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Youth World Food Day - October 16, 2019
Wednesday October 16, 2019 Image: foodFIRST
All day event


October 16, 2019


World Food Center
Nieuwe Kazernelaan 2-D42
Ede, 6711 JC Netherlands
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Youth World Food Day takes place on October 16, 2019 in Ede and is an initiative of I4NATURE in co-creation with foodFIRST, the council of Ede, World Food Center, Wageningen Youth Institute and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). During the event, the Food & Nutrition Security Excellence Programme of F&BKP will be kicked off and in the afternoon the Zero Waste Challenge on Food Losses and Waste will take place. 

At Youth World Food Day, youth and opinion leaders jointly discuss solutions for world food challenges. From a region that thrives on development and innovation in agrofood, the city of Ede acknowledges the pledge for #ZeroHunger. Located in a municipality that takes its food policy serious, World Food Center is able to turn its ambitions into action.

Initiative for the solution-oriented Young Summits at World Food Day 2019 is taken by I4NATURE, the organization responsible for activation and involvement of youth world wide (originated in 2012), in co-creation with foodFIRST, council of Ede, World Food Center, Wageningen Youth Institute and Food & Business Knowledge Platform. The youth led event shares perspectives globally on food security and takes on challenges together with opinion leaders.

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09:00 – 12:00 Food & Nutrition Security Excellence Programme

In the morning, the selected teams of the Food & Nutrition Security Excellence Programme will kick off the programme. The FNS Excellence Programme challenges teams of Bachelor students to contribute to Food & Nutrition Security by working on real-life cases of Dutch Embassies in Africa. The selected teams work for a period of three months on consultancy assignments and pitch their final ideas for the Embassies & Dutch FNS experts. The Excellence Programme is carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and the F&BKP. Please visit the website for more information.

13:00 Plenary opening

At 13:00, during the plenary opening of the afternoon programme, the moderators will show images from World Food Day celebrations around the world and a message from Rome where the Youth Council for Rome based agencies is also participating in World Food Day.

13:30 – 15:30 Zero Waste Challenge – Food Losses and Waste

One part of the afternoon programme is organized by foodFIRST. Youth and young professionals will cope with the Zero Waste Challenge: participants present their solutions for food losses and waste in their region. Categories include: preventing food losses in the chain of food production; preventing food losses in the harvest process; preventing food waste in the rest streams. The solutions will be discusses online with experts and there will be a live feed with youth from Africa and other parts of the world who will join the discussion from their perspective.

Contact to receive more information and to participate. Download the flyer.

13:30 – 15:30 Various activities for food losses in the area

The other part of the afternoon programme consists of various activities concerning food losses closer to home. It contains: poster presentations with solutions for food losses nearby; a world food game; a piece of art about food losses; a cooking contest with products that otherwise would be wasted.

15:30 Closure

At 15.30 the programme will be closed during a plenary session in which the harvest of both afternoon programme items will be presented by Tijmen Rooseboom, the Ambassador for Youth at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, focusing on education and work (tbc).


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