Date(s) - 28/06/2017 - 29/06/2017
On the 28th and 29th of June 2017, Uganda hosted a youth summit as a side event to the 11th International Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change conference in Kampala, Uganda. It was focused on the theme “Enhancing the ability of youth to build ecosystem resilience”. The CGIAR programme on Water Land and Ecosystems and the International Water Management Institute hosted a session titled “A youth agenda for sustainable agricultural transformation in an era of climate change and out-migration.” The forum sought to move away from deeply problematic and linear assumptions in the development sector that facilitating climate change adaptation will itself encourage youth to remain on the land and sought to better understand the complex matrix of incentives and constraints (including non-climatic factors) which shape the decisions of youth regarding their involvement in agriculture, their future aspirations and their patterns of investment. The summit brought together a diverse team of over 150 youth representatives, mostly from Uganda, but also including delegates from Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, India and Tanzania.