Youth, Science and Innovation and Hand in Hand Investment fora all converge to spark action
FAO Director-General QU Dongyu with indigenous youth advocates who have been a key part of the activities at the WFF
Rome - From brainstorming solutions for food security and mitigating climate change based on science and innovation to highlighting the links between healthy eating and a healthy planet - a youth-driven World Food Forum today wrapped up five days of intensive dialogue, networking and investment pitching aimed at addressing the world’s growing food crisis.
Speaking in a closing ceremony which offered a rich mix of indigenous youth advocacy, music, poetry and film, QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), said: “I am impressed by the many ways policy, science, technology, innovation and investment have converged to spark the actions we need for a better food future.” He added: “The future I always believe is brighter!”
Energizing the gathering has been the urgency of bringing diverse perspectives to bear towards its goals of finding solutions for food security and improving agrifood resilience; raising awareness of the links between dietary and planetary health; and identifying bold, actionable science based solutions to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis, while also increasing access to healthy diets for all.
Qu was joined by counterparts from the other Rome-based Agencies (RBAs), featuring Assistant Vice President Satu Sala from the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Arif Husain, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Assessment and Monitoring, from the World Food Programme (WFP), as well as youth, science, investment and cultural leaders, who all testified to a new sense of momentum in the continuing collaboration of all stakeholders towards agrifood systems transformation and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Three concurrent streams
The forum brought together three concurrent streams, focusing on youth, science, technology and innovation and FAO’s flagship Hand-in-Hand Initiative pairing prospective investors with countries in greatest need of support. Among the key achievements:
Organizers stressed there is no one individual thing that made this year’s World Food Forum a success, but instead it was the coming together of all the different perspectives, and all the stakeholders, across regions and generations. The three interlinked streams highlighted the importance of collaboration between the current and next generation. And our combined ingenuity in science, technology, innovation – and investments give us the best hope of creating a better food future, leaving no one behind.
The FAO Director-General concluded the closing proceedings with a poem he composed in Chinese for the occasion:
(For 2022 World Food Forum)
Dr. QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General
Youth lights up a torch shine,
Four Betters open up a new chapter.
World Food Forum gathers a momentum gain,
Transformation through investment and innovation.
The world comes together with common aspiration,
People united to aim for ambition greater.
Open, inclusive and compassionate,
Hand in hand for development along.
Rome welcomes people from indigenous,
The burning bonfire brightens body and soul.
Old tradition joins fresh vision,
Long life for the youthful and dynamic,
Together, female and male, young and senior,
Burning big passion to warm all cold and sad.
Humanity and love go through hardship,
Building a shared planet with future new.
From Xiaoxiang village to FAO,
The quest continues along the Mediterranean Sea.
Holy Father, Holy City and virtuous philosophy,
President, Premiere and DG are working.
A sustainable future depends on all of you,
FAO’s mission is ever clear and determined.
Freedom from hunger and poverty,
Blue sky and green land bathe in sunshine.