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The Commonwealth Young Farmers Club Information

COMMONWEALTH YOUNG FARMERS CLUB (CYFC)
The Commonwealth Young Farmers Club (CYFC) is a Pan Commonwealth network of young farmers who are dedicated to increasing rural youth’s access to and control of financial resources and manage natural resources in order to enhance their livelihoods and alleviate poverty.
CYFC Mission:
Our mission is to build youth leadership in agriculture and natural resource management for organizational transformation for gender equality through and innovative approach of partnering professionals and rural/urban youths.
The CYFC Pan Commonwealth Network of members provides skills in agriculture and natural resource management technologies, gender mainstreaming, organizational change, negotiation policy and decision making, participation advocacy and youth leadership to secure youth’s equal access and control of resources and benefits to improve the livelihoods of rural youths and curb rural-urban migration.
CYFC Vision:
Our vision is that organizations engaged in agriculture and natural resource management fully recognize and support the roles and leadership of young farmers, environmental managers, professionals and decision makers, leading to an equal distribution of responsibility rights benefits and power between youths in the management of natural resources to achieve sustainable development and poverty alleviation.
CYFC Theme:
CYFC seeks membership from the 53 Commonwealth countries, who have expertise covering a diverse range of natural resources management sectors, including forestry, energy, land and water resources, fisheries, livestock, agriculture and rural development. CYFC seeks to work on issues related to agriculture and rural development, biodiversity, climate change, desertification, energy, forestry, leadership, mountain development and organizational change.
CYFC Core Strategies:
Four Strategies will address CYFC’s mission for the next three years (2012 -2015):
Strategy One:
Build youth champions within agriculture and natural resource management organizations and amongst rural youth by establishing training centres, online courses and teams of highly skilled trainers to offer leadership training at national and regional levels. Regional meeting of members shall be held in various geographical areas, projects shall be implemented with members across the Commonwealth, leadership courses and the CYFC website’s article, tools, e-consultations and discussion boards all provide opportunities for CYFC to build the capacities of rural and professional youths on gender analysis and mainstreaming, mentoring, organizational change and various technical skills such as those of agro-enterprise, value chain management and marketing.
Strategy Two:
Build capacities of poor rural youth to generate income from agriculture and forest products through enhanced and effective engagement with markets and through the development of enabling in agriculture and NRM Institution. The challenges in creating, sustaining and up-scaling opportunities for youth in markets lie in the development of high quality products based on market requirements. One of the primary barriers to youth’s success in engaging markets for income generation is an understanding of how those markets function, how to select the potential products and how these products can be marketed through the channels.
Strategy Three:
Advocate at national, regional and Pan Commonwealth levels for greater benefits and decision making power for rural youths. Significant difference exists between the actors promoting environmental development and those promoting gender equality and youth rights. In part, this is due to too few youths to champion these causes. CYFC is at the interface of these two movements and as one of very few networkers with feet in both camps, plays a vital role in advocacy within the Commonwealth, UN, financial institutions and national governments.
Strategy Four:
Develop CYFC as a Pan Commonwealth Centre of Excellence of learning and communication and organizational change and youths’ leadership in the field of gender and agriculture/NRM. Key to the success of CYFC’s efforts to build capacity with a focus on communication and learning, the sharing of knowledge and information. The website design enables members to share their knowledge and experience and to communicate directly with each other to share results, pose questions, and search for partners for collaboration.
Organization Structure:
CYCF is able to conduct its programmes in a very cost effective manner through the building of extensive network of members from the 53 Commonwealth countries, the use of web-based learning tools and a small staff of Secretariat that includes the President, Director of Programmes and Assistant. This enables more resources to be used for programme activities and for regional and national offices. This also encourages us to develop collaborative arrangements with other networks and organizations which fits with our networking and capacity building goals.
The body of people to implement CYFC activities and projects is the Core Team (CT). This is a group of experience and highly motivated professionals, who develop project proposals, assist the President with fund raising then oversee implementation. In this way, CYFC provides a legal framework supporting and linking the efforts of these highly skilled individuals, benefiting from their network to build synergies and share knowledge throughout the CYFC network. This serves knowledge throughout the CYFC network. This would serve to keep the CYCF salary and administrative costs at a very low level, while delivering high quality service.

Secretariat:
Ghana Office C/O Pan African Climate Education (PACE) P O Box CT 5671, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana Tel: 00233 243290039 Email: pacecentreafrica@gmail.com
Cameroon Office C/O Cameroon Vision Trust, P O Box 1075, Limbe Cameroon
Tel: 00237 99580292 Email: camvisiontrust@yahoo.co.uk

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