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Youth Towards
Zero Food Waste


Youth-led Campaign to fight food waste

The World Food Forum's "Youth Towards Zero Food Waste Campaign" embodies our unwavering commitment to address the pressing issue of food waste. Our mission is to galvanize the younger generation into action while holding our actions accountable for their role in curbing food waste.

This campaign is a collaboration with the UN Rome-based Agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Freerice program and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Join our Process

Stage 1: LEARNThe aim of our "Youth Towards Zero Food Waste" campaign is to raise awareness about the issue of food waste and its drivers. Our goal is to collaborate and co-develop the campaign for meaningful stakeholder engagement, directly linking to the "Stage 2 - ACT".


Food waste quizzes

The World Food Forum collaborated with WFP Freerice to revamp and relaunch their Food Waste quiz. The participants can learn about the dire issue of Food Waste while playing and making a difference by earning rice to feed those in need.



Learn about food waste and food insecurity and discover creative solutions to tackle food waste:

Watch it in English             Watch it in Spanish             Watch it in French

Zero Food Waste culinary series

This series aims to educate and empower individuals to experience the joy of cooking by adopting healthy and sustainable cooking practices while minimising food waste in their daily lives and lifestyle.


  • Details for future episodes will soon be announced.


Other Food Waste Initiatives within the WFF



Resources will be made available soon on:

  • How you can conduct a food waste audit on a personal or community level,
  • How you can start composting,
  • How you can start a food pantry,
  • How you can help raise awareness on food waste problems and solutions.

Stage 2: ACTEmpowering youth with actionable measures for change is at the heart of our campaign. We encourage community, personal or organizational involvement to drive local transformation toward sustainable, zero-waste environments and to expand the adoption of successful practices in different contexts.

  • Complete a food waste audit on a personal, community or organizational level to assess current practices and identify areas for improvement.
  • Choose and act on one or more activities:
    • composting,
    • education and awareness campaigns, or
    • community food-sharing programs.

Stage 3: TRACKWe’ll establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that are tailored to specific contexts and demonstrate how small, local actions can contribute to a broader global impact.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) will enable systematic impact measurement, facilitating continuous improvement.

  • Fill out weekly online forms to track your progress.
  • Document your actions and experiences through an e-journal, blog, story, picture, or video-diary, sharing your personal food waste journey.
  • Provide feedback on the initiative and your plans for incorporating sustainable habits into daily life.

Stage 4: SCALE UPLeveraging evidence from LEARN, ACT and TRACK, we'll continuously improve food waste reduction efforts for both individuals and institutions taking the pledge. This includes ongoing learning and action on food waste.

Overall, the "Youth Towards Zero Food Waste Campaign" aims to mobilize young people in their communities while inspiring institutions globally to reduce food waste. Through community projects, food waste audits, commitments to reduce waste, institutional actions and evaluation, we promote sustainable food practices and responsibility among.

Global Youth Hackathon on Food Waste!

The Global Youth Hackathon on Food Waste is designed to engage passionate individuals in developing innovative, community-based solutions to combat food waste. Participants will collaborate, receive mentorship and refine their proposals through several stages, culminating in actionable initiatives that can significantly reduce food waste within their communities.

Applicants submit their innovative proposals, which will be reviewed by a diverse panel of evaluators. The top 15 proposals receive mentorship and advance to the online hackathon day, where hackathon judges provide feedback after participants pitch their projects. Following the hackathon day, contestants improve and resubmit their proposals, leading to the selection of the top five finalists. These finalists undergo further mentoring to prepare for the climax of the event: the live pitch presentations. In this culminating moment, finalists showcase their proposals to a panel of finals judges and a live audience, competing for the opportunity to be one of the two winning projects earning a prize of between 500 and USD 3 500 to bring their visionary concepts to life.


Are you ready to innovate and tackle food waste?

Submit your initiative      Become a mentor or an evaluator

Do you want to know more about it?
Check the Participant’s Booklet.

Do you want to become a mentor or an evaluator? Check the Terms and Conditions.

Previous initiatives undertaken by the World Food Forum to combat food waste

  • The 50 Days to Fight Food Waste Challenge in collaboration with WFP Freerice raised over 100 million grains of rice and engaged over 120 thousand people, helping them to learn about food waste and ways to address it.


  • The 2023 Universal Plate Campaign, in collaboration with the Social Gastronomy Movement, saw over 2.6 million meals shared in only one week, engaging 99 communities across 30 countries. During the span of one week, we rescued over 18 thousand kilograms of food that would otherwise have been wasted.


  • The Universal Plate campaign in 2022 witnessed the sharing of more than 71 million meals through collaborative efforts spanning six weeks, covering Hunger Action Month (September) to World Food Day (October 16). During this period, we successfully rescued over 20 million kilograms of food that would otherwise have gone to waste in the process of preparing and distributing these meals. This challenge engaged participants in over 1200 cities across 27 countries, with active involvement from regional food bank networks, social gastronomy organizations, private sector partners, universities, local governments, restaurants, faith-based organizations and student groups.


ECOSOC Youth Forum Highlights
ECOSOC Youth Forum Highlights

ECOSOC Youth Forum Highlights 

The WFF Announces Third Cohort of the Youth Policy Board
The WFF Announces Third Cohort of the Youth Policy Board

The World Food Forum (WFF) is pleased to announce the third cohort of the Youth Policy Board (YPB) for 2024-2025. 

WFF Culinary Series: Exploring sustainable cooking practices
WFF Culinary Series: Exploring sustainable cooking practices

The WFF Youth Towards Zero Food Waste campaign has embarked on an exciting journey with the launch of its culinary series.

WFF shines at ECOSOC Partnership Forum
WFF shines at ECOSOC Partnership Forum

The World Food Forum (WFF) kicked off 2024 by co-hosting a virtual side event at the ECOSOC Partnership Forum.


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