnership with the Ban Ki-moon Centre, Awuor recently spoke to Global Citizen about the state of youth employment in Kenya, how agriculture can be improved, and what structural investments need to be made to unlock the country’s potential.  Read our new content piece with Global Citizen HERE and find out why funding farmers is key to ending unemployment, poverty and hunger around the world. 

You can Take Action Now and Speak Up for Farmers on the Frontline of the Climate Crisis! Leave a personal message and tell your leader why smallholder farmers need our help.

How Funding for Farmers Can Help End Hunger and Poverty

Guest Blog

By Joe McCarthy

Globally, there are over 500 million smallholder farms, working on which are over a billion people who cultivate fruits and vegetables and raise animals to create the food that ends up providing half of the world’s calories.

By preventing hunger and generating economic activity, these farmers create the conditions for communities to thrive. But farming is an arduous profession made even more challenging by the worsening effects of climate change.

The world is at a crossroads — now is the time to put the full weight of global development behind the people who put food on all of our tables.  Read our new content piece with Global Citizen HERE and find out why funding farmers is the biggest step in fighting poverty and hunger around the world. 

 

Ban Ki-moon Calls on Countries to Invest in Climate Adaptation

 

Global Citizen, 22 April 2021

“Only through such solidarity can we limit climate risks.” 

Countries must use this Earth Day as an opportunity to invest in climate adaptation measures, Ban Ki-moon, the former United Nations secretary-general, said in a statement on Wednesday

The veteran diplomat said that climate change already poses “risks to lives and livelihoods,” and that these consequences will only multiply in the decades to come. Countries have to rapidly accelerate their climate commitments to prevent further environmental decline.

“No nation or community is immune from the impact of climate change, but the vulnerable are feeling the effects first and worst,” Ban said.

Climate change is a neutral force, but it’s happening to societies rife with inequalities. As a result, people living in poverty are more likely to be impacted by climate change. Women are also more impacted than men, and Black people, Indigneous people, and people of color (BIPOC) are disproportionately harmed. The intersectional nature of climate impacts means that all efforts to protect the planet must prioritize climate justice.

This means that at-risk communities must receive the resources they need to prepare for and adapt to climate shocks, setting them up for a resilient future. 

The world’s smallholder farmers, in particular, need urgent assistance. In many agricultural hotspots, climate change is making it harder to grow crops. Farmers who tend small plots of land are both losing their sources of income and food in the process. Without money to recover and adapt, these farmers are often forced to sell their livestock and land to avoid hunger.

Supporting farmers means first and foremost reducing greenhouse gas emissions to prevent catastrophic global warming. In material terms, it also means providing them with the technology, seeds, and market access that will allow them to withstand climate impacts. Facilitating farmer cooperatives can help farmers build local networks of power and resources.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is joined by Global Citizen for its advocacy around this cause and overall climate action.

Supporting smallholder farmers would have benefits beyond local harvests and individual income levels. It would also reduce global hunger at a time when hunger is on the rise, bolster local and national economies, support broader community welfare, and mitigate the factors that lead to conflict.

More than 40 leaders are attending the US Leaders Summit on Climate on Earth Day. While they’ll primarily focus on how to align policy with the Paris climate agreement, they can also carve out space to collaborate on global adaptation efforts, Ban said.

“Only through such solidarity can we limit climate risks and build a world of peace, dignity, and prosperity on a healthy planet — leaving no one behind.”