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YETA Youth move to support environment conservation

YETA Youth move to support environment conservation

Ger Anyim Youth Association (YA) in Ayer Town Council, Kole District has set up profitable youth-led agriculture and agro forestry businesses to mitigate the effects of climate change and promote adaptation strategies.

After training in Agro-entrepreneurship, the YA chose goat rearing as their group business. Each youth association works with a mentor on an incubation business as part of a practical training. Many of these initial incubation businesses become fully-fledged group income activities including Ger Anyim’s goats, which now include 17 goats. However, the Ger Anyim members also strategically chose a secondary agro-forestry enterprise to mitigate climate change as well as raise income for themselves more quickly.

So far they have raised over 92,000 seedlings that will be sold at a minimum of UGX 400 ($ 0.11) each. With this business planning, the Ger Anyim youth are expecting over UGX 36,800,000                                ($ 10,514) in revenue from this project, which they plan to use to expand their group farm. When all the seedlings are planted in the community, the forest cover will increase thereby influencing high rainfall pattern which will reduce the current long dry spells in the community.

With a membership of 38 youth, Ger Anyim which literally means “build the future” is currently encouraging other youth in their locality to form groups and get engaged in agricultural business as one way of promoting jobs in the community.

To date, 30 members have already planted 100 seedlings each in their individual homes.

The YA secretary, Patrick Otim says this kind of innovation will not only increase forest cover but will minimize loss of top soil due to erosion during rainy seasons thereby helping to conserve the environment. This initiative will also bring services nearer to the people as well as provide employment opportunities for their peers.

Addressing a need in the community, these youth have developed a business strategy that not only supports their work, but will support other community farms and spread strategies to adapt to agricultural challenges.