CTA and WUR are organising two sessions as part of the WUR SDG Centennial International Conference with a focus on Food system transformation pathways.
WUR SDG International Conference - Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact
Parallel Session 1: Disruptive Innovation and Youth for Zero Hunger by 2030, August 30th, 2018, 14h00 – 15h30
Africa’s youth population is expected to double to over 830 million by 2050. Across the globe, young people represent a promising, yet untapped, source of opportunities for disruptive innovation for transforming food systems. Youth struggle to find decent jobs, make the transition from education to work, and mature in terms of independence. A growing aspiration gap lays bare the friction between economic realities and what it means to be suitably employed or a successful entrepreneur. The agricultural sector still holds a great deal of potential. The parallel session on “Disruptive Innovation and Youth for Zero Hunger by 2030” will discuss different ways to bring down the youth under- and unemployment and enhance youth entrepreneurial opportunities in the agricultural sector. Various speakers will discuss the approaches used to achieve their goals and targets. Triggered by short keynotes and pitches, we will interactively reflect on programmes supported by public and private entities such as AfDB, CTA, EC, IFAD, Danone, Mercy Corps, and WUR. Throughout the session we will ask questions, the main one being: ‘What are the most effective ways to address the challenge of youth under- and unemployment, and expand youth entrepreneurial opportunities?’
Case Study Session 2: Scaling-up Youth-Led Programmes: Call to Action, August 31st, 2018, 14h00 – 15h30
Food systems are in a state of transformation, and global challenges to feed the 9 billion and climate change will affect people around the world. While to some youth can be considered as groups that bear the brunt of negative impacts, they are also increasingly considered as the key drivers of change in society. They are capable of tackling these challenges and altering the status quo. The voice of the youth is crucial in validating existing or identifying alternative pathways to transform agri-food systems. By bringing various stakeholders together, who have experience in this field, synergies can be created and new actions identified. This requires partnership modalities (between private & banking sector, civil society, policy makers and knowledge institutions) for joint action. In the case study session on ‘Scaling-up Youth-Led Programmes’ we will explore how to draw from current approaches to achieve long-term ambitions and goals. These ambitions are not trivial: the G20 has pledged to support the African Union to double the total productivity and increase youth employment by 30% in the agricultural sector by 2030. The Jobs for Youth in Africa strategy of the African Development Bank aims to create 25 million jobs and equip 50 million youth by 2025. The voice of youth is crucial.
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.
Wageningen University is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. We do so by working closely together with governments and the business community. Wageningen UR is a partnership between Wageningen University and DLO consisting of 10 specialised research institutes. Many of our web pages list the contact persons for the related topics.