Already in its second edition, “Youth AgriChampions – make young African farmers be heard” is a series of three Peer2Peer workshops that will take place in July & August 2023. This workshop series will bring together grassroot voices from the world of smallholder farming and agricultural entrepreneurship in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zambia, to share their on-the-ground experience with adapting their practices to climate change. During these workshops, the Youth AgriChampions will develop demands for global leaders which shall be launched at 2023 COP28 in Dubai.
This workshop series allows for innovative young minds from the grassroots world of smallholder agriculture to interact and express their wishes for solutions and support pertaining to the challenges they are facing with agricultural adaptation to climate change in their respective countries and regions. Over the course of three workshops, the Youth Agri Champions will discuss and develop a set of demands which will be collated and presented as a report by the Youth Agri Champions to the 8th Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, who will then use it in his advocacy work. The focus of this year’s demands will be on the topic of capacity building, including closing gaps between innovations in climate smart agriculture and the smallholders on the ground.
During the first two workshops, input will be given by two young experts in smallholder agriculture, such as Elizabeth Nsimadala from the PanAfrican Farmers’ Organization, providing inspiration to the Youth AgriChampions for the development of their demands. These demands will also be used to advocate on behalf of smallholder farmers and smallholder agriculture stakeholders at COP28 to help support agricultural adaptation efforts. Furthermore, five best practice examples of the Youth AgriChampion’s current work on adapting to climate change will also be promoted.
The workshop series is hosted and created by the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, under the framework of the Elevating Agricultural Adaptation program.