Innovation Lab

Innovation Lab


Innovation for a Better Food Future

How can we sustainably feed a growing global population? How can we reduce the alarming levels of food loss and waste? How can we safeguard the environment for future generations? All while facing new and more complex threats, such as the COVID-19 pandemic?

The goal of the World Food Forum (WFF) Innovation Lab is to bolster innovation for sustainable development in support of ending hunger. Led by global youth, it engages the leaders of tomorrow, elevates the innovators and innovative solutions that are already making a difference, and aims to inspire the world to confront the threats that our agrifood systems face today.

The WFF Innovation Lab consists of hands-on competitions for students and young professionals – including research challenges, startup challenges, bootcamps and networking events – as well as Masterclasses with inspirational and educational content from renowned experts and emerging young leaders on how to nurture innovation for a better food future.

This year's WFF will focus on the focus areas of sccess to healthy diets and addressing the climate crisis, with the slogan “Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.”. In the lead up to COP27, the WFF will bring innovators together to raise awareness on the importance of these two issues. The aim is to co-identify out-of-the-box, actionable solutions to minimize and mitigate climate change impacts in our lifetime, while simultaneously increasing global access to sustainable and healthy food.

Get involved

The World Food Forum needs youth volunteers, partners and sponsors to participate, help bring the event to life, and spread the word about the WFF and the key issues facing our global food systems.

If you are a young and ambitious innovator who wants to join the movement and create a better food future with us, sign up for our mailing list and follow us on social media to keep up to date on our latest news.

To become a volunteer, partner or sponsor, email us at [email protected].


WFF Innovation Lab track in collaboration with

  • Aciar
  • The Ayadee Foundation
  • Clinton Foundation
  • Foodicons
  • Hult Prize Japan
  • Impakter
  • International Coffee Organization
  • One Planet Solutions
  • Right2Grow
  • Social Impact Lab Japan
  • Sigmaxyz
  • Thought For Food
  • Toastmasters
  • Extreme Tech Challenge

An initiative of

FAO Youth