The 12th of August is a day commemorated around the world as international youth day as recognised by the United Nations.
This year, the United Nations has chosen “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, as the theme, with the aim of highlighting that the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.
In a report published by PWC (https://www.pwc.com/ng/en/publications/transforming-nigeria-s-agricultural-value-chain.html),
Agriculture was the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy before the discovery of crude oil. From 1960 to 1969, the sector accounted for an average of 57.0% of GDP and generated 64.5% of export earnings. From 1970 to late 2000s, the sector’s contribution to GDP and export earnings steadily declined, because Nigeria focus shifted to petroleum exploration.
“But the youth are ignorant of our agricultural history as a country and our leaders have shifted our attention to away from what use to be the bedrock of our wealth in the 60’s”. Sodiq Goodness, Executive Director of The Goodness Impact Foundation had said.
“The youth has also shift her own attention from growth mindset to entitlement mindset which has led to more youth engaging in entertainment than food security.” Sodiq Goodness said
The Goodness Impact Foundation is set to commemorate this year’s IYD 2021 by hosting a virtual hang out to educate young people about the role of technology in agriculture, innovating for human and planetary health, calling attention to the need of development of more equitable and resilient food systems.
This virtual hang out will hold on The Goodness Impact Foundation Facebook page by 6pm on August 12, 2021.
TGIF will also be live on Eko FM 89.7 to share insight on the theme of the IYD 2021 and the work The Goodness Impact Foundation does. This will take place on August 12th, 2021 at Eko FM 89.7.
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. 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.