Young people are the backbone of a nation and can change the future of the society. However, in East Africa, precarious employment opportunities and challenges to traditional agricultural practices due to climate change have prompted the need to explore the role of the youth in adaptive farming practices. By learning the extent of their decision-making power in agricultural adaptations to climate change, researchers and development practitioners can better tailor programs and messages to young people.
As part of a research project on youth decision making in agricultural climate change adaptation strategies, data was collected in three CCAFS Climate-Smart Villages: Wote, Kenya; Hoima, Uganda; and Lushoto, Tanzania. At each site, focus group discussions and case study interviews were conducted with youth between the ages of 18-35 years old. All sessions were divided by gender and included youth who were involved in agriculture as some facet of their household’s livelihood. Half of all interviews were conducted with males, and half with females.
Policymakers and stakeholders were also interviewed individually in Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Kampala, Uganda to understand their views on youth involvement in policymaking on issues related to climate change and agricultural adaptation, including representatives from national ministries, research institutions, finance institutions and NGOs in each country.