Behaviour Change Science

Achieve change with Behaviour Science

01School-based food and nutrition education: teachers as catalysts for a paradigm change

Are you passionate about food education, but you are unsure about how to put in practice in your school? Or maybe you are leading a successful project in which you have seen positive changes in your students’ food outlooks, and you would like to tell others about it? Then this is the place for you! Join like-minded teachers to see what you can do to be part of the change needed for supporting a new generation of food citizens.

Specifically, this lab will provide you with best practices and simple tools to critically assess what type of activities and learning materials are being implemented in your school and how to adapt them to improve their impact. The lab will also showcase real life cases and examples that demonstrate how FAO’s holistic food education model can be applied through a range of relevant activities – that is, activities that are “fit for purpose” to jointly support the achievement of children’s food competences.

Lead Melissa Vargas, FAO

02Teacher Education Capacity - CCLEARN: Think, Learn, Act Climate

The teaching profession is on the frontline in addressing the challenges of climate change. As today’s children will very likely live the whole of their lives with climate change, it makes sense that they should be prepared for this future. UN CC:Learn has a mission to build climate change literacy at a global level and is looking for ways to empower teachers and students to better understand the issues and become part of the solution.

In particular, UN CC:Learn offers a series of free e-learning resources on climate change and green economy. These are based on official UN content and available in different languages. Course results in an official UN CC:Learn certificate for those who pass. By completing any one of these courses, your journey has begun in becoming a champion for climate change in your family, your school and your community. Information about other relevant UN CC:Learn initiatives, such as in-country support for the integration of climate change into the formal education system as well as youth engagement will be also presented.

Lead: Cristina Rekakavas, UNITAR

Youth-to-youth session

Are you a youth campaigner or someone wanting to change behaviours of families, communities or organizations? Maybe you have already experienced the long road of educating, changing perceptions, building beliefs and ultimately changing behaviours? The barriers for changing behaviours and adopting sustainable food consumption and production are many and countless are often are in the “mind”.

Join this change storming forum to learn about behaviour science and share ideas, innovations, success and failures on how you can act with impact. This peer-to-peer youth led exchange will generate practical guidance for practitioners and campaigners as well policy elements to feed into the policy recommendation sessions

Forum coordinator: Maidie Sinitambirivoutin, FAO

Youth leads: TBD

Policy recommendations

It is increasingly evident that behaviour science is a fundamental part of creating sustainable transitions at the farm level to consumers. However, it´s clear how to effectively use such methods is still unclear and how it should be linked to policy choices needs to be evaluated. This session brings together behaviour science experts, practitioners and policy experts to discuss what are the fundamental steps to change the way we produce, process and eat our food and what is the role of government, education, consumers and private sector?

Session Leads: Alessandra Gage and Anastasia Tikhonova

Revolutionizing food education in youth for more sustainable food pathways: a FAO-UNICEF masterclass on what you can do to be part of the change

Healthy diets and food practices are a fundamental component of children and adolescents’ development and wellbeing. Effective and engaging food education in schools can help schoolchildren, adolescents and their families navigate their food systems.

On 4 October 2021, FAO and UNICEF jointly hosted a masterclass that featured:

  • Key experts sharing a transformative vision for food education in schools – one where students are at the centre of their own food learning journey, where activities are carried out beyond the classroom, meaningful and practical, and where food environments are settings for analysing, acting and learning.
  • Youth leaders, school staff and institutional representatives from across the world showcasing how they have championed and applied the core principles of effective food education in their schools and communities, providing exciting real-life experiences and initiatives that can be replicated in different contexts.

Far from being a one-way conversation, the masterclass provided opportunities for interaction during which participants were invited to share their priorities and commitments related to school food education.

The masterclass aimed at inspiring youth, school staff and other stakeholders to be active agents of change in their own contexts, “walking out” full of ideas and excitement on how to shape their own food practices and school food environments for a healthier and more sustainable future.

Be inspired to become an agent of change: watch the masterclass now!


Organizers: FAO and UNICEF

Target participants: youth, school staff and people interested in transforming food education in schools

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Juntos podemos construir un mejor futuro de la alimentación para todos.
Sé parte de la solución.


El track de Educación del WFF en colaboración con

  • Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Global Youth Biodiversity Network
  • Kitchen connection
  • Unep
  • Unicef
  • World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
  • World Food Day
  • Yunga

Una iniciativa de

FAO Youth