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Policy brief launch by Agroforestry Network:
Agroforestry and youth – possibilities and barriers

Published on February 18, 2022 | Author: Agroforestry Network
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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.

Date: 10 March 2022

Time: 12:00 – 13:00 CET

Recording: Watch the recording from the event here.

Coordinator: Matilda Palm,


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. Panelists:

  • 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
  • Elizabeth Gulugulu, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change Zimbabwe, representing the Sthlm+50 Youth Task Force

Session IIII

Conclusions and way forward, Matilda Palm, Coordinator Agroforestry Network