World Food Forum - Flagship event



World Food Forum - Flagship event
WFF flagship event 2022

17-21 October 2022

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01 - Objectives

Under the 2022 theme “Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.”, the World Food Forum (WFF) will take place from 17 to 21 October at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy.

The WFF will comprise the Global Youth Forum for Food and Agriculture, the Science and Innovation Forum and the Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum. These three interlinked fora will advance bold and actionable solutions to catalyze the transformation of our agrifood systems, highlighting the importance of the next generation and its ingenuity in science, technology and innovation in dialogue with current thought leaders and scientific experts.

Also, fifteen countries will layout opportunities for public and private investments and interventions to build momentum around actions that governments, businesses and the international community can take to accelerate and implement the 2030 Agenda.

The week will foster dialogue and debate among relevant stakeholders, ranging from the young and the youthful, farmers, small-scale producers, Indigenous Peoples, policymakers, agri-investors and scientists, tuning in from the four corners of the world, all with one goal: moving the needle for food security to achieve a better food future for all, leaving no-one behind.

Global Youth Forum for Food and Agriculture

Brings young people together in a safe and inclusive space to discuss, advocate and co-identify priorities and solutions on the way forward to catalyze the transformation of agrifood systems. Under the 2022 theme “Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.”, the Global Youth Forum aims to:

  • Find solutions for food security and strengthened agrifood resilience;
  • Highlight the connections between dietary and planetary health;
  • Co-identify and share bold, actionable solutions to minimize and mitigate climate change impacts in our lifetime; and
  • Simultaneously increase global access to safe and nutritious food and healthy diets.

The Youth Forum will do this through (i) a global youth assembly for food policy, (ii) an innovation lab for young entrepreneurs and scientists, (iii) a food education symposium and school assembly, and (iv) motivational and cultural outreach and engagement activities. It will include youth from all spheres of society and all corners of the world, including marginalized youth such as Indigenous Youth and young farmers from least developed countries.

Science and Innovation Forum

Highlights the centrality of science, technology and innovation for agrifood systems transformation. The event will embrace a diversity of perspectives based on science, thereby facilitating rationalization and inclusiveness of debate.

More specifically, the objectives are to:
  • Explore scientific and technological advances and associated risks and opportunities;
  • Share science- and evidence-based options for more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems;
  • Analyze options for strengthening science and evidence-based decision-making;
  • Assist countries in making informed decisions regarding the co-creation, adaptation and adoption of appropriate and context-specific technologies and innovations;
  • Promote effective science communication, including by engaging on contentious issues.

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Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum

Aims at mobilizing public and private sector investments in selected priority areas, identified using sound criteria and methods, to eliminate rural poverty and hunger. This will include:

  • Presentations of 15 selected countries of the FAO Hand-in-Hand Initiative, as potential investment and intervention opportunities;
  • Evaluation by representatives of the Multilateral Development Banks, national and global agrifood private sector entities, institutional investors, national development banks and donors, among other stakeholders and development partners.

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02 - Activities

An exciting and varied programme awaits the participants, with a deep dive into what major policy, scientific and educational challenges, solutions and opportunities exist for reducing hunger and increasing food security around the world, along with specific country investment and intervention opportunities.

This will be conveyed through panel discussions, side-events, capacity development workshops, educational activities and bilateral meetings, many of which designed to deliver insights on how to harness the passion and ingenuity of the next generation.

The Forum will facilitate in-depth dialogues amongst current and future thought leaders and scientific experts to find practical and concrete solutions for the transformation of our agrifood systems. These solutions can only thrive in an enabling environment and so participants will also discuss what regulatory and policy improvements are needed to empower agripreneurs, in particular young farmers and startups, to connect with local and global value chains. The week will also be a celebration of all the progress made so far, with innovation awards, exhibitions and cultural activities.

