The World Food Forum 2022:
Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.
What if we could nourish our bodies while also taking care of our planet?
Did you know that the agrifood systems that feed the global population are responsible for 31 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions? And increasing climate change is raising food prices, decreasing food availability, and making instability and conflict worse.
At the same time, though we currently produce enough food to feed everyone on the planet, almost 2.4 billion people lack access to adequate food, over 40% of all men and women are now overweight or obese and healthy diets are too expensive for over 3 billion people.
Ongoing challenges including conflict, climate change, and pests and plagues are putting additional pressure on our already stressed agrifood systems, impacting both access to and availability of food. In February 2022, international food prices reached an all-time high, and the war in Ukraine has placed even further pressure on food prices and availability.
This is not sustainable. We cannot deny the link between climate change and access to safe, nutritious food, and healthy diets. Despite the recognized and urgent need to reduce emissions, increase food security and adapt to climate change, more must be done to increase and protect biodiversity and improve our diets.
To inspire wide-spread discussion and action around this urgent topic, the World Food Forum (WFF) – a youth-led movement and network to transform our agrifood systems – is rallying around the 2022 theme: “Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.”
Leading up to the flagship event from 17 to 21 October, the WFF aims to co-identify bold, actionable solutions to minimize and mitigate the impacts of climate change, while simultaneously increasing global access to healthy diets. As a recurring forum, the WFF features a range of events and activities organized around four thematic tracks: Youth Action, Innovation, Education and Culture.
Together we can come together to make the changes we all need to thrive. Be part of the solution. Join us.
Launched in 2021, the World Food Forum (WFF) is an independent, youth-led global network of partners facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It aims to spark a global movement that empowers young people everywhere to actively shape agrifood systems to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a better food future for all.
The WFF serves as the premier global forum to harness the passion and power of youth to identify solutions and incite positive action for agrifood systems. It aligns with the 2021 United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit, acts as major youth platform in global food governance, and serves as a global think tank that fosters youth-led solutions in innovation, science and technology. The WFF aims to support and grow youth initiatives in the agrifood sector in line with global youth policy recommendations, focusing in 2022 on the theme, “Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.”
To drive awareness, foster engagement and advocacy, and mobilize resources, the WFF connects youth groups, influencers, companies, academic institutions, nonprofits, governments, media and the public.
It features a range of interactive online events, networks and content platforms organized around four thematic tracks: Youth Action, Innovation, Education and Culture. In 2021, the WFF brought together more than 40 000 young and young-at-heart people from around the world, and over 75 youth and youth-allied partners from all sectors.
Food is the single strongest lever to optimize human health and environmental sustainability on Earth. However, the way food is produced and consumed is currently threatening both people and the planet.
Sustainably and nutritiously feeding close to 10 billion people by 2050, while also addressing climate change, is a challenge that can and must be met with global awareness, bold action and innovation. A profound and systemic transformation of agrifood systems – including food supply chains, food environments, and consumer behaviour — has the potential to improve economic, social and environmental conditions for all.
The WFF aligns with the core principles of the 2021 United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit, the 2030 Agenda for Sutainable Development, and the strategic framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, to empower youth to find actionable, innovative and inclusive solutions to positively transform our agrifood systems and create a better food future [ ... read more]
Empowering and connecting young agents of change to spark global dialogues and galvanize transformative actions towards a sustainable global food system.
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