#WithdrawTheCAP What is the CAP and why should I care?

What is the CAP and why should I care?

The CAP is one of the oldest policies of the EU and was first introduced in 1962 to provide subsidies for EU farmers to improve agricultural productivity and food security in post-WWII Europe.

However, since then, the CAP has mushroomed into an outdated, inefficient and unaccountable mechanism dominated by big agri-lobbyists and agricultural countries – and accounts for 40% of the EU’s budget – that is, all the money that member states contribute to finance EU-wide projects and policies – goes directly to the CAP.

The problem with Europe’s agricultural policy

The EU agricultural budget is first distributed among all member states based on a proportional calculation. In a next step, these subsidies available to the member states are passed on to the companies applying for it.

The amount of money each company gets is calculated mainly – and this is the big problem – according to the area of operation and its production capacity.

Regardless of their environmental contributions or, conversely, how much they harm it.

This system has led to an industrial overproduction of food that the European market can’t even consume and has put substantial pressure on our soils and wildlife.

The result?

80% of the total funds end up in the hands of only 20% of farms, predominantly big corporations. Or the other way around: 80% of companies have to survive on only 20% of the available budget. A budget that is indirectly benefiting damaging agricultural practices over ecological, regenerative ones.

Why the new reform changes nothing

Industrial agriculture is now the number one driver of deforestation and a huge carbon contributor. It’s eroding our soils, pushing wildlife, insects and plants into extinction, and it’s responsible for about 30% of the world’s total emissions of greenhouse gases.

About 50-70% of carbon historically sequestered in the world’s soils has already been released as a result of industrial agriculture.

Last year, European citizens voted for a new set up of the European Parliament (EP).

Here at Ecosia we urged our European followers to go vote. With too little time to curb climate change and because the EP is voted for only every five years, its set up was more important than ever before.

Luckily, the Parliament saw a significant increase of green-leaning individuals and parties entering the stage. Unfortunately, it seems this is not enough. There is still a majority of short-sighted members in the Parliament.

That has become painfully clear after this week’s votes on the different amendments to the CAP. The new design of the next funding period for the CAP from 2021 to 2027 has been in negotiations since last year.

The new proposal, of which you can read a summary here, still doesn’t get rid of the direct payments, which is problematic. Farmers should only get direct payments if they provide a service to society: food production and environmental protection.

Even after its reform, the European agricultural policy continues to protect the big agricultural lobby, bringing us further away from reaching any goals laid out in the European Green Deal.

Here’s how you can help right now

Members of the European Parliament are tied to national parties. However, these parties don’t sit as such in the Parliament. Instead, they are grouped along ideological lines.

For example, in Germany, the conservative party CDU has a representation in the EP. In the EP, this party sits in the EPP Group (European People’s Party) along with other European parties with similar ideologies, such as the Partido Popular in Spain.

A closer look at the votes cast yesterday proves that established political groups in the European Parliament are dooming the continent to a climate disaster.

This is especially true for the S&D group, where most of Europe’s traditional socialist parties sit, such as the German SPD or the Spanish PSOE.

While prior to the elections to the European Parliament in 2019, the socialist parties comprising this group in the EP pledged they would vote for a complete reform of the CAP, their vote this week – with a few notable exceptions – contradicts their promises.

Today, on October 23, the EP will cast its last votes on the CAP reform. Because the S&D group has a significant number of seats in the EP, their vote for or against the last details of this reform could actually vote the CAP down, and save Europe’s organic and regenerative farms, rather than financing agricultural practices that are threatening our future.

Head to Ecosia’s Twitter account to find a list of MEPs whose votes could make the difference. Tag these MEPs along with their national parties in your country to call them out for breaking their promises.

This vote will decide whether we rob future generations of their right to fertile soils and a stable climate, or not.

Environmental Education for sustainability (EEFS)

Environmental Education for sustainability (EEFS)

In this project we get class sessions with young people in schools and communities to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment. As a result, Young people develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions.

