08 May YFARM PROJECT 2 – BUILDING A CLIMATE RESILIENT GENERATION
“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”
Thomas Jefferson definitely knew what he was saying about Agriculture when he uttered such words, and we at FBIN support his words.
The YFarm Project has directly impacted lives of over 3,000 youth, females and stakeholders, as well as over 300,000 indirect beneficiaries through her publications, policy advocacy, public engagement, media and online campaigns, youth agric festivals (national and Africa), Bootcamps/trainings, community outreaches, documentary and participation/exhibition in national, regional and international events/conferences on agribusiness, climate smart agriculture and climate change. However, the project’s target is yet to be reached: promote and/or establish at least 10,000 youth-led climate smart farms and agribusinesses across Africa by 2020.
The initial phase of the YFarm Project in the two communities we visited reveal that most of the young farmers are involved in unsustainable agricultural practices that lead to food wastage and post-harvest losses thereby giving them little benefits from their produce. Over 6% of our trained youth have abandoned farming and are currently jobless or in the informal sector because of the huge losses encountered from impact of natural disasters and conflicts especially as regards their farmland, which is why we are excited about the next phase of The YFarm Project with the theme “BUILDING A CLIMATE RESILIENT GENERATION”.
Through this YFarm Project, capacity of young farmers and environmentalists in the two communities will be built on climate change adaptation, mitigation and climate smart agriculture in order to improve their resilience and livelihoods. This will in turn increase their income and contribute to food security. YFarm Project II: Building a climate resilient generation was developed and being implemented by #FBIN and Alexijan Consults with funding support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) under her economic governance framework. YFarm Project II targets to build capacity of 80 youth drawn from 8 States in Nigeria on climate smart Agriculture, food security and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms..
We had our official farm hangout on Friday, 2nd February, 2018 and it was indeed a fun, brainstorming and creative atmosphere as team members and workers participated. As an agent of food security, we empowered every mouth with a delicious meal of roasted yam and palm oil sauce, tyres were recycled as chairs as a demonstration of what we stand for. Work is ongoing at Alexijan Farms, Mpape, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria – Pilot demonstration farm under the Youth Farm (YFarm) project of Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative and Alexijan Consults
#YFarm: My Farm, My Swag