Land & Water

FAO Land and Water at the 2023 World Food Forum | Global Youth Action

The Global Youth Forum brings young people together in a safe and inclusive space to discuss, advocate and co-identify priorities and solutions on the way forward to catalyze the transformation of agrifood systems. Under the 2023 theme “Agrifood systems transformation accelerates climate action”, the Global Youth Forum aims to:

  • Find solutions for food security and strengthened agrifood resilience;
  • Highlight the connections between the transformation of agrifood systems and global climate solutions; and
  • Co-identify and share bold, actionable strategies to minimize and mitigate climate change impacts for our and future generations.

The Youth Forum will do this through (i) a global youth assembly for food policy, (ii) an innovation lab for young entrepreneurs and scientists, (iii) a food education symposium and school assembly, and (iv) motivational and cultural outreach and engagement activities. It will include youth from all spheres of society and all corners of the world, including marginalized youth such as Indigenous Youth and young farmers from least developed countries. 

The youth group of the FAO Land and Water Division will organize several side events throughout the forum for both in-person or virtual participation, click HERE to REGISTER to the side events, and you can find the participants guide here.

Details of our events can be found below.

YI01 – Breaking the silos - integrating water to agriculture for accelerating climate action

Oct 17, 2023 9:00 AM CEST, Austria Room and Online via Zoom

Water is central to agriculture that accounts for 72 percent of global freshwater withdrawals. The transformation of agrifood systems will not be possible without integrated water resources management, which requires a renewed commitment to promote water-related initiatives to accelerate climate action and to achieve all SDGs.  The side event will highlight the importance of water for agrifood system transformation to scale up climate action and the involvement of youth in respective projects.

Detailed agenda

Detailed agenda

09:00 – 09:05
Welcome & introduction to the topic
Welcome game/survey on a topic/question
Moderator: Rosaida Dolce, NSL

09:05 – 09:12
Opening remarks
Mr Lifeng Li, NSL

09:12 – 09:20
Keynote presentation
IWRM and the importance of water for SDG 2 and all other SDGs
Nathalie Dubler, NSL 

09:20 – 09:40
Panel discussion
Each representative of each division has time to present the work that the division is doing that interlinks with water.  

Highlight the importance of involvement of youth in respective projects.  

Speakers: young representatives from
ESN – Ruobin Wu
NFO – Sara CasallasRamirez
NSP – Mariam Awlia
OCB – Lorenzo Cintori

09:40 – 09:45
Intervention from the field
A young farmer talks about the concrete linkage of water in her/his daily life in agriculture. 
Speaker: Ledeebari Banuna 

09:45 – 09:53
Interactive Q&A 
Moderator: Rosaida Dolce, NSL

09:53 – 10:00
Jippe Hoogeveen, NSL

YV03 – Youth Promoting Innovation, Safeguarding Food Security

Oct 19, 2023 09:00-10:00 AM CEST, Online via Zoom 

With 9% of the world's arable land and 6% of the world's freshwater, China feeds nearly 20% of the world's population, setting an example of food self-sufficiency. China proposed an all-encompassing approach to national food security by following measures: implementing the balance control of arable land requisition and compensation, maintaining a minimum quantity of 120 million hectares of arable land, increasing the grain yield and the potential productivity of arable land by strengthening technology support. The side event organized by FAO, Ministry of Natural Resources of China (MNR) and China Land Surveying and Planning Institute (CLSPI) will share general ideas on building a diversified food supply system for food security.

Detailed agenda

Detailed agenda

Welcome & introduction to the topic
Deputy Director General of CLSPI

Keynote Speech Representative of MNR
Representative of FAO

Keynote presentation (10 minutes)
The spatial layout optimization of farmland based on food security Wenli FENG, Director General of CLSPI

Thematic report I
Developing and Implementation of Integrated Land Use Planning Guidelines Haocong WANG, FAO

Thematic report II
Introduction of China's integrated agrifood system – future development path of food security in China Jin DAI, CLSPI

Thematic report III
Strengthen farmland quality survey and evaluation and promote the rational use of farmland resources Chao LI, CLSPI

Thematic report IV
Address water scarcity through partnership: The Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) Rosaida Dolce, FAO

Feras Ziadat, FAO
Vera Boerger, FAO

YV06 – DESIGN + IGNITION - Creative Design on “Food Action Accelerate Climate Action” in Post-Pandemic Era

Oct 19, 2023 10:00-11:00 AM CEST, the Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Macau University of Science and Technology in Macau and Online via Zoom 

The pandemic reshapes people’s lifestyles and way of life, the attitudes, way of consuming food, and disposal of waste were largely transformed. However, the creative idea and design were not addressed enough through all steps of food action. The side event organized by FAO and Macau University of Science and Technology will discuss the possibilities of creative ideas and designs that can change the steps of food growth-supply-consuming-disposing; rethink how creative design creates opportunities for food in cities from the perspective of architectural design, landscape design, urban design, and environmental design; and discover possibilities of urban farming from a design perspective.

