The goal of this engaging programme is to change food systems holistically. It is in line with the Secretary-General’s UN Food Systems Summit +2 Report, his Call to Action, and the Stakeholder Contribution Report, which all address the lack of qualified workers as well as the needs of youth advocacy and capacity building. Become a part of a movement that dismantles institutional silos and transforms food systems.
Participants who meet the requirements will be invited to attend an in-person, five-day session on leadership development. The goal is to connect promising early-career innovators from low- and middle-income countries with practitioners, scientists, and activists. Together, we will bridge the gap between grassroots mobilisation and policy lobbying to jointly create a better future for food.
Learn: Engage in a 5-day co-creative workshop, bridging the gap between data, knowledge, and implementation. Explore modules such as negotiations, policy advocacy, strategic communication, and evidence-based decision-making.
Get Inspired: Immerse yourself in presentations by seasoned practitioners, scientists, young global food champions, and influencers shaping the future of food systems.
Act: Co-create a community of practice, sharpen your leadership skills, and develop transformative initiatives for low- and middle-income countries to transform their food systems.
Enhance your expertise in:
Governance systems: Negotiations and design of multi-stakeholder processes for food systems governance.
Policy advocacy: Mastering leadership skills for policy advocacy, bridging the gap from global to local and vice versa. Learn how to effectively target policy processes at local, regional, and global levels.
Communication and storytelling for impact: Crafting impactful communication and storytelling strategies, raising awareness, and securing funds for your initiatives.
Science and evidence-based decision-making: Building proposals and forging partnerships based on scientific evidence.
The program is a unique opportunity to leverage your leadership skills, expand your networking skills, and gain in-depth knowledge of the main challenges and opportunities around the transformation of food systems targeting decision-makers. Above all, being part of this selective group allows you to elevate your project and ideas globally to ensure that the projects are realistic, holistic, scalable, and sustainable.
The project’s next phase will support countries with a track record of investments in Youth empowerment in their National Pathways. Successful candidates are expected to continue their ideas and learning journeys in partnership with their respective governments, aiming to present scalable and innovative solutions by the UN Food Systems Stocktaking Moment +4 in 2025.
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the workshop.
The Hub will prioritise as many nations as feasible for candidates who are chosen for sponsorship, with the goal of supporting a minimum of one candidate each nation. During the training, the sponsorship will fully cover all costs associated with travel, lodging, and meals. Participants who provide their own funding are in charge of paying for their own transportation, lodging, and other costs. There is no cost to attend the workshop. Every participant, regardless of funding source, will get an invitation letter and, in case it’s needed, a letter supporting their visa to help with the essential travel documents. Every participant will get a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.
The programme is designed for early-career professionals interested in driving food systems solutions in three regions: Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia. If you are involved in food systems research, civil society work, or other related activities, this programme is for you! English proficiency is preferred. Services for interpretation will be scheduled according to each person’s needs and availability. Age range: 18 to 35 (with a maximum age of 35 by December 2023) citizens of low- and middle-income nations (as defined by the World Bank)
The selection will occur in one phase. Each application will be evaluated by a selection committee, convened by the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub, FAO Regional Offices and other regional partners. Candidates will be assessed based on the following: Current work: priority will be given to applicants for national administrations and other public agencies related to food systems transformation. Academic and/or professional excellence – in the field of food and agriculture and inter-disciplinary background Policy advocacy/communication skills and leadership experience Quality of the presented motivation and project after the end of the course Experience in policy processes or grassroots initiatives at the local, regional, or global levels Personal engagement: quality of the motivation statement engagement to serve society and support a sustainable Track record of engagement in advocacy networks, Youth Associations, or similar organizations working to transform food systems Understanding of UNFSS Summit, National Pathways etc. The selection committee will consider gender, geographical and multi-disciplinary backgrounds.
Application Deadline: 15th January 2024
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