To achieve a transformation in food systems under climate change, engagement of young people is crucial. They are the climate generation and are both vulnerable to current and future impacts of climate change, but also offer ways forward as important agents of change in their households, schools, business ventures, communities, countries and regions.
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Climate change impacts will affect the ability of young women and men to secure livelihoods, incomes and food availability. Engaging youth in long-term adaptation is therefore a key focus of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Wageningen University and Research (WUR), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Food Foundation through social learning approaches and platforms and engaging or collaborating with youth organizations.
Linking young people to cutting edge science on climate change, agriculture and food security, we aim to empower youth to take centre stage in development. As a collective force, young people have extraordinary potential to mobilise and influence global movements, which can be initiated in the form of a simple pledge.
#Act4food #Act4Change youth event
The #Act4Food #Ac4Change Youth event: 'Driving global youth action for climate adaptation in food systems' is an official side-event of the ‘Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition’ — a landmark youth event hosted by the Italian Government just prior to Pre-COP26 — https://all4climate2021.org/.
This event will contribute to Action 4.3, by driving social change and generating social movements by reaching out to youth and encouraging young people to be part of the discussion. Youth from all around the globe are invited to participate and engage in efforts and movements around food security under a changing climate.
This event also aims to create awareness of the Pledge initiative.
Session 1 | Paving the way for youth-led action for climate adaptation in food systems
|13:00 – 13:05||Welcome and Introductions by Chair||Bruce Campbell, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)|
|13:05 – 13:15||Context setting||Karisse Kooi Jia Xuan, Youth Ambassador, Rabobank|
|13:15 – 13:20||Vlog presentation of the winner of the Qing Innovation Track|
Mirjam Troost, Coordinator Student Challenges, Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Winning team of the Qing Innovation Track: Natalie Ahlborn, Team Melt
|13:20 – 13:30||Keynote presentation: Driving global youth action for climate adaptation in food systems||Viktoria de Bourbon de Parme, Lead Food and Agriculture Transformation, World Benchmarking Alliance|
Video blogs: Youth-led climate action across the globe
|13:30 – 13:38||Vlog presentation: The Americas||Sandra Guzmán, Manager, Climate Finance Program, Climate Policy Initiative|
|13:38 – 13:46||Vlog presentation: Africa||Victor Mugo, Regional Coordinator, CSAYN|
|13:46 – 13:54||Vlog presentation: Asia||Nitya Chanana, Gender and Social Inclusion Science Officer, CCAFS|
|13:54 – 14:02||Vlog presentation: Europe||Thomas Westhoff, Vice President of External Relations, IAAS|
|14:02 – 14:10||Vlog presentation: Cricket Farming for Food and Feed Project||Winner of the vlog competition: Cliff Olal|
|14:10 – 14:25||Live Q&A and discussion with the audience|
|14:25 – 14:30||Closing of Session 1 by Chair||Bruce Campbell, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)|
|14:30 – 15:00||Break and networking:|
Virtual 'speed dating' networking platform for the online audience
Session 2 | Mobilizing Youth-POWER for COP26: The rise of a global movement
|15:00 – 15:10||Introduction by Chair and live polling||Sophie Healy-Thow, Youth Activist, Lead Group Member, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN)|
|15:10 – 15:30||Panel discussion: The essential role of youth in driving climate action in food systems|
|15:30 – 15:45||Live Q&A and discussion with the audience|
|15:45 – 15:50||A call for global youth to join the Pledge|
|15:50 – 16:00||Closing summary and way forward|
Catriona Graham, British Consul General for Milan
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