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my food 30 - the results


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my food 30 - the results



 

MyFood30 was designed to find out what support young people need to make a contribution to the agri-food system related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG2, 12 and 15).

From 10 August until 29 September MyFood30 partner organisations helped to share a short survey with as many young agri-food experts as possible. A Talent Workshop in Bern and a Side Event at CFS 42 in Rome then brought young people and decision makers together to discuss the results and consider solutions.

Click here to find out more about the project or the ways you can contribute.

Scroll down to view the results.

 

 
 
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THE MYFOOD30 SURVEY RESPONDENTS

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436 respondents in total

58 countries represented

248 people aged 15 - 30

 
 
 
 

AWARENESS OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS)

 

2 in 5 young respondents (those aged 15 - 30) hadn’t heard of the SDGs before completing the survey.

You haven't either? Check this out.

 
 
 

PRIORITIZED TARGETS

Each food sector relevant Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) has a number of targets.
Survey respondents were asked to select the one they thought was most important.

You can click on the description of each SDG to find out more about it.

 

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

 

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

 

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

 
 
 

MY CONTRIBUTION


We asked survey respondents if they felt they could contribute to making the SDGs happen.
93% of young respondents felt they could definitely contribute or contribute to some extent.

 
 
 

TYPES OF CONTRIBUTION

48% of young respondents felt they didn't face any barriers to making a contribution.
Here are some of the ways in which they felt they were contributing.

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BARRIERS

But some survey respondents felt that there were also things that stopped them from maximizing their contribution to delivering the SDGs.
1 in 4 young respondents felt that their voices were not heard by decision makers.

 
 
 
 
 

SATISFACTION WITH THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

 

Respondents were asked whether they felt that their national education system met their needs. Young respondents were broadly satisfied - but still identified room for improvement!

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1 = It doesn’t meet my needs      6 = It fully meets my needs

 
 
 
 

missing topics and skills

Respondents were asked which topics or skills they felt were missing in their education. Many of the areas identified dealt with helping young people make the transition from education to employment.

 

34%

Practical skills

27%

Work experience

26%

Entrepreneurial skills

26%

Hollistic teaching of the food system

12%

Career development

12%

Basic Knowledge

9%

Research

 
 
 

LEARNING METHODS


Respondents were asked how they wanted to learn these missing topics and skills.

68% of young respondents wanted to learn through practical and applied projects.

Nearly 1 in 2 wanted to develop their knowledge through interaction with sector experts.

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Challenges


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Challenges



Based on the findings of the MyFood30 survey, 5 key challenges for young people looking to contribute to the development of more sustainable food systems were identified.

These were discussed by young people and decision makers a national Talent Workshop in Bern and Side Event at CFS 42 in Rome.


 
 

 

Challenge 1

Understanding the political and    economic context

 

 


Young people sometimes struggle to see how the whole food system fits together and how they can act within it to maximize their impact. 

 
 

 

Challenge 2

Facilitating exchange between young people and decision makers

 


Young people feel their voices aren’t heard by decision makers and their opinions aren’t taken on board as part of the policy making process. 

 
 

 

Challenge 3

Tackling practical barriers

 


Young people often face practical barriers to taking forward their ideas, such as a lack of access to funding or land.

 
 

 

Challenge 4

Addressing missing skills and knowledge

 


Young people felt they lacked practical skills, such as those needed to develop a project, manage a team or start a business. 

 
 

 

Challenge 5

Identifying new ways of gaining work experience

 


Young people want to develop their theoretical knowledge through work experience, applied projects and discussions with sector experts. 

 
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Over to you


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Over to you


 

Many young people have already pledged to take action to help us get closer to achieving the SDGs. Take a look at the gallery below to see what some of them plan to do.

 
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What can I do?


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What can I do?


 

1. Share this report

Help us spread the word about the SDGs and the role that young people can play in making them happen! (#myfood30)

 
 

 

2. Make a pledge

Tell us what you plan to do to make a difference.

Your message will be shared through the MyFood30 Twitter account.

 
 
 

 
 

 

3. Get inspired!

Click here to find out more about the little things you can do everyday to get closer to the SDGs!