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Creating opportunities for students near and far with the World Food Forum

In October this year, Education Partnerships is attending the international youth-led movement – the World Food Forum. This year, the theme is AGRIFOOD SYSTEMS TRANSFORMATION ACCELERATES CLIMATE ACTION.

The World Food Forum is an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). It is a dynamic global platform that transcends boundaries, generations and sectors to transform the future of our agrifood systems. On 16–20 October 2023, both at the Headquarters of the FOA in Rome, Italy, and on the interactive virtual platform, the 2023 event will bring together world experts, impassioned changemakers and visionary leaders of all ages to unpack the theme.

Education Partnerships will actively participate in the 2023 forum through workshops for students and educators. “We are super excited about working with the World Food Forum team to create unique ‘money can’t buy’ experiences for students and educators internationally.”, says Heather MacDonald, Founding Director of Education Partnerships. “It is critical that if we are going to transform how we feed the world in the future, youth ‘voices’ must be heard. They think differently, access information differently and have valuable, insightful and innovative ideas if given the chance to speak and be heard.”

In 2022, Education Partnerships presented student work from PNG and Australian Students at the Global Education Fair. Their work was profiled in the end-of-year WFF report.

We look forward to reporting on developments leading up to the World Food Forum and reporting on the outcomes and opportunities for Australia and Asia Pacific regions.

Development for a Better Future – WIN $1000 for your School with The Crawford Fund!

Sustainable Living

Attention Year 9 and 10 Educators and Students

WIN $1000 for your school!

We are so excited about The Crawford Funds’ updated high school teaching materials to support Educators and Students to create a better future. What better way to celebrate than with a competition!

After reading about our comp below, register for the materials so you can enter!

As part of our ACIAR-supported NextGen project to encourage the next generation into studies and careers to improve food and nutrition security, the Crawford Fund is offering a $1000 prize to the school of a student or student team that wins our ‘Development for a Better Future’ Competition.

We want tomorrow’s scientists, researchers, communicators, AI and big data specialists, nutritionists, geographers, engineers, designers, social scientists, problem solvers and creative thinkers to let their imaginations run wild and help us with their ‘development for a better future’ ideas.

We look forward to students’ solutions to some of the most vexing challenges to food and nutrition security. We hope to get lots of entries of videos produced as part of using our materials or a video about their work and learnings from the materials.

Each entry will be individually judged by a panel based on its message, the evident understanding of the issue being addressed and the appropriateness of the suggested solution.

The Crawford Fund will then publicise video submissions on our website and social media platforms and share them with some of our partners to highlight the work of students and schools and their suggested solutions.

Entries must relate to a student’s class use of one of the seven modules in our “Development for a Better Future” series. While the teaching materials provide an opportunity for students to develop videos, blogs, essays, PowerPoints, ‘how to’ guides, field reports and social media campaigns, competition entries will be a short video.

The videos can be produced by an individual student or a class team and must be submitted by their educator. The students must attend a school in Australia or be home-schooled in Australia.

You can read more on our new updated Secondary School modules here or register to download the materials here. The competition closes on Friday, 22 September 2023.

Further information on competition details and how to submit your video are here.

The module topics ask students to:

  1. Outline how Australia could support farmers in the Asia Pacific Region to address climate change challenges. (Climate Change module 1)
  2. Develop a training program to build capacity in the Asia Pacific region around a climate-smart technology (Climate-Smart Technologies module 2)
  3. Raise awareness of the challenges and possible solutions to how Covid-19 impacts food and nutrition security (Covid-19 and Food Security module 3)
  4. Showcase an innovative solution to enhance food production in our region (Australia – A Powerhouse of Agriculture Research module 4)
  5. Review strategies to address the gender dimension impacting agriculture in Australia and developing countries (Gender in Agriculture module 5)
  6. Inform an audience on the value of Genebanks and crop diversity in the future of food and nutrition security (Genebanks – Saving more than Seeds module 6)
  7. Develop an awareness-raising campaign on the challenges and opportunities of Food Loss and Waste for the UN International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction- (Food Loss and Waste module 7)

Have a go – we can’t wait to see what students produce as part of their efforts on “Development for a Better Future”.