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According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. Nearly 200 million youth are food insecure. 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry every night. The vast majority of hungry people (827 million) live in developing countries, where 14.3 percent of the population is undernourished. Asia has the largest number of hungry people (over 500 million) but Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence (24.8 percent of population). Out of this, 60% of the world’s hungry are women. UN Youth report titled “youth and hunger” has stated that halving the number of undernourished by 2015 from 1990 levels was the goal of the World Food Summit and the target of the Millennium Development Goal 1. Unfortunately, however, hunger and malnutrition rates in the world continue to grow and are accelerating. By 2050, there will be 9 billion people in the world and less farmland and resources than there’s ever been.
Agricultural production and food security largely depends on access to land and prioritization of securing land rights of small-scale farmers. Today, a large number of people lack adequate and secure access to land. It has been found that young people too often lack access to the land needed to engage in agriculture. Due to the scarcity of land especially young people are migrating into urban areas. Lack of available land reduces the ability of people to attain food security through agricultural production. While land availability affects food security for both urban and rural populations, those in rural areas are particularly at risk.(Freuednberger, Mark). Access to land contributes to food security, household nutritional wellbeing. That’s why, land is an important resource for agricultural production and food security.
There are a number of initiatives taken by international organizations on food security.
Most of the initiatives of United Nations, regional and international organizations are found to have been focused on empowering young people with skills and resources and engaging them on agricultural production and entrepreneurship. Engaging youth on agricultural production is one of the aspects for ensuring food security. But at the same time, there should be appropriate policy, adequate financial investment and incentives from the governmental level. In this regard, there is a need of regular and strong pressure on the government from civil society organizations for appropriate policies and programs. The young people together can play a vital role on policy advocacy. National young campaigners can sensitize policy makers and hold governments accountable for food security oriented policy reform.
Very few organizations have launched awareness-based campaigns with the participation of youth in the organization and promotion of events. UN Agencies have developed a number of awareness campaigns. Examples include FAO’s "1 billion hungry campaign" and the "Billion for a Billion" campaign and FAO's "Feeding Minds" and "Right to Food" initiatives. The Future Farmers Network of Australia has launched Young Carbon Farmers Project to educate young farmers to enable them to adapt to and be sustainable within an increasingly variable climate.
In the past, youth in different parts of the world, uniting from all over the world, have carried out massive climate awareness campaigns and collectively advocated to sensitize the governments and entire world that climate crisis is the most critical problem being faced by the world. A number of global, regional and national organizations have facilitated the young people, youth led climate organizations and movements to be the strong advocate on climate crisis. Now, the global leaders, elected officials, lawmakers and bureaucrats have, at least acknowledged that climate crisis is the number one issue facing humanity. Climate change has been realized as a leading humanitarian crisis in the world. The youth led and engaged-climate advocacy initiatives have proved that youth have a power to -sensitize the world on any humanitarian issues and make the governments take action to combat crisis.
It has been realized that there is a need of raising awareness, inspiring and actively engaging a large number of young people globally on advocacy and action based campaigns which will establish food insecurity as the number-one issue facing humanity today so that global leaders, elected officials, lawmakers and bureaucrats will acknowledge and take an instant action to combat food crisis. The young people from around the world, if work together, can establish the issue of food crisis as the most critical global issue/problem and draw the strong attention of world leaders.
While carrying out case study on other national and international initiatives on food security, some components like youth awareness, participation, partnership and empowerment for advocacy to ensure food security based policies are missing. No organizations have come up with a scheme to create awareness on youth to highlight the unacceptable levels of hunger in the world and facilitate their participation, partnership and empowerment for policy advocacy and action. To address this gap, GYFAL has been created by a team of young people interested on carrying out massive awareness and advocacy campaigns at local, national and international level to combat global food crisis. GYFAL will try to minimize the extent of food crisis by making national and global governments or leaders compelled to ensure food security for all with youth led policy advocacy and action.
GYFAL is a common forum that facilitates the global partnership,participation and action of young people at local, national and international level to address zero hunger, food and nutritional insecurity through country-wise representation and collective advocacy and action.
On 16th October 2014 (United Nations' World Food Day) , GYFAL has been founded and its inception has been announced.
GYFAL will be dedicated to generating awareness amongst youth at local, national and global level and mobilizing youth-led worldwide action for zero hunger. GYFAL will strengthen the voice and action of Youth Advocates against Hunger worldwide.
A world with availability of and access to adequate, safe and nutritious food for all the people globally.
To create a common global platform and network where young people, youth activists, youth leaders, and youth led organizations can come together, connect with each other, share knowledge, ideas, experiences, expertise, skills, resources and finally launch/strengthen a Global Youth Movement Against Hunger
GYFAL officially became a Zero Hunger Challenge participant: read
HERE the Zero Hunger Challenge
Declaration. As part of the Zero Hunger Challenge plan of
action, GYFAL organizes the Global Youth March against Hunger. Read here the extended 2015 plan of action.
Global Youth March against Hunger
16 October 2015 – Worldwide According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry every night. Although MDG 1 (Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger) made progress in the last 15 years, hunger and malnutrition rates in the world continue to grow and are accelerating. By 2050, there will be 9 billion people in the world and less farmland and resources than there’s ever been.
The supreme governing body of GYFAL is the Global Coordination Committee (GCC). The GCC determines policies, programs, campaigns and strategies etc. The GCC makes decisions on behalf of the GYFAL by: Facilitating global communication and networking, Developing common views and campaigns,, Encouraging joint action, Exchanging ideas, knowledge, information, skills and resources, Issuing statements on behalf of GYFAL. The GCC oversees the work of the campaign and activities. The GCC holds regular online meeting, interaction, online conference or teleconferences.
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE WELCOME TO BE INVOLVED AS
YOUTH ADVOCATE AGAINST HUNGER
(YOUNG ZERO HUNGER CHAMPION)
IN ORDER TO
- GLOBAL YOUTH MOVEMENT AGAINST HUNGER
(YOUTH4 Zero hunger MOVEMENT)
- TAKE ON CHALLENGE OF ENDING HUNGER
- JOIN THE MOVEMENT!
- MAKE A COMMITMENT!
- SPREAD THE WORD AGAINST HUNGER!
- TAKE ACTION FOR ENDING HUNGER!
- INSPIRE OTHERS FOR ENDING HUNGER!
- EMAIL US TO GET INVOLVED!
- FOLLOW US ON TWITTER (@GYFAL1)
The Global Youth Forum for Food, Agriculture and Land (GYFAL) participates in the Zero Hunger Challenge.
GYFAL has become an official participant in UN Secretary-General´s Zero Hunger
Challenge. This global call-to-action aims to build support around achieving food
security for all, stating that hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes.
As part of the Zero Hunger Challenge Plan of action, GYFAL organizes Global Youth March against Hunger.
FAO welcomes GYFAL
YOUTH MARCH AGAINST HUNGER
OCTOBER 16, WORLD FOOD DAY.
ANY ORGANIZATIONS WILLING TO ORGANIZE A GLOBAL YOUTH MARCH AGAINST HUNGER AT COMMUNITY-LEVEL AND
COUNTRY-LEVEL ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO CONTACT US THROUGH EMAILS:
GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT FOR ZERO HUNGER
2020 OCTOBER 16, WORLD FOOD DAY.
(Chief Communications and Partnerships Officer)
The Office of International Secretariat - P.O. Box 19483 Kathmandu, Nepal Email: secretariat@GYFAL.org www.GYFAL.org
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