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MyFood30: Growing tomorrow’s agri-food talent

“In a world of plenty, no one, not a single person, should go hungry. But almost 1 billion still do not have enough to eat. I want to see an end to hunger everywhere within my lifetime.” – Ban Ki-moon,United Nations Secretary-General

Young people have the fresh thinking we need to drive innovation, but often lack of access to the education and training opportunities required to take them forward. On 10th August, MyFood30 - a project by the Swiss National FAO Committee - launches a 50 day campaign to hear young people’s views on the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time it will be examined to understand which support they need to maximize their contribution to global goals as ending hunger and malnutrition, reducing waste and promoting sustainable agriculture.


The Post 2015 agenda

Building on the Millennium Development Goals that were agreed in 2000, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) have been drawn up through a series of global consultations. At the UN Summit, on September 25th, 193 world leaders will commit to ensuring their delivery. Three of these new global goals - SDGs 2, 12 and 15 - deal with the creation of more sustainable food systems specifically. But the targets are broad and ambitious. To achieve them, countries will need to work with their citizens and agri-food sectors to maximize their respective contributions at local and national level.

Young people as the future of our food system

The Swiss National FAO Committee believes that young people are the future of our food systems.Bringing fresh perspectives and a lot of creativity to address long standing and complex issues, they are capable of driving the innovation required to enable sector transformation.But all too often they lack of access to the support - including education, training and networks -needed to take their ideas forward. MyFood30 is designed to facilitate and optimize young people’s contribution to the agri-food system related Sustainable Development Goals. The project has been developed in close collaboration with YPARD, a network for young people in agricultural development, and is supported by a wide range of sector partners.

#MyFood30 - have your say

The first stage of the project is launched on August 10th. On the one hand a survey will enable those studying for agri-food related qualifications or already active in the sector to have their say on the talent development structure in their countries. On the other hand an engaging online game will introduce to those with no prior background knowledge the challenges of achieving sustainable food systems.

The implications of the project’s findings for the Talent Development infrastructure in Switzerland will be examined at a workshop in Bern on September 30th. The broader project insights will then be discussed at an international level at a Side Event at the 42nd Session of the Committee on Food World Security in Rome. All project outputs will shared publicly in a final report available in late October.

About MyFood30

MyFood30 is a project by the Swiss National FAO Committee.The project is supported by the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)and delivered by Foodways Consulting GmbH.

For more information about the project, visit www.myfood30.net

Take the expert survey; visit:
https://myfood30.typeform.com/to/deNLkc

Play the game; visit: 
https://myfood30.typeform.com/to/OQQ4sS

Have your say by Septembre 29th, 2015!

For more information about the Sustainable Development Goals visit: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/