The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Forum (WFF) have launched the first-ever cohort of Group of young scientists and call for applications for the second edition of the WFF Transformative Research Challenge.
The initiatives were showcased at a side event this week at the multi-stakeholder conference Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), titled “Youth-led solutions for a better food future.” the side event highlighted the critical role of young scientists in identifying and scaling innovative solutions to achieve the SDGs and the positive transformation of agri-food systems, with a particular focus on the WFF 2022 theme “Healthy Diets. Healthy planet”.
“Young researchers have the potential to make a huge impact,” said Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in her opening remarks at the event.
“We are counting on young people to drive change,” said FAO Chief Scientist Ismahane Elouafi.
The WFF Young Scientists Group is made up of 20 young scientists from around the world who will contribute scientific evidence and technical knowledge to various WFF initiatives and develop an annual WFF Young Scientists Report on specific policy issues of particular concern to young people. . , related to the transformation of agri-food systems. the YSG 2022 Cohort announced at the event includes:
Kim Anastasiou, Australia; Peter Asare-Nuamah, Ghana; Craig Chibanda, Zimbabwe; Shulang Fei, China; Imad Antoine Ibrahim, Lebanon; Alice Karanja, Kenya; Pacem Kotchofa, Benin; Lethicia Magno, Brazil; Clarity Mapengo, Zimbabwe; Sarah I. Murphy, United States; Ram Neupane, Nepal; Dinesh Panday, Nepal; Elisa Quaranta, Italy; Abdulkareem Raheem, Nigeria; Andrea Rosso, Italy; Michael Ruggeri, Italy; Jiang Shangchuan, China; Joanna Trewern, UK; Edy Trihatmoko, Indonesia; and Ambrogio Zanzi, Italy.
“This community of young scientists better understands the needs, feelings and concerns of young people, and is also an important source of energy, capable of mobilizing a critical mass for just causes,” said speaker Ibrahima Hathie, who is one of 15 named scientists. by UN Secretary General António Guterres to draft the 2023 Global Sustainability Report.
“The group of young scientists has come to stay to provide reliable, credible and policy-based initiatives,” said YSG cohort member Peter Asare-Nuamah. “The group is an opportunity for us to learn by contributing to global challenges such as climate change and food security. Therefore, we must be strong. We have to be convinced that we can change the narrative.
In addition to launching the group of young scientists at the side event, the WFF also announced a call for applications for the Transformative Research Challenge (TRC) 2022, a research competition designed to foster and promote innovation in development. to end hunger and transform agribusiness. systems.
Last year’s TRC winner, Nafn Amdar, invited young and young-at-heart researchers to submit a two-page concept note proposing an innovative research idea focused on questions related to healthy eating and action. climatic. The application deadline is June 6, 2022. Shortlisted applicants will receive expert mentorship to help them translate their concepts into strong research papers and present them on the WFF global stage in October 2022.
About the World Food Forum
Launched in 2021, the World Food Forum (WFF) is an independent global network of partners facilitated by FAO. It was created and is youth-led to spark a global movement that empowers young people to actively shape our agri-food systems with the aim of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a better food future for all.
The WFF is the premier platform to engage and harness the passion of young people to galvanize action and identify solutions to the growing challenges facing our agrifood systems. It brings together and connects key youth groups, influencers, businesses, academic institutions, nonprofits, governments, media and the public to raise awareness, foster engagement and advocacy, and mobilize resources in support of the transformation of agri-food systems. Offering a range of interactive online events, networks and content platforms, the WFF is organized around four thematic axes: Youth Action, Innovation, Education and Culture. In 2021, WFF brought together more than 40,000 young people and young-at-hearts from around the world, and more than 75 young people and youth partners from all sectors.
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