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Dear participants,

A 24 year young person will be 60 by the year 2050. In his surrounding, there will probably be more inhabitants because it is forecast that global population will grow to 9 billions (2 billion additional individuals) by that time. 

If we want global population to be well nourished and live in a more viable and stable world, it is essential to increase food production by 60% by 2050.

Dear  young folks, while reading these lines, what do you have in mind: the threat or the opportunity? 

Who will produce these additional 60% food by 2050? 

What if tomorrow, the new generation of Africans become big producers and suppliers of food globally? 

What, you as a young person, can and should do?

We are keen to hear from you and to get ideas, propositions and concrete decisions that you want to realize and share on this forum.


Regards

Andrianjafy
Moderator

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Cher(e)s Participants,

Un jeune de 24 ans aujourd’hui entrera dans sa vieillesse (la
soixantaine) d’ici 2050 et autour de lui, il y aura plus d’individus
car 2 Milliards de personnes en plus seront à nourrir sur notre
planète d’après les projections.

Pour que tout le monde soit bien nourri, que le monde soit viable et
stable, il faudra, d’ici 2050, produire environ 60% plus de
nourriture.

Chers jeunes, en lisant ses lignes, voyez-vous des menaces ou des
opportunités ?

Qui produira ces 60% supplémentaire d’ici 2050 ?

Et si la (nouvelle) génération d’africain(es) se prépare à devenir les
grands producteurs et fournisseurs de denrées alimentaires mondiales
de demain ?

Qu’est-ce que toi, jeune, peux et devrait faire ?

Nous sommes curieux de connaître ton avis et de recevoir des
propositions et décisions concrètes que tu souhaites réaliser et
partager sur ce forum.

S`il vous plait rejoinez la discussion ici: https://dgroups.org/fara-net/fara-youth-csa/discussions/16a0a1f6

Cordialement,

Divine

Moderateur
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Case Study from the South-East region of Mauritius: Identification of CSA practices by students


By: Vagish Ramborun
During a site visit conducted in the coastal villages of Mauritius namely Petit-Sable and Grand- Sable in the Southeast region of Mauritius, some 25 young students from the University of Mauritius doing a degree Agriscience and Technology were exposed to several climate-smart practices that vegetable farmers have adopted as their farming strategies. Among them the students were able to recognize practices such as mulching, multi-cropping, algal compost, kitchen waste compost, fallowing and run off farming among many others. The young students also received part of the experience of a farmer who has over 30 years of experience in the fields.
(Credit: Vagish Ramborun)
(Credit: Vagish Ramborun)
One of the innovative methods adopted by local farmers was the use of old clothes as mulching. Use of clothes not only help to retain moisture in the soil but has also a very long life span and therefore can be used for a very long time. Being biodegradable they do not pose any danger to the environment.
Other local practices that were identified:
  • Fallowing
  • Green mulching
  • Multi-cropping
  • Intercropping
  • Use of leguminous crop
Vulnerability of the farmers to climate change
Though the farmers have adopted a lot of CSA practices, they are still very vulnerable to climate change. They heavily rely on underground water for irrigation purposes, but when the sea level rises during high tides, sea water gets in their wells that they have to dig plus the salinity of the water increases. Thus, the water becomes unsuitable for irrigation and hence the crops are heavily affected. However during heavy rainfall fresh water table rises and consequently the salinity of the underground water decreases and the farmers can use them again for irrigation. One observational practice that the farmers have adopted is the presence of tadpoles in the wells. According to them tadpoles disappear when the water becomes too saline and therefore when the tadpoles disappear they do not use the water for irrigation.
With the impact of climate change it is projected that the sea water level will rise and there will be fluctuations in the rainfall pattern. These occurrences can have a major impact on the livelihood of the farmers from that region. If sea water level rises saline water will penetrate more into the water table hence increasing the salinity of the water and coupled with reduction in rainfall, the farmers will no longer be able to sustain plant growth.
Credit: Vagish Ramborun
Credit: Vagish Ramborun