Launch of National Youth Food Forum

Posted March 5, 2024

IFIAD was delighted to co-host the launch the National Youth Food Forum on 5th March 2024, as a National Chapter of the World Food Forum (WFF).

With this launch, Ireland now joins a growing list of WFF National chapters spread across different regions of the globe, including in its pioneering countries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United Republic of Tanzania, as well as in Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Uganda, USA (United States of America) and Zimbabwe.

The National Youth Food Forum is open to all young people (18-35 years old) engaged in the agri-food systems in Ireland, from all backgrounds and areas of interest. The Forum aims to build on the existing momentum to better co-ordinate and leverage domestic and international opportunities for young people to engage on food systems. It will be a youth led initiative and provide a platform to network and collaborate on sustainable food systems and engage with policy platforms such as the World Food Forum, and other domestic and international initiatives.

Chair of IFIAD, Prof. Charles Spillane opened the event stating “it is critically important that there is a national food forum in Ireland, and that there is youth engagement in charting the future of the food system. By 2030, it is estimated that 1.3 billion people on the planet will be aged 15 to 24 years. How can jobs be generated in rural areas and what is the future of decent work in Agriculture?”

Sean Bell – participate in a youth food systems dialogue

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