The future of agriculture depends on attracting young talented people who are prepared to balance risk and reward so that they can deliver the healthy food we need, in a way that gives them sufficient return for their labour and capital.
Every good thing must come to an end and YPARD 10 Years celebrations is no exception. After a year long of celebrations to mark our 10 years milestone on promoting agriculture among the youth, several YPARD chapters did the closing for us.
This year has had its fair share of food moments. Food policies and programs have been developed to address nutrition and food security, efforts have been made to standardize and quantify food waste, and a growing group of young food leaders around the world have continually contributed to growing involvement and effort in improving the global food system. Here are 16 noteworthy food moments of 2016:
The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation announced in early December the launch of a Food Sustainability Media Award to increase the public’s awareness of food sustainability issues worldwide. The award will recognize excellent professional and up-and-coming journalists from around the world who have focused their reporting on topics relating to food security, sustainable agriculture, and nutrition. Applications for the award will open January 9, 2017.
“With this award, we want to connect the everyday person with issues that are ultimately affecting all of us, and we believe media is the best route to make [this] happen,” says Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, in a BCFN press release.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted annually. Some countries are, unfortunately, greater culprits than others; according to the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN), the total amount of food wasted in the U.S. exceeds that of the United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden, France, and Germany combined. In addition, the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that global food production accounts for 70 percent of fresh water use and 80 percent of deforestation. Food production is also the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and creates at least 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
But UNEP’s recently launched Think.Eat.Save initiative is working with groups around the world to develop and coordinate projects to prevent the environmental problems that can result from food loss and food waste.
According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are more than 570 million farms in the world and global trade in agriculture totals more than US$1 trillion annually. There’s no question that farmers are feeding the world, but many lack the investment, resources, education, and attention they need.
Fortunately, from Uganda to Hong Kong, farmers are finding ways to farm in more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable ways, improving the planet while providing food for their communities. They cultivate community gardens, educate citizens about farming, distribute fresh produce, and support fellow farmers. Hailing from the four corners of the world, these are 10 farmers you need to know.
On the occasion of the International Symposium on “Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition”, a special youth session organized by FAO and YPARD is taking place on 2 December 2016 from 12:45 to 13:45 (CET) at FAO HQ, Rome, Italy. The aim of the youth session is to identify and convey key messages from the student community to policy and decision makers on ways to strengthen sustainable food systems for healthy diets and improved nutrition in communities.