Events

Background

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.

Program

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Session 1 | Paving the way for youth-led action for climate adaptation in food systems

13:00 – 13:05Welcome and Introductions by ChairBruce Campbell, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
13:05 – 13:15Context settingKarisse Kooi Jia Xuan, Youth Ambassador, Rabobank
13:15 – 13:20Vlog 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 – 13:30Keynote presentation: Driving global youth action for climate adaptation in food systemsViktoria de Bourbon de Parme, Lead Food and Agriculture Transformation, World Benchmarking Alliance

Video blogs: Youth-led climate action across the globe

13:30 – 13:38Vlog presentation: The AmericasSandra Guzmán, Manager, Climate Finance Program, Climate Policy Initiative 
13:38 – 13:46Vlog presentation: AfricaVictor Mugo, Regional Coordinator, CSAYN
13:46 – 13:54Vlog presentation: AsiaNitya Chanana, Gender and Social Inclusion Science Officer, CCAFS
13:54 – 14:02Vlog presentation: EuropeThomas Westhoff, Vice President of External Relations, IAAS
14:02 – 14:10Vlog presentation: Cricket Farming for Food and Feed ProjectWinner of the vlog competition: Cliff Olal
14:10 – 14:25Live Q&A and discussion with the audience
14:25 – 14:30Closing of Session 1 by ChairBruce Campbell, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
14:30 – 15:00Break 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 – 15:10Introduction by Chair and live pollingSophie Healy-Thow, Youth Activist, Lead Group Member, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN)
15:10 – 15:30Panel discussion: The essential role of youth in driving climate action in food systems
  • Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director. GAIN
  • Thomas Tichar, Youth and Gender Advisor in Food Systems, Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
  • Dimakatso (Nono) Sekhoto, Commercial Farmer, Agriculturist, Lead of African Leadership for Agribusiness Network (ALA)
  • Federica MatteoliProject Manager, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
15:30 – 15:45Live Q&A and discussion with the audience
15:45 – 15:50A call for global youth to join the Pledge
15:50 – 16:00Closing summary and way forward

Catriona Graham, British Consul General for Milan

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