Global Youth Forum for Food and Agriculture

The WFF Annual Meeting is the culmination of all the activities of the year, including policy and scientific discussions (Youth Assembly*), innovation awards (finals of the Transformative Research Challenge, including the PPR special prize, and Startup Innovation Awards, including the Resilience Innovation Award), educational activities (YUNGA Labs, Teachers’ Labs and School Assembly), capacity development workshops, exhibitions, side events and cultural activities. It will also introduce the newly established Young Scientists Group, made up of 20 extraordinary scientists under the age of 35, along with the global Focal Points Group of the Youth Assembly that provides strategic direction and supports the drafting process of youth positions and policies. Youth participants are expected from all members of FAO and public and private partners of the WFF, including Indigenous Youth and representatives of other vulnerable communities.

*Four days of Youth Assembly topics include i) presenting regional compendiums highlighting the youth policy priorities ii) drafting thematic policy papers for discussion – Water (to be presented at UN Water), COP27.

Science and Innovation Forum

The Science and Innovation Forum will be designed over five days at FAO HQ and provide major stakeholders*, in particular from low and middle-income countries (LMICs), the space and opportunity to take stock of the science and evidence base and gaps, engage in dialogues and share experiences around science-based actions and innovative solutions. Roundtables, panel discussions, and various interactive formats will be utilized. The Forum will be preceded by independently organized side-events, with partners showcasing their innovations and insights.

* Including senior policy-makers, Permanent Representatives of Member States in Rome, international, regional and national research and development organizations, academic institutions, the private sector, development partners, youth, civil society and farmers’ organizations, among others.

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Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum

On Tuesday, 18 October, Ministers have a one-hour slot to present their own country investment and intervention opportunities, as well as indicate prospects and opportunities at the national level and in those areas where the Hand-in-Hand Initiative seeks to eliminate rural poverty and hunger.

Discussions may include the challenges and bottlenecks still pending, the improvements made in the regulatory framework of each country to make the business environment more investment-friendly, the prospects for incorporation into domestic and international value chains and the potential of the areas identified within the investment plan. Wednesday, 19 October, will be dedicated to bilateral meetings between officials of each of the 15 countries with potential development partners and stakeholders interested in engaging in the country.

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03 - Expected outcomes

Already in its second year, the WFF aims to spur a global movement of young and youthful partners turning the best policies, scientific and technological advances and ideas into concrete and actionable solutions that can be scaled up worldwide to transform our agrifood systems and lift the most vulnerable and marginalized out of poverty and hunger.

An inclusive and intergenerational dialogue, where governments, private sector, scientists, academia and members of civil society from around the globe come together to create lasting and positive change for our people and our planet by 2030.

Global Youth Forum for Food and Agriculture

  • Policy outcomes in the various fields of food and agriculture, including water and climate, that can be taken up and advocated – to be further transformed into action and advised to FAO, UN and partners;
  • Innovative youth-led solutions and ideas that can be scaled-up;
  • Educational reform proposals for better agrifood systems education, based on behavioural science and school curricula;
  • A growing global movement of youth and young-at-heart allies for the transformation of our agrifood systems towards a better food future for all, leaving no-one behind.

Science and Innovation Forum

  • Scientific and technological advances explored;
  • Options for science and evidence-based decision-making analyzed;
  • Options for more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems shared;
  • Countries supported in making informed decisions;
  • Effective science communication promoted.

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Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum

  • Enhance and foster an inclusive dialogue among governments, private sector and development partners to produce concrete results and improve the lives of rural poor;
  • Emphasize the essential role of the private sector at national and international level, as well as International Financial Institutions, in ensuring a successful in-country outcome of the Hand-in-Hand Initiative;
  • Build momentum around actions that governments, businesses and the international community can take to accelerate and implement the 2030 Agenda;
  • Aim at bridging the gap between the country's need for public/private investment in deprived rural areas to scale up production, trade, and value chains and the private investor's appetite for opportunities and diversified returns.

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