Food is simply a necessity for us to live our lives. It can be easy to forget that for some young people around the world it is a luxury or privilege.

In 2012 Y Care International launched a new four year project that will train 1,200 young people in Nicaragua in sustainable farming methods and engage them in local markets so they can earn a living. Photo: Nicaragua YMCA

In 2012 Y Care International launched a new four year project that will train 1,200 young people in Nicaragua in sustainable farming methods and engage them in local markets so they can earn a living.

Young people and their families will learn skills to increase the diversity and size of their crop yields and reduce their environmental footprint when growing their food.

260 young people in Nicaragua will have access to seed banks and seed storage facilities to fight the effects of drought and floods.

“There’s a lot to be excited about in this project. We are focusing on young farmers. We are also using sustainable farming practices to increase food security and adapt to the effects of climate change. This is a new aspect of our work here,” said Gemma Hayes, Latin America and Caribbean Programme Manager at Y Care International.

Almost 1,000 young people will have increased access to business opportunities so they can earn a livelihood from selling their crops.

Fighting the food crisis around the world

In Senegal we contributed £6,200 to Senegal YMCA to support communities hardest hit by the West Africa Food Crisis. Across six regions we provided 250 of the most vulnerable households with food rations and animal feed and the YMCA actively trained local communites on the use of seeds and sustainable farming techniques.

Did you know? In Africa every year 600,000 young people die from malnutrition. The West Africa Food crisis affected 740,000 people in Senegal alone, with a total of 19 million people facing food insecurity across West Africa.

To support vulnerable young people like these young people go to: www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday