Ugent students at the World Food Forum - Agrifood systems transformation accelerates climate action

(02-10-2023) Students from the UGent MSc Nutrition and Food Systems organize a side event at the annual World Food Forum (WFF), a conference aimed to encourage youth to take a step and fight climate change by transforming the present agrifood systems.

The agrifood systems that encompass the journey of food from farm to table and beyond touch every aspect of our lives and reach every corner of the planet. Yet instead of harnessing their immense potential for positive impact, we are letting agrifood systems wreak havoc on our climate and environment.

Currently, agrifood systems account for one-third of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, 90 percent of global deforestation and 70 percent of water use globally, and are the single greatest cause of terrestrial biodiversity loss, putting pressure on food value chains. Food is also the single largest category of material placed in municipal landfills and we lose or waste enough food to feed 1.3 billion hungry people every year.

In 2023 the World Food Forum (WFF) - a youth-led movement and network to transform our agrifood systems - is committed to the theme: “Agrifood systems transformation accelerates climate action.

The event can be attended online as well, and the students just opened an Instagram account on which they promote the event and present part of what they are working on in explanatory and interactive posts.

Join us. Take action for food, for our planet and for our shared future.