- Lead-organizer: Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP)
- 19:30 - 21:00
- Date: 14 Jun 2012
- Room: T-3
Oxfam International Youth Partnerships: Youth fixing the broken system
Organizing partnersOxfam International Youth Partnerships in partnership:
Pierre Paul Audate ? Haiti: Association des Gradués et Etudiants de l?Université EARTH (Costa Rica) en Haïti
Hasinihaja Tsiaro Barijaona Raharison ? Madagascar: Research and Support Centre for Development Alternatives ? Pacific Ocean
Daniel Chrisendo ? Indonesia: Indonesia Climate Student Forum
Takondwa Kaliwo ? Malawi: The Story Workshop
Henry Demister Nthonyiwa ? Malawi: Green Acre Initiative
Titilola Kazeem ? Nigeria: Centre for 21st Century Issues
Sharon Koitut ? Papua New Guinea: Community of Polobuli
Chanborey Pen ? Cambodia: LICADHO ? Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights
Alistair Amendi ? Kenya: Kosmos Solutions International
Carolina Guerrero Calle ? Equador: RIO+VOS en Ecuador
Jeannyfer Beberly de León ? Guetemala: Fundacion Centro de Servicios Cristianos
Ulviyya Abdullayeva ? Azerbaijan: Ganja AgriBusness Association
Margaret Sirrengo ? Kenya: Vakues Interdevelopmental Network Techniques
Raj Kishore ? India: National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights
Nazareno Nehuen Porma Favre - Argentina: Fundacion Cruzada Patagonica
Mohamed Hunsi ? Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Youth Parliment
IntroductionGlobally the world produces enough food to feed everyone, yet one in seven people on our planet go to bed hungry. Hunger, waste and environmental degradation are the result of a discriminatory global food system, which is broken. Nearly half of the world's population are aged 25 years and below, and it is these young people, and in particular young women, who are most impacted by the broken food system.
Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP) brings together 15 young women and men from around the globe working to fix the broken food system. Using strategies based on the protection and realisation of all human rights these young people provide an insight into how we can address issues land and water access, support small scale producers (particularly women) and grow a global good food movement, to create a just and sustainable global food system where everyone has enough to eat, always.
Detailed programmeFood justice is under the spotlight now more than ever as food and fuel prices continue to rise, chronic hunger and vulnerability becomes a reality for more people as each day passes, the impacts of climate change grow more evident and widespread, natural resources become eroded and scarce, sustainable production in constrained, and access to land, markets and technology is an increasing challenge for vast populations.
High levels of youth unemployment coupled with large proportions of young people from Africa, Asia and Oceania being employed in the agricultural sector and other low income sectors demonstrate that young people, particularly young women, are most/particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the global food crisis. This is further exacerbated by the fact that young people experience greater isolation and alienation from decision-making processes that directly affect them.
As stated in the 2010 World Youth Report, young women are likely to be the most seriously affected by compromised food security: ?The results of research carried out in India indicate that nutritional deficits are greater among girls than among boys when food is scarce and/or when food prices are high?.
UNICEF?s 2011 ?State of the World?s Children Report? highlights the importance of working with adolescents and young people for the creation of healthy equitable societies: ?Investment in well-informed and empowered citizens can lead to healthier populations, stronger economic growth and more cohesive communities. When young people are involved in broader peer and community initiatives, they bring into play fresh perspectives and a strong sense of commitment that can result in innovative solutions, especially in the midst of complex crises. Youth engagement can enhance collective action, increasing pressure on governments to provide good public services and driving social, economic and political change.?
The report also highlights that despite the evidence of the benefits of engaging young people in decision-making processes, the reality is that most young people do not have access to decision-making processes that affect their development.
OIYP?s Rio+20 youth delegation includes the following 15 young leaders, who are dedicated to creating long-term and sustainable change:
Ulviyya Abdullayeva: Good food movement, small scale producers and environmental sustainability Azerbaijan - Female
Ulviyyais working with a broad coalition of farmers, environmentalists, community leaders and concerned citizens to establish a nation-wide food justice movement that aims to change behaviour and consumption patterns of the broader Azerbaijan community in order to support local farmers, reduce environmental impacts and to improve health outcomes in her community.
Daniel Chrisendo ? Land Grabbing Male- Sumatra
Daniel works to support small-scale farmers to advocate and raise awareness about the impact of land grabs, which have had a vast and immediate affect on their community and families
Takondwa Kaliwo- Gender & Small Scale Producers Female ? Malawi
Takondwa is working in partnership with community leaders and fellow subsistence farmers to advocate for cultural practices and agriculture policies that promote women?s empowerment by encouraging women?s land ownership, access to agriculture loans and a holistic approach to food security.
Nazareno Porma Favre ? Traditional Indigenous Farming Practices Male ? Argentina
Nazareno?s working with a cooperative of Indigenous Mapuche producers and youth from the south of the Rio Negro Province to revive traditional culture of the Mapuche people, in particular their language, and cultivation traditions.
Kazeem Titioloa Aisha ? Climate Change and Gender Female ? Nigeria
Kazeem?s organization conducts research to assess the impact of climate change on women in the Lagos State, Nigeria, to measure their vulnerability. Her organisation raises awareness on climate change and works with communities on practical programs to mitigate the impact of climate change.
Henry Demister Nthonyiwa - Small Scale Producers & Climate Change Male - Malawi
Henry is working as part of the national small-scale farmers association called the Green Acre Initiave to mitigate effects of climate change and to ensure food security by building the capacity of small-scale farmers to use sustainable farming techniques.
Hasinihaya Raharison ? Gender, Small Scale Producers & Climate Change Female, Madagascar
Hasinihaya recognises that women are most affected by climate change and political instability in Madagascar, and proposes policy change is needed to ensure that women have access to assets and credits. She also talks about diversification of farming produce, and nutritional education, which does not just rely on rice.
Raj Kishore ? Agriculture policy Male ? India
Raj is working with the national Campaign on Dalit Human Rights to lobby the government to make changes to clauses in India?s National Food Security Bill 2011 to ensure marginalised communities including Indigenous Dalit communities have access to subsidises and to ensure the government is held accountable.
Pierre Paul Audate-Good Food Movement Male ? Haiti
Pierre is working to promote the idea of urban agriculture and the establishment of organic gardens in urban centres, including roof tops to provide cheaper, more sustainable alternatives to address Haiti?s food insecurity issues.