We emphasize the key components of environmental education;

  • Awareness and sensitivity to the environment and environmental challenges
  • Knowledge and understanding of the environment and environmental challenges
  • Attitudes of concern for the environment and motivation to improve or maintain environmental quality
  • Skills to identify and help resolve environmental challenges
  • Participation in activities that lead to the resolution of environmental challenges

Environmental education reveals a close connection between changing concerns about the environment and its associated problems and the way in which environmental education is defined and promoted. The concern over environment and development problems has meant greater support for an educational approach, which not only considers immediate environmental improvement as an actual goal, but also addresses educating for ‘sustainability’ in the long term. Many schools have embraced Cherish Aid Foundation for this initiative of environmental education for sustainability (EEFS),

Access Right to Information

Access rights to information relates to the entitlement of citizens and in some instances noncitizens to obtain information from governments and other bodies that hold information as custodians for the public. Cherish Aid Foundation promotes access rights to information through litigation and dissemination of information on environmental rights and laws for effective participation in decision-marking, conduct research and training for the public as well as government enforcement officers on access rights: access to information, access to justice and public participation in the governance of natural resources.

Young Climate Voices

In this project we reach out to young people in schools and communities and we educate them more on how we can raise our voices to fight for climate justice, we lead them in peaceful demonstration on streets with placards causing awareness about climate justice and cal;ling upon the policy makers to listen to the young voices for their future

Youth Agri-Focus Scheme

In this Program, we sensitize the young people on how to get rid of poverty through practicing agriculture and livestock grazing.

Economic empowerment in Agriculture involves the provision of all the necessary financial support to enable individuals and businesses excel in agriculture.

Cherish Aid Youth Agri-focus scheme

Introduction

Uganda has one of the youngest
populations in the world with 78% of the population below the age of 30. About
23% of the population is between 18 and 30 years. 64% of the unemployed persons
in Uganda are youth.

Acknowledging viable employment and
income earning opportunities remains a critical challenge that youth face,
there is potential for the agriculture sector through promotion of a culture of
innovative entrepreneurship among Ugandan youth to increase employment.  Cherish
Aid Foundation aims at contributing towards changing the attitudes/mind-set
among rural youth and communities to perceive agriculture as a viable business
option. Cherish Aid foundation developed a Strategy for Youth Employment in
Agriculture, with support from Waka Tours. The priority intervention areas of
the strategy are:

  1. Strengthen the enabling environment for youth
    employment,
  2. Improve youth education and learning,
  3. Support youth oriented agriculture extension,
  4. Promote and support youth agricultural entrepreneurs as
    an incentive for job creation and income generation;
  5. To enhance youth adaptation and resilience to climate
    related agribusiness risks and uncertainties.

Below are specific activities under
each of the above priority intervention areas:

Objective 1: Strengthen the enabling
environment for youth employment

  1. To Strengthen the policy and legal framework that
    address issues of Youth Development
  2. To enhance land access and control by the Youth
    (Land Fund, Sensitization on access and control);
  3. To Increase access to financing youth agriculture
    services
  4. To increase access and use of  ICT for youth
    agriculture;
  5. Support the youth to access agricultural machinery

Objective 2: Support towards Youth
Oriented Agriculture Extension

  1. Review and adapt guidelines on integration of gender,
    youth and vulnerable groups into extension services;
  2. Promote youth involvement through capacity building and
    linkage to service providers. Identify and assess the unique youth
    technology and capacity needs.

Objective 3: Improve Youth education
and learning

  1. Support Peer farming education system (Agric. Clubs);
    1. Support education institutions to organize Youth
      agricultural clubs and camps;
    2. Support National agricultural competitions for the
      youth to facilitate peer learning;
    3. Promote practical school farming systems, farmer field
      schools.
  2. To promote vocational training.

