Innovation Lab

Innovation Lab


Innovation Masterclasses

01The World Food Forum Innovation Masterclasses

Leveraging youth-led Community Supported Agriculture for sustainable food systems

Featuring youth practitioners, academia and young agricultural professionals, this masterclass shares a deep dive into Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), an innovative production and marketing scheme that directly links producers and consumers in the production and consumption of agroecological and organic food, which benefits the environment and human health while increasing income.

22 June 2021

Watch the full session here.

Integral Ecology

This masterclass, led by the Economy of Francesco, discusses how the Integral Ecology perspective, where Young economists, entrepreneurs and change-makers are invited to explore models for infusing economics with ethical values and debate Integral Ecology in relation to topics such as energy access, food systems, gender inequality and more.

15 July 2021

Watch the full session here.

Masterclass for better food future

This masterclass for a better food future will highlight innovative ways of engaging the next generation to increase awareness of food and agriculture to inspire them to become the core of food systems transformation.

July 2021

Foodtech Venture Day - Japan

This masterclass, led by WFF partner SIGMAXYZ, will examine 10 startups to illustrate how Japanese tech innovators are addressing global issues related to healthy populations and food.

9 September 2021

Creativity and innovation for the circular economy: the contribution of young people

This masterclass will focus on how to make circular economies a reality by demistifying what circular economies are and sharing an example of a practical, youth-led solution with Glass2Sand.

15 September 2021

Success Mindset: Compétences entrepreneuriales pour l’action des jeunes

This masterclass led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will feature Mashrou3i - a joint project by UNIDO, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and the HP Foundation designed to foster youth entrepreneurship in Tunisia. The episode will start by introducing Hayfa’s smart farm and the business training she received from the Mashrou3i project. This will be followed by a live interactive training on the “success mindset” from an HP LIFE trainer.

22 September 2021

Hungry for a kinder world: a simple idea to fight food waste

Young aspiring entrepreneurs and sustainable diet enthusiasts of all ages are invited to imagine a more generous future of food in an interactive, online World Food Forum (WFF) Masterclass with Iseult Ward, co-founder and CEO of FoodCloud.

28 September 2021

Succession and access to land for young farmers and entrepreneurs

The activity will take the form of an international and intergenerational Francophone dialogue bringing together around a virtual round table Quebec and African agricultural producers, driving forces of the next generation of farmers on both continents, to present issues, projects and concrete solutions and thus create a network of Francophone collaboration on these issues.

30 September 2021

International Coffee Day - Slow Food Coffee Coalition - From cup to bean

Led by the Slow Food Coffee Coalition and Youth Network, this masterclass will explore the world of coffee, presenting the journey backwards, from cup to bean. You'll learn everything you need to know about the coffee value chain - from the socio-economic challenges of the farmers up to the coffee reaching the final consumer.

1 October 2021

Masterclass for a better food future: Experiences from Japan about food systems in a circular economy

3 October 2021

Rural youth employment

The purpose of the masterclass is to showcase a mix of voices from the youth groups that work with the Clinton Foundation as they explain what is unique to young farmers in their various countries. The episode will also focus on technology, the modernization and mechanization component of developing technology platforms, opportunities and revenue potential for youth.

4 October 2021

Blockchain 101

The Rome-based Agencies of the United Nations will join together to share the latest information on blockchain thinking, covering topics such as blockchain for fintech, food, agriculture and emergency intervention in the context of agri-food systems and sustainability. The masterclass will explore how blockchain can play a crucial role in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

4 October 2021

Revolutionizing food education in youth for more sustainable food pathways

FAO and UNICEF come together for this masterclass on what you can do to be part of the change. Here you will learn about a vision for school food education that encourages and enables health-promoting and sustainable food practices and outlooks. The masterclass will illustrate the core principles of effective food education and inspire youth, school staff and other stakeholders to be active agents in their food systems and take collective action to improve them.

4 October 2021

Tech-Skills for youth-led Sustainable Water Management

This masterclass led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization will share knowledge about the design and delivery of innovative training programs to address youth employability and water challenges on the African continent through technical and soft skills development, private sector engagement, technology transfer and digitalisation.

4 October 2021

Youth and women employment in the food economy: The importance of territorial approaches

4 October 2021

Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable development in agri-food systems transformation

4 October 2021

02What are the World Food Forum Innovation Masterclasses?

The WFF Innovation Masterclasses are virtual events, ranging from 45 to 90 minutes in length, where experts and youth leaders are able to share stories of actionable solutions that can help transform our agri-food systems. Through individual presentations, panel discussion roundtables, talks and stories, these masterclasses aim to engage, educate, inspire and mobilize a global audience to take action for creating a better food future.

03How to organize a World Food Forum Innovation Masterclass



Make sure you read the information provided on this page to have an idea of what a masterclass is.



Choose a focus for the masterclass based on your work, research, experiences or ideas that could contribute to transforming our agri-food systems.



Discuss your idea with others and fine-tune the title, agenda and suitable activities and tools for your virtual masterclass.



Put your thoughts in writing, submit your idea, and wait for a response from the WFF team within five working days!

Why host a masterclass?

To share your ideas and showcase innovative solutions to a global audience, and to connect with global youth and renowned organizations involved in the transformation of agri-food systems.

Who is eligible to apply?

Youth groups, as well as organizations or individuals interested and experienced in innovation in fields related to food systems and agricultural value chains, nutrition, food loss and waste, and sustainable development.

What should a masterclass be about?

It can cover any or all of the main WFF themes related to agri-food systems transformation: Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment, and a Better Life, while leaving no one behind.

How should a masterclass be structured?

It’s flexible! Each masterclass should be 45 minutes to 1.5 hours long, and the format (e.g. presentation, panel discussion, combination, etc.) can vary based on the objectives and type of activities envisioned. All masterclasses should allow for interaction among speakers and participants.

When can masterclasses take place?

Throughout the year, leading up to the WFF flagship event in October 2021, and beyond...

04Key ingredients for a successful masterclass

To help make your masterclass as impactful as possible, be sure to have: an innovative and pertinent topic, an inspiring framework, passionate speakers, sound logistics, effective discussion leaders, interaction, active event promotion, and dissemination of outcomes among youth in your region and around the world.

The WFF team is ready to support you by inviting an enthusiastic audience, promoting your WFF Innovation Masterclass on social media, and potentially connecting you with youth and experts in other WFF tracks to join your masterclass as speakers, audience, or co-organizers.

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WFF Innovation Lab track in collaboration with

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

An initiative of

FAO Youth