The CAADP Youth Network was formed April 12, 2016 in Accra – Ghana, principally as an African regional consortium of youth organizations and networks working on agriculture and sustainable livelihoods across Africa, to mainstream African youth into the CAADP and 2014 Malabo implementation and monitoring processes.
The thematic focus areas from 2018 – 2020 strategic plan include among others, the documentation of youth best practices on agriculture, Climate Smart Agriculture and agribusiness as well as policy, advocacy and public engagement on the role of youth in Africa’s agricultural transformation.
The network has 7 regional youth networks and around 10.000 individual members from 45 countries African countries, and is already working with IFAD on nutrition training and with FAO on climate smart agriculture. Work is ongoing to establish regional incubation centers, where young entrepreneurs will receive access to trainings relevant for an agribusiness and get connected to the private sector.
In terms of structure, the CYN is part of the CAADP non State Actors. The CYN intends to create 5 country chapters by the end of 2018, in the Gambia, Kenya, Cameroon, Tunisia and South Africa. It is foreseen that each country chapter will represent the perspectives of their region.
To fond out more about the CYN, their strategic plan 2018 - 2020 is available in the download section below.