Objective 4: Support Youth
enterprise and entrepreneurship

Promote and support youth
agricultural entrepreneurs as an incentive for job creation and income
generation

  1. Support the Profiling, showcasing and rewarding of
    successful youth entrepreneurs

Objective 5: Adaptation to and
mitigation of agribusiness risks and uncertainties

To enhance youth’s adaptation and
resilience to climate related agribusiness risks and uncertainties

  1. Support development and promote uptake of best
    practices, innovations and technologies relevant to addressing
    agribusiness risks and uncertainties, Smart Agriculture;
  2. To enhance occupational health and safety among the
    youth.

Key interventions of CHERISH AID
FOUNDATION:

  • Capacity building for the youth including vocational
    training institutions, and incubation centers;
  • Encourage usage of family land and sensitization of the
    family leaders and elders to allow youth access to land;
  • Buying, hiring and putting public or redundant land to
    use;
  • Linking Youth programmes to the financial institutions;
  • Encouraging ICT in agriculture;
  • Enhancing and strengthening the extension services.

Girl Child Guardianship

In this project we aim at preventing teenage pregnancy and under-age marriages and to empower adolescent girls by adopting top notch advocacy channels for example community dialogues, social media advocacy campaigns. and we always partner with change a girl Uganda also a women led community organization that is experienced in girl child education, teaching young girls how to handle monthly periods, how to make re-usable sanitary pads

Briquettes Project

We teach people in communities how to make briquettes, which can be used instead of charcoal, have been developed to stem environmental degradation caused by deforestation.
Briquettes are manufactured using agricultural wastes such as husks of coffee, rice, wheat, groundnuts and sawdust.

When briquettes are properly used, one can save up to 25% and 40% of the money spent on firewood and charcoal respectively and above 50%with gas and electricity, Using briquettes saves the environment in two ways.

First, they are an alternative to firewood and charcoal. Secondly, the technology has increased agricultural waste utilization, hence a cleaner environment.

Child Education Support

Mpogo Community primary school is a community based school located in Buikwe District

Mpogo community school is a gender mixed school that has been in existence for the last 50 years. It started with a number of few residents in the region that felt need for education in their village and mobilized each other to come up a few furniture to educate their children. For over the last 50 years the community has been struggling to upgrade the school to fit in the 21st century competences by installing infrastructure but they have failed due to poverty and other related problems affecting their wellbeing.

The school has 5 classes (nursery – Primary five) and It is comprised of 99 students. It has 7 volunteering teachers that are surely in an unbearable situation and need a lot to trigger their love and commitment to serve well.
We managed to organize our team to reach the lives of those children out there that lack every good in their lives just like any other child out there in a better home.

Topic 1 #MPOGOstudylifechallenges
As cherish aid foundation We found out that the school lacks enough classrooms to accommodate the number of pupils and the classes.

According to the Ugandan syllabus every child on primary level have to study the allocated subjects to fit in the standards of other school but due to few classes the pupils find themselves missing out the cores of education because they have to share the available classes to leave room for others to study the little affecting them.

They sometimes study in trees and some other grass roofed classroom only when the weather is favorable. When it rains or when the weather is not conducive, they are forced to share to share a class with different subjects of study and teachers making it hard for the pupils to concentrate and focus on that particular study.

The small available classrooms are in a miserable state without cement, dusty floor and jiggers which clearly affects the child health and academic growth.

The pupils are affected with jiggers because none of them comes from a family that can provide them with shoes.


Not enough furniture for the pupils to multitask while studying. The available seats are mere benches that can’t meet the study methods of any proper class.

They face many problems while studying for example they will have to kneel down while writing notes during the lessons.

There is not enough scholastic materials for both the pupils and teachers. The pupils lack enough books to help to write the notes and reminders and end up writing all the subjects in one book while others even fail to own a single book. And For the volunteering teachers, they don’t have text books to guide them on the syllabus and during their teaching.

Some of the pupils come from far distant places from school and making them reach late at school because they can’t risk walking in the early morning scary roads.

As cherish Aid Foundation we managed to donate to them books, pens, pencils, and clothes.

if you join us and we empower together they can change their lives please contact us be a blessing to the less privileged #cherishAidfoundation