In the lead up to the United Nations International Youth Day on August 12th, we will be profiling 5 of our interns and the work they have done to support youth-led development around the world.
Name: Tiffany Tong
Hometown: Vancouver/Hong Kong
Internship Cohort: July – December 2010
Host City: Dar es Salaam
In Dar es Salaam, Tiffany focused on raising awareness about and facilitating the legalization of urban agriculture. She worked at three levels: funding grass-roots demonstration projects, setting up the Tanzanian Food Garden Network (a civic organizations network), and advocating for secure land tenure for urban farmers. Tiffany tried to involve youth at each level, from taking action in implementing physical projects to having a voice in urban planning decision-making.
One part of her work that Tiffany is especially proud of is a school composting and food gardening project. The Mikocheni Post-Primary Vocational School envisions itself being a hub for turning organic waste to food. After learning, building, and maintaining the unit, the youth are now ambassadors to their communities.
Another part of her work was facilitating the urban planning process for farmers to obtain secure land tenure. Urban farmers, especially youth, had never been consulted directly before. Through a series of workshops and meetings, Tiffany tried to bring the stakeholders – government planning and agriculture departments, politicians, civic society organizations, and, most importantly, the urban farmers – together to agree on an implementable urban agriculture strategic plan.
What’s Next: Tiffany is currently wrapping up her work on a food security project in Uganda and will be presenting on SCI’s work in Dar es Salaam at the upcoming Global Food Security and Poverty Conference at the University of British Columbia this fall.