Developing youth leadership and knowledge skills to secure land rights
Organisation: Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
Location: the Philippines
As Asia faces an ageing farming population, the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) involves young people in agriculture by strengthening their leadership skills. AFA, with the support of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), has implemented the Young Women and Men Farmers as Advocates for Sustainable, Resilient, Gender Sensitive Agri-Forest Based Livelihoods: Young Farmers for Farms in Forests, Forests in Farms project with ten farmers' organisations. The young farmers developed actions plans to strengthen youth participation in agricultural activities at the local, national, and regional levels. Further, they underwent advocacy and leadership training which strengthened their capacities to advocate for youth-friendly land and agricultural programmes. With the support of AFA, the young farmers' committees have taken an advisory role in youth-related projects.