Transforming food systems; Youth innovation for human and planetary health
With the world’s population expected to increase by 2 billion people in the next 30 years, it has become recognized by numerous stakeholders that simply producing a larger volume of healthier food more sustainably will not ensure human and planetary wellbeing. Other crucial challenges must also be addressed, such as the interlinkages embodied by the 2030 Agenda including poverty reduction; social inclusion; health care; biodiversity conservation; and climate change mitigation. It has been acknowledged that there is a need for inclusive support mechanisms that ensure youth continue to amplify efforts collectively and individually to restore the planet and protect life, while integrating biodiversity in the transformation of food systems.
The theme of International Youth Day 2021, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, highlights the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.
In commemoration of the #IYD2021, YOWPSUD is aiming at empowering the youth with a platform to embrace and expose their art and also building their contextual capacity by sensitizing the artists on the importance of aligning their content with SDGs.
During an interview with a music group from the coast, here is what they had to say about IYD2021.
Name: WADAU EAST
1. What inspires you to do music?
Our music is quite diverse, we can nail most genres. Our inspiration comes from our cultures as African people and our own personal experiences plus even those of others we know around us.
2. What is special about International Youth Day?
Everyday should be youth day in our opinion, we make make up 77% percent of the population in Africa meaning if we are not taken care of in terms of job opportunities our whole Africa is doomed.
Young people are on the frontlines of the struggle to build a better future for all. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dire need for the kind of transformational change they seek – and young people must be full partners in that effort.” - UN Secretary-General António Guterres
3. What role can artists play in transforming food systems?
Artists are a big influence to society and when it comes to food, for example, in our songs, music videos or lyrics we should portray a healthy lifestyle that will trickle down to the people.
4. What message do you have for the youth?
Everyone can dream but only a few get to achieve their dreams, so you must make a choice are you just a dreamer or are you a dream achiever.
Prepared By: Coast Celebrities
Published By: YOWPSUD