MUN Academy attended CFS 44 side event: What today’s young agricultural leaders need to meet tomorrow’s SDG challenges?

The delegate Poorva Andsya from ETG Farmers Foundation opened the side event by asking a question: “How can we make the right food security system in Africa?”
She underlined that the youth have high hopes they will go to university, they do have ambitions, but still they do not have a clue what to do with an agricultural degree. She said “we are working with young farmers, how can we engage them?” If we want to talk about the 2030 Global Goals and their achievement we need to address the youth, without them there is no future.
During the event, two farmers shared their testimony and gave an idea of what are the main limits for farmers.
Gloria Gusha, young farmer from Africa, said financial constrains are a big challenge especially for small farmers and she thinks there is the need of financing new projects in the rural field because financial constrains are affecting the involvement of youth in the rural field.
Willem Van Der Schans, a young successful farmer, underlined the fact that if your own parents do not have funds, you do not have the possibility to get into the rural investment, he talked about the importance of the support which is given to young farmers, and about the strong role of educational system on this topic.
The role of technology in the rural activities has been discussed as well. In this regard, a delegate from Peru, an entrepreneur, mentioned one of the way to destroy financial barriers: crowdfunding, that is, the use of new technologies to raise funds.
Sarah Singla, a farmer from France, focused on the fact that there is no agriculture without soil, we need to remember that every outcome comes from the soil and we need to care about it. Our challenge is not only to preserve but to improve the quality of soil and regenerate the agriculture. Farmers, in order to have two drops instead of one, in one year, let the soil absorb the co2 emission, because they are driven by the consumers request, but this is not a sustainable choice, and it contaminates the soil.
A delegate from Australia continued on this stream and tackled the problem of the wrong treatment of soil adopted nowadays: consumers are driving the production, farmers follow specific market rules, and this means that the soil is used too much.
At the end of the debate, the Coordinator summed up the core issues emerged in the open discussion: the importance of education and the need to invest in research on rural transformation, the importance to support research for the future generation, the necessity to focus on new technologies but also the importance to transmit passion to young generation. The Coordinator also highlighted the importance to focus on the treatment of the soil which affect who we are, since we are what we eat.

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