Youth, employment and Sustainable agriculture
“In Africa, 200 million people are aged between 15 and 24 years, comprising more than 20% of population. Africa’s population is growing fast and is experiencing a slow demographic transition, which will increase the pressure countries face with job creation.
Youth unemployment is leading various problems in Africa including rebellions like the ones Tunisia and Egypt and this likely to spread too many parts of the world if not solved
Lack of opportunities in rural areas have encouraged the youth to migrate to urban centers. But, because most countries like Uganda have not yet initiated their transition to industrialization, urban centers cannot create a massive number of jobs. Thus, in the short term, only rural activities like farming can effectively create occupation for most new job seekers.
Modern agriculture has considerable potential for job and wealth creation and may absorb large numbers of would-be youth migrants or youths who currently crowd the cities with underemployment. Making well balanced choices for employment-intensive investments in agriculture activities can create immediate short term employment opportunities which can be more easily tapped by young people. Combined with appropriate local economic development strategies, it can generate more and sustainable jobs. This requires strategies to make agriculture an attractive enough option for youth to engage in, including moving away from subsistence agriculture, and introducing commercialization and productivity improvements through technological changes and infrastructure support. Supporting organic farming and fish farming( highly recommend to day) can provide away forward for the governments want to mitigate and prevent youth urban unemployment and underemployment to grow, and the well being in the already congested African cities like Kampala in Uganda. Not only will sustainable agriculture resolve youth employment, but sustainable agriculture involving organic farming can solve most of current environmental problems.”
Organic farming in solving current environmental problems
Despite organic farming’s low-energy methods, it is not in reducing demand for power that the techniques stand to make the biggest savings in greenhouse gas emissions. The production of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which is indispensable to conventional farming, produces vast quantities of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential some 320 times greater than that of CO2. In fact, the production of one tonne of ammonium nitrate creates 6.7 tonnes of greenhouse gases (CO²e).
Far from being simply ‘energy-lite’, however, organic farms have the potential to become self-sufficient in energy – farms can feed manure and waste from livestock and crops into biodigesters, which convert it into a methane-rich gas to be used for creating heat and electricity. The residue from these biodigesters is a crumbly, nutrient-rich fertilizer, which can then be spread on soil to increase crop yields or further digested by algae and used as a fish or animal feed.
Visit an organic farm and you’ll notice something: a buzz of animal, bird and insect activity. These organic oases are thriving, diverse habitats. Beneficial insects allow for a greater balance, and indigenous animals find these farms a safe haven. As best said by Aldo Leopold, “A good farm must be one where the native flora and fauna have lost acreage without losing their existence.” An organic farm is the equivalent of reforestation. Industrial farms are the equivalent of clear cutting of native habitat with a focus on high farm yields.
Protect Future Generations
Before a mother first nurses her newborn, the toxic risk from pesticides has already begun. Studies show that infants are exposed to hundreds of harmful chemicals in uterus. In fact, our many nations are now reaping the results of exposure to agricultural and industrial chemicals, whose safety was deemed on adult tolerance levels, not on children’s. According to the National Academy of Science, “neurologic and behavioral effects may result from low-level exposure to pesticides.” Numerous studies show that pesticides can adversely affect the nervous system, increase the risk of cancer, and decrease fertility. Promoting organic farming inclusive in this project can be the way for sustainable and a health future for our children.”
This is the reason I attach this letter!!!
Fundraising event for Nikimu water conservation project for food production during dry periods and adapt to climate change.
P.O Box 1040 Mbale
Uganda East Africa
I like what Robert Smith, Russell Smith Farms, and Cambs said “Water is only going to become more expensive and less reliable. In my opinion, we should be filling all the holes we dig with water and not using them as landfill.” My goal is to start a water conservation project in my District in Uganda while carrying out fish farming and organic farming.
Throughout the history of the world, dams and reservoirs have been used successfully in collecting, storing and managing water needed to sustain civilization. Even today, water remains essential for the survival of mankind and the future development of the world’s cities, industries and agriculture. Storing water through reservoirs, dams and ponds is seen as another way of adapting to climate change and ensuring food security.
I am starting up a project called Nikimu water conservation project for food production during dry periods and adaptation to climate change.
The project will specialize in mainly organic farming for food production during dry periods and adaptation to climate change. The Nikimu water conservation project will be committed to water conservation in order to adapt to climate change and increase irrigation for food production (organic farming) at the same time carryout fish farming. Other objectives will include:
I am excited to meet the challenge of starting a project like this one, especially since it is for a good cause, but I need your help.
I have agreed to raise 30,000 dollars in sponsors and would greatly appreciate any contribution possible which will help me achieve these goals. Currently, there is search a project like water conservation for food production (especially organic farming) during dry periods and adaptation to climate change in Budaka District (eastern part of Uganda) and this is the very reason why your help and support mean so much. All monies raised benefit the implementation of the project activities. Please join me in supporting this very important cause.
Thank you for your support!
You can email me for more information if you want to sponsor
I kindly welcome any one willing to partner with me to start this project
For any kind support you can use
BANK OF AFIRCA UGANDA LTD
ACOUNT NUMMER: 03767400001
SWIFT CODE or IBAN is AFRIUGKA
Thank you for supporting me and such a wonderful cause!