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Youth Can Help End Hunger, Says Food and Agriculture Organization Chief

While addressing a panel during the World Youth Forum, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation Chief Qu Dongyu called for using the technology, formation of better policies and encouraging the youth to participate more in the initiative to end hunger

Youth Can Help End Hunger, Says Food and Agriculture Organization Chief

Rome: Young people face huge challenges, among them growing food scarcity, malnutrition, poverty and climate shocks, making it essential to harness their potential to achieve zero hunger, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation chief Qu Dongyu has said. “We live in a challenging time,” the FAO Director-General told a panel on food security in Africa at the World Youth Forum on Sunday, according to an FAO statement. He said, “But we must not feel discouraged by these challenges. There are more solutions than challenges.”

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Mr. Qu highlighted the challenges young people in Africa and Middle East are grappling with – rising hunger and malnutrition, uptake of increasingly unhealthy diets, lack of stable jobs and income opportunities, climate change, water scarcity, and in some countries, conflict. Referring to the goal of ending hunger in all its forms by 2030, he said,

We need the energy and potential of young people to achieve rural transformation, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2.

Failing to achieve SDG2 places reaching all SDGs at risk, stressed Mr. Qu. Making the most of innovation, digital technology, investments, encouraging youth’s greater appreciation of sustainable and healthy food systems and better policies are some of the solutions, he said.

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To this end, Mr. Qu also presented FAO’s recently announced Hand-in-Hand initiative, which seeks to match donors and recipients in a more targeted way to assist the most vulnerable people and help to achieve the SDGs.

At the forum, the FAO and Egypt agreed to deepen their collaboration in support of the country’s rural youth and women. The FAO Director-General and Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry signed the accord on the margins of the World Youth Forum on Sunday.

Under the accord, FAO and the Ministry will seek to roll out programmes promoting employment on and off farm and in different value chains, and providing training and capacity development for youth and women, said the statement.

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