Detailed agenda

Detailed agenda

Introduction and opening remark
Dr. Huiming Liu, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Macau University of Science and Technology

The transformations of local food culture among urban changes in Macau
Representative from the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macau

Educating young design professionals to respond to global actions and collaborations
Prof. Zhen Sun, Assistant Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Macau University of Science and Technology 

Developing and implementing of integrated land use planning guidelines
Mr. Haocong Wang, Associate Professional Officer, FAO

Circular economies for more resilient and sustainable agrifood systems
Ms. Ying Ma, Consultant, FAO

Risk assessment of high-salt food exposure in daily meals of urban residents: Evidence from Shenzhen
Prof. Yongxi Gong, Director of Technical Committee of Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Urban Planning and Decision Making, Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen)

Landscape design for urban land reclamation and natural resources restoration
Dr. Chaoyi Cui, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Macau University of Science and Technology

More than creative design: how can social capital promote farmland conservation?
Dr. Guan Li, Lecture, Law School, Ningbo University

Thinking and practice of robotic technology design in food and environmental issues
Mr. Zhen Chen, Senior Engineer, Future Lab, Tsinghua University 

Cities, urban agriculture, climate change adaptation
Ms. Rong Wang, Faculty of Humanities, The University of Manchester

Design of urban farm and community participation in land shortage cities
Ms. Zujie Cai, Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Macau University of Science and Technology

Discussion and Q&A

Closing Remarks
Opportunities and challenges for young designers in the global food and environmental actions
Closing Remarks
Prof. Guanghui Huang, Program Director of Design and Fine Arts, Macau University of Science and Technology

YE16 – Water and food insecurity indicators for improving agriculture and nutrition

Oct 19, 2023 13:00-14:00 PM CEST, German Room and online via Zoom

Reliable access to safe and sufficient water and food creates an enabling environment for good health, yet tools for comparably measuring experiences with water and food insecurity have only recently been developed. During this side event, experts from diverse sectors will demonstrate how to use these novel tools and discuss how they have been implemented by governments, NGOs, and academics to advance progress toward improved agricultural productivity, nutritional well-being, and livelihoods.

Detailed agenda

Detailed agenda

13:00 –13:05
Opening Remarks | Tackling Water and Nutrition in Food Systems Transformation: Setting the Scene
Sasha Koo-Oshima

13:05 – 13:20
Presentation | Measurement of Experiential Food and Water Insecurity to Improve Policy and Practice
Joshua Miller

13:20 – 13:40
Panel discussion | Application and Utility of Experiential Food and Water Insecurity Measures
Audrey Nepveu (Moderator)

Cynthia Matare (Panelist)
Elizabeth Bryan (Panelist)
Sera Young (Panelist)

13:40 – 14:00
Hands-on demonstration and Q&A | How to Adapt and Use Experiential Tools
Rosaida Dolce (Moderator)
Joshua Miller (Moderator)

Concluding remarks
Sasha Koo-Oshima

YE19 – CompoSITE- Office-made solutions: from waste to better soil, food and environment

Oct 19, 2023 13:00-14:30 PM CEST, FAO Atrium 

Composting is a simple and powerful way to improve the circularity of the food system. It connects soil, waste management, nutrient cycling, water availability, biodiversity, climate resilience, GHG, and human action. Composting is an opportunity to educate and discuss a key resource for action in the climate/food nexus and to keep motivation and optimism that are critical for ensuring future work towards sustainable food systems. It provides a hands-on activity inviting employees and visitors to actively contribute to a circular food system and accelerate climate action through improved soil health and waste management. Join us for the launch of a composting site at FAO headquarters promoted by the Global Soil Partnership in collaboration with the Mountain Partnership Secretariat. Learn how composting can enhance soil health, water availability, and food waste management. 

Detailed agenda

Detailed agenda

Introduction & moderation 
Filippo Benedetti, NSL Youth Representative, FAO and 
Giorgio Grussu, Project coordinator, Mountain Partnership, NFO, FAO 

The role of FAO’s Corporate Environmental Responsibility
Tina Mittendorf, Head of FAO Corporate Environmental Responsibility 

Composting process: how does it work

Composting process: how to use the composter, how to apply compost in the field
Stefano Masetti, Farmer and person in charge of FAO’s rooftop farm 

Linking compost to soil health and fertility
Natalia Rodriguez Eugenio, Land and Water Division FAO 

Link between soil health and water
George Akoko, Land and Water Division FAO 

Interactive session and quiz
Speakers: young representatives from NSL: Filippo Benedetti and George Akoko 

Coffee break with organic food and demonstration of the composter
Filippo Benedetti, NSL Youth Representative, FAO and  Giorgio Grussu, Project coordinator, Mountain Partnership, NFO, FAO