Next steps for Youth in agri-food systems
Due to its holistic nature and complexity, the food systems agenda requires a multi-stakeholder approach to tackle existing challenges and gaps such as physical and institutional infrastructure, climate change and malnutrition while optimising current and emerging opportunities such as youthful populations (mostly in developing countries); digital innovation and technology; innovative rural agriculture financing and the opportunity to build back better – leaving no one behind.
Young people, as actors of change, have the opportunity to shake up the food system as they will be the food producers of the future. To create a sustainable environment for youth to thrive in, it is relevant to already focus on youth inclusion in the agri-food system today. This session will focus on youth led innovations in the agri-food sector as well as on empowering young entrepreneurs creating Agri-tech start-ups. Building on the work of these youth entrepreneurs, this session will 1) amplify the voices of young people, especially young women and minorities, 2) showcase innovative activities by youth in the food sector, and 3) display innovative youth-led solutions in agriculture.