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Can sustainable agriculture solve youth unemployment and mitigate the effects of climate change?

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.

Note

  • Youth make up 37% percent of the working-age population in Africa, but 60%of the total unemployed.
  • Youth unemployment is much more prevalent in urban areas

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

  • Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change

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).

  • Energy

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.

Promote Biodiversity

 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.

 

K. Ronald

P.O Box 1040 Mbale

Uganda East Africa

Dear Friends,

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:

  • Improving diet (fish diet) of the local community around Kamonkoli Sub County   especially those who cannot afford to buy meat, milk as a source of proteins.
  • Create jobs for youths and conversationalist.
  • To ensure and adapt against climate change.
  • To build first demonstrative water conservation and irrigation project in Budaka district (Eastern part of Uganda).
  • To ensure that the people of Budaka district produce agricultural products
  • Establishment and promotion of an integrated catchment management system to ensure maintenance of ecosystem integrity and sustainable use of water resources.
  • Conserving the wetlands which are disappearing at a higher rate.
  • Fight poverty.   

 

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!

Sincerely,

Ronald

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!

 

 

 

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Comment by Inaobi Sagolsem on November 14, 2012 at 10:19pm

   Plant a tree and save the Earth Under Green India Project

 

 

 

Trees are a national asset, “a nations health can be gauged by the area under Tree cover” & cutting them indiscriminately is a great wrong to humanity, whether it is noise pollution, lung diseases, global warming/climate change, droughts etc. it’s all has something to do with lack of greenery in our surroundings.

 

The way Trees are being cut the day is not far away when people will be dying for want of fresh air & new generations will be carrying oxygen masks to sustain the life & perhaps venturing out in open will be a luxury.

 

Trees are integral part of our lives; they provide us with oxygen, fruits, shade, shelter, scenery, medicine, construction material, energy. They are associated with all five elements of life earth, sky, air, fire, and water. They also remove co2 from air which has spiked in recent decades and has been linked to global warming.   

        

"Save Trees" is not just a slogan to speak or to listen, it is, a persona, which should be followed by all, so as to save ourselves and our upcoming generation. Hence, SEDAMANIPUR is being founded to create a good ambiance and it is also a great opportunity for people, who have always wanted to be "a part of a healthy environment."

 

Trees represent life on this vast earth.  They should be protected at any cost in this era of urbanization & industrialization and global warming. 

 

In Today’s Modern World when everybody is after one another, only these Trees are there who live for the benefit of others.  There is not a single part of tree which is not useful, with their beautiful foliage, fragrant flowers, cool shade, roots, bark, wood, sprouts and fruits they serve.  Nobody returns without benefiting who approaches the tree.

 

The importance of Trees in purifying the air, as natural resources, maintaining the ecological balance, preventing soil erosion, as medicines, habitats for faunal species, providing nutrients to the soil etc. is well known Clearly, Trees are an important asset, and as with any asset, it is advantageous to ensure that it continues to appreciate.

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

STATE BANK OF INDIA

ACCOUNT NUMBER 30931607548

SWIFT CODE/MICR CODE:795002512 

SBI0004461

MANIPUR-INDIA

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