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Coordinating Youth Action: Toward a resilient…

28 November 2021


Coordinating Youth Action: Toward a resilient and sustainable food system in Africa (WFF side event)

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28 Nov 2021

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The World Food Forum (WFF) is a youth-led movement and network to transform our food systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in alignment with the United Nations Food Systems Summit. It features a range of activities and events including Youth Action Assembly, Innovation Labs, Educational Activities, Cooking, Film and Music. The first WFF flagship event launched in October 2021, showcasing the voices and ideas of youth through a range of Youth Action Assembly side events on 3-4 October.

Investing in youth in agriculture has been identified as critical to transforming food systems in Africa while simultaneously alleviating the continent's youth unemployment challenges. Despite the increasing emergence of youth action and engagement in the agriculture sector, their interventions are small in scale, operating in the informal sector and extremely fragmented. Consequently, many youth-led SMEs, associations and organizations struggle to access critical resources and opportunities to scale and drive significant transformation in the food system. There is a need to take urgent action to coordinate youth action, scale existing initiatives and drive investment and resources to youth development in the sector toward securing the future of the African food systems.

This session engages stakeholders to examine the challenges and explore the potential of coordinated youth networks to provide sustainable ecosystem solutions.

This WFF Side Event was organized by Nourishing Africa.