COP27 Official Side-Event: Accelerating Climate Adaptation in Agriculture – A Youth Perspective

  • Date
  • Time
    03:00 pm > 04:30 pm
  • Location
    Akhenaten Room, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

About the event

This UNFCCC COP27 Official Side-Event, co-hosted with the Ban Ki-moon Center (BKMC) and FAO, will consist of a multistakeholder dialogue addressing the biggest challenges African youth smallholder farmers are facing in adapting to climate change. Global leaders and young African agripreneurs will exchange on innovative and just solutions in their local communities.

Date: Monday, November 14, 2022
Time: 15:00–16:30 EGY
Location: Akhenaten Room, Blue Zone, COP venue in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Claudia Sadoff, CGIAR’s Executive Director, will deliver the closing remarks.


See the schedule of CGIAR events at COP27, and the schedule of events at the first-ever Food and Agriculture Pavilion at COP, hosted by CGIAR, FAO and the Rockefeller Foundation.



Not going to COP27? You can catch the livestream on the UNFCCC website. Link coming soon.


Tentative event program

Time Run of show Speakers
15:00 High-Level Welcome Remarks
  • Katrin Harvey, COO, BKMC
  • 8th UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
15:09 Opening Statements
  • Minister (TBC)
  • Minister (TBC)
  • Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO
  • BKMC Agri Champion 2022
15:21 Moderated Roundtable Discussion: A Youth Perspective on Agricultural Adaptation

  • Key Issues for Youth
  • Key Solutions for Youth
  • Sophie Aujean, Director of Advocacy, Fairtrade International (Moderator)
  • Minister (TBC)
  • Minister (TBC)
  • Deborah Osei-Mensah, Fairtrade Ambassador and cocoa producer, Asunafo Cocoa Farmers
  • Azeez Salawu, BKMC Agri Champion 2022
  • Richard Kachungu, BKMC Agri Champion 2022
16:21 Roundtable Wrap-Up
  • Katrin Harvey, COO, BKMC
16:26 Closing Remarks
  • Claudia Sadoff, Director General, CGIAR


Header image: A participant in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Young Agripreneur Programme, which promotes youth participation in agribusiness with hands on skills training in farming and entrepreneurship. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS