Solidaridad@COP24 – GEIDCO Side Event – Update

On Wednesday, 5 December 2018, Solidaridad held a COP24 side event in partnership with Abibiman Foundation at the GEIDCO pavilion. Solidaridad shared experiences from implementing climate-smart interventions that seek to improve the livelihoods of farmers and promote landscape transformation. More than 30 participants from six countries discussed opportunities for partnerships to bring speed, scale and depth to sustainable interventions that bring about change that matters! 


Key messages

  • West African farmers are trapped in a vicious cycle of depleting soils, deforestation, emissions and livelihood decline.
  • Rural youths do not see a future in farming partly due to low returns and the perceived unprofessionalism associated with the activity; hence end up in even more precarious jobs in cities.
  • To reverse this trend, Solidaridad trains youth and works on an enabling environment to enthuse youth on climate-smart farming and agribusiness development.
  • In this way, youth employment in farming is assured, incidence of migration reduced, investments in agri-commodities increase and the sustainability and future of agribusiness is assured.
  • The commodities produced are sought after as markets are demanding climate-smart quality produce. At the same time, adaptation and mitigation benefits are co-created. 

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