Harnessing the power of youth for agri-food systems transformations

It is impossible to overstate the critical role that youth play in agri-food systems. Today, youth account for most of the global population, and we need to make sure that there is an enabling environment to make agri-food system fields attractive and provide decent employment for our future generation.

This piece from Food Tank is by Jocelyn Brown Hall, Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Liaison Office for North America. She writes about the transformative power of youth, and discusses the recent launch of the World Food Forum, a platform created for and led by youth supported by the Youth Committee of FAO. The aim of the World Food Forum was to spark the transformation of agri-food systems. With its flagship event having taken place October 1-5, the World Food Forum featured over 65 sessions, including over 25 side events, artistic performances, innovation and film awards and masterclasses. The Forum also prioritized marginalized voices by elevating perspectives from Indigenous youth and youth smallholder farmers. 

Youth are increasingly using their creativity and innovative skills to create better, more accessible food systems that value producers and sustainability. In celebration of World Food Day, Hall encourages youth to use their voices and take bold actions to make changes they want to see in the food system. 

Read the full article here: Harnessing the power of youth for agri-food systems transformations