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IYD 2021: Creatives Interview (Jenkins)

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 dancer, an activist, and a graphic designer, here is what she had to say about the #IYD2021.

Name: Cynthia Jenkins Swinton

Country: Kenya

1. What inspires you to do music?

I'm inspired to activism because i want to help in stopping arbitrary arrest and police brutality in our societies today.

2. What is special about International Youth Day?

Because we get to recognize youth, identify their problems and the challenges we are facing so as to achieve a milestone.

3. What role can artists play in transforming food systems?

Artist roles in food system is to push the world system leaders to accomplish their commitment and also educate at grassroot level on the benefits of food systems

4. What message do you have for the youth?

To take up spaces , be aggressive and run with opportunities.

Prepared By: Coast Celebrities

Published By: YOWPSUD

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