On November 10th, the UN International Youth Day will take place during COP27 in Egypt. To celebrate the role of youth as part of the solution to the climate crisis IFAD and Slow Food Youth Network are joining forces in a quiz show like no other. The event will provide a multi-sensory, immersive experience connecting the audience at COP27 with the lives and ambitions of youth innovators, leaders and activists. The game show will question the audience on how they would take charge towards ensuring a “Just Transition” in greening economies while strengthening social justice.
Climate change ranks amongst the most important drivers shaping the livelihoods and the future of work for youth. Young people are not only victims of the climate crisis, they are also valuable contributors to climate action. They are agents of change, entrepreneurs and innovators. Whether through education, science of technology, young people are scaling up their efforts and using their skills to accelerate climate action. The Just Transition Declaration signed at COP26 recognized the need to ensure that no one is left behind in the transition to net zero. Putting rural youth at the heart of multilateral discussions on climate change and adaptation strategies is key to a successful COP27.
A sound installation will create an immersive space for the audience to discover the voices behind our food system.
Join us November 10th at 4:00pm (EEST/local time)
at the IFAD pavilion in COP27.
Here you’ll have the opportunity to literally get in touch and discover youth voices from all over theworld, in a way you wouldn’t have expected possible.In our gameshow you’ll get to meet Raúl Mondragón Segura from Mexico, Ajibike Oluwafunmilayo Olawale from Nigeria, Hubert Tchuigoua from Cameroon and indigenous representative Zeinorin Angkang from India and hear them out on their personal stories. The game show will be moderated by Okeola Olajumoke Rachael from Nigeria
Ajibike Olawale is the co-founder and chief operating officer of JR Farms Nigeria Limited; an agribusiness company that is determined to transform agriculture in Africa by undertaking opportunities to engender sustainable food production and increased income for African farmers- with projects in Nigeria, Rwanda and Zambia; and notable working relationship and partnerships with global organisations such as Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Labour Organization among others. She holds a B.Sc. in Management Information System from Covenant University; and executive certificates in Entrepreneurship Essentials from Harvard Business School Online and Personal Effectiveness and time management from Lagos Business School respectively. In 2017, she was recognized as the Young Entrepreneur of the week by Africa Development Bank (AFDB) Food Cuisine. She is passionate about service excellence, food systems in Africa, reducing food loss and waste, and tackling youth/women unemployment through agriculture. Her hobbies include reading, baking, and gardening.
Raúl Mondragón Segura is 33 years old, He was born and lives in Mexico City. He has a background in Business Administration and holds a master’s degree in agroecology and regenerative food systems. He is currently studying a specialisation in food sovereignty in a Conacyt program. He seeks socio-environmental justice for Mexico from agroecology and peasant organisations. He is the founder of the organisation Colectivo Ahuejote, which aspires to reactivate and promote the agriculture of the Chinampas in Mexico city. This is an ancestral traditional form of agriculture which risks to disappear but yet has the potential of feeding the City. His goal is to guarantee healthy, good and fair food for the population of Mexico City.
Hubert Stephy Tchuigoua is 28 years old. He is Cameroonian and was born in Njombé. He grew up with his mother and grandmother in a Village named Santchou where he participated in the familial and local farming activities from a young age. He successfully
obtained his primary and secondary school certificates in the Government public primary and bilingual secondary schools of Santchou. During these years, he had to work part time as a season farm help, where he got knowledge of agriculture and the terrible problems
encountered by rural communities.Hubert co-founded Family Green Corporation in 2016.
FGC aims to create a world where everyone, regardless of their social and economic situation, has access to energy and livelihood services. Hubert and his team worked on projects like 2FCe (2017), dedicated to waste transformation into Charcoal, and Ecojogging (2018), related to sport and sanitation.Family Green Corporation has been funded by the UNDP GEF Small Grants Program, to help communities facing environmental and
Zeinorin Angkang is the founder of Hill Wild, an organisation that works with indigenous farmers of North East India to eradicate poverty by elevating income of farmers through entrepreneurship.Hill Wild is committed to champion the cause of Indigenous people and
amplify their voices through their tested proven model. They offer a complete solution-based model starting from seed provision through their seed bank, financial assistance through, pest intervention, marketing & packaging support for farmers. Their entrepreneurship solutions have lifted people out from poverty giving them respect, dignity and improved lives while solving food problems. The farmers farm premium spices, fruits, nuts, seeds as well as process and pack confectionaries, dried fruits which are sold through various channels. Zeinorin believes in leadership through compassion. She dreams to spread indigenous flavour to the world, elevate livelihood and share their stories with a mission to ensure food security among indigenous communities, engage with farming to generate better income, protect indigenous seeds and amplify voices. Zeinorin is also a Kofi Annan Changemaker 2021 and Vital Voices visionary fellow 2022.
Okeola Olajumoke Racheal is a food scientist and founder of Mias Traditional food and spices, a tea company that processes indigenous spices, fruits, and herbs into healthy drinks and tea. She is also an agricultural science teacher in a community high school where she
coordinates school garden projects and training among students. She firmly believes in effecting change from the grassroots by developing agricultural interest among teenagers through practical and exciting activities in and out of schools. As the team leader for the
Slow Food Youth Network in Nigeria, she oversees different community projects and training organised by the movement in different communities. These programs include anti-food
waste campaigns, such as World Disco Soup Day, the ‘grow your own food’ initiative, and several training and workshops on food processing. Olajumoke loves gardening and has
actively helped several people(including kids) start-up gardens in their homes through different space-saving methods.
Find here the podcast (in English), as well as the transcripts of the full interviews in English, Spanish, Arabic & French.
At the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) we invest in rural people, empowering them to increase their food security, improve the nutrition of their families and increase their incomes. We help them build resilience, expand their businesses and take charge of their own development. IFAD is an international financial institution and specialised United Nations agency based in Rome, the UN’s food and agriculture hub. Since 1978, we have provided US$23.2 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached an estimated 518 million people.
Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) is the movement for the next generation of leaders who seek to live in a world where food is truly good, clean and fair for all. Our work covers a variety of topics, including issues like food waste, climate change, policy, and social injustice. We address each issue with concrete ideas to do better by each other and our Earth. Whether it be in an educational setting, a festival, protest, or potluck, we find ways to learn from each other and to celebrate food that promotes dignified labour and sustainable production, and honour its cultural significance. We invite you to join us in this fight, as we build future food leaders and create a food system based on justice and joy.
A multi-sensory game show @ COP27 - EGYPT2022