CAMFED Association members — several of whom are being supported to study sustainable agriculture at colleges and universities in their home countries — support schoolchildren to apply climate-smart techniques on their school farming projects and help Parent Support Groups to improve their farming yields and provide nutritious meals to vulnerable children. They are such powerful advocates for effective climate action because they are based in the rural communities and well trusted. The young women practice these techniques on their own farms; demonstrating the benefits for climate resilience and improved yields.They also connect the forgotten farmers to other sources of support beyond CAMFED, including advice from Agricultural Extension Workers. Our three Graduate Fellows will accelerate these efforts
The Mastercard Foundation-EARTH University Graduate Fellowship, which was launched in 2021, is designed to support university graduates’ professional development and entrance to employment or entrepreneurship. It provides a platform for candidates to apply their expertise and address existing challenges within agriculture, as well as facilitating peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and networking (with much of their interaction being hosted virtually at the moment).
The first cohort comprises 17 young people hailing from Cameroon, Malawi, Rwanda, Somaliland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Fellows will inform future initiatives to support young people across Africa to thrive, as well as bringing an unrivalled combination of cutting-edge expertise and local understanding to their communities.
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