‘Transforming Food systems’ at the center of international youths’ day celebration


Youth Globally encouraged to invest in Agriculture as a form of combatting food crisis. [Image: courtesy]
Thursday August 12,2021 will mark International Youth Day to celebrate the contribution that the youth make in education, employment, conflict resolution, and social justice to name a few.

The special day slotted in 1999 by the United Nations general assembly, to also draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth.

UN has structured a webinar around different round tables, designed to boost interactions among the participants. The different segments will focus on specific topics that fall under the 2021 celebrations overarching theme, “Transforming Food systems: Youth Innovation for Human and planetary earth.”

The event will explore the role that youths can play to achieve a more equitable and sustainable food system, through a dialogue among youth working in this space and stakeholders from different walks of life.

Last year, the unemployment rate on youths was highest in Agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector, accounting for 28.9 percent of the total youth employment rate worldwide.

Another research done by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, showed that only 10 percent of youths are directly participating in the agribusiness sector in Kenya, a trend that has been taken to notice of youths moving away from agriculture and rural areas as a whole.

Therefore, this year’s theme will help the youths by equipping them with the necessary information on innovation and how best they can engage in the meaningful transformation of food systems.

Organizations such as Emerging leaders Fdn have urged people to honor this day by celebrating young peoples’ voices, actions, initiatives as well as their meaningful universal and equitable engagement and also take stock of youth participation in political and socio-economic development in Africa.

The day will be virtually convened by DESA in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Major group for children and group, different organizations and media houses across the world will also hold virtual conventions for the celebration.