Engaging with youth


There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world, the largest youth population ever.

On the occasion of International Youth Day (12 August), have a look at FAO’s selection of publications for young people – and their parents and educators – keen to become active agents of change. For further reading, see the Publications catalogue.

FAO activity book series

These books familiarize young people with FAO’s work and how they can take action to become the Zero Hunger Generation. They can be downloaded from the resource portal Building the #ZeroHunger Generation, created to support educators in preparing classes on important global issues, including migration and climate change.

Discovering forests
Drawing on The State of the World’s Forests, these educational materials for children aged 10–13 are conceived to inspire and engage them to manage the planet wisely. They include modules on the different types of forests, forests and water, non-wood forest products, and forest tenure.

Teaching guide

Learning guide

YUNGA Challenge Badges and Youth Guides
Developed in collaboration with other United Nations agencies, civil society and other organizations, the Challenge Badges encourage young people to become active agents of change in their local communities. Created in an accessible and flexible format, each publication focuses on a specific topic, ranging from ending hunger to climate change. They can be downloaded here.

Providing even deeper insight into topics such as biodiversity and oceans, the Youth Guides complement the Challenge Badges. They can be downloaded here.