Helping Africa's Youth Find Opportunity Changing Climate

5/6/2016
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Growing up in a rural farm in the Kenyan Coast, I would run barefoot to the riverbank to watch my green cabbage grow. Back then, the rains were predictable, the heat was mild, and the soil was healthy. With each day, I grew more excited about farming and agriculture. I looked forward to a future where I would inherit my father’s farm and continue farming. My peers, too, were excited.
 
Today, the reality is different. My peers and I will inherit a world where climate change is real, and its impacts are devastating, especially to African agriculture. Although the youth have not contributed to global warming emissions on the planet, they are likely going to suffer the most from the consequences of a changing climate including droughts, desertification, and population displacement.

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