Youth Leadership and Transforming our Food Systems

The global human population could reach 10 billion by 2050, if we want to ensure the availability of safe, nutritious, affordable and sustainably produced food we need to accelerate the transformation of our food systems.

In a recent article we explored urban food systems, discussing the development of urban farming in our rapidly growing cities, how it increases access to healthy and affordable produce and provides more security for low-income groups.

Last month Italy held the UN's Food Systems Pre-Summit, where they discussed the progress towards building more sustainable food systems that work, and the critical role they play in achieving the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).

Around the world and in Australia our food systems face many challenges. There is a growing need to reduce hunger and malnutrition, ensure fair wages for workers in agriculture and manage the increasing risks from climate change.


We need to build sustainable food systems that work for people, planet, and prosperity. Through accelerated action, we can help the world recover better from COVID-19, combat rising hunger and address the climate crisis,”

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

In September New York will hold the Food Systems Summit 2021, where they aim to launch significant actions towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Through identifying solutions, they will ask leaders, at all levels of the food systems, to act, including national and local governments, companies, and citizens.

But we must also acknowledge the importance of young leaders in this call for action, as their engagement is central to sustainable global food production. This year's pre-summit not only recorded a significant rise in the number of its youth attendees, but the youth were seen demonstrating strong leadership and voicing powerful messages. Today most of our food systems prioritise efficiency, we need to focus on making them more resilient and to achieve this we must continue to encourage youth engagement, education, and innovation.

This is honestly the first Summit I have seen youth leadership at the heart of the Summit itself, in decision-making positions, and I’m really really hoping this can serve as a role model for future UN Summits.

Marie-Claire Graf, youth leader from Switzerland

Stakeholders are beginning to recognise the importance of improving food systems through actions that deliver multiple benefits. It is not enough to simply produce larger amounts of food more sustainably.

We can help you to understand the food supply chain, address the risks and build more sustainable food systems that reduce human rights abuses and poverty; promote social inclusion and boost health care; biodiversity conservation; and climate change mitigation.

Get in touch for a chat, we enjoy contemplating new challenges and opportunities, and are always happy to share ideas. Together we will find a better way.

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • YouTube


We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures and to their elders past, present and emerging. 

"Women digging for bush potato" Artwork by Beverly Egan, Murchison River, WA. © 2022 by Perspektiv Australia Pty Ltd. 

Want to chat?
Give us a call on: +61 (0) 861 484 240,  or
email us at:

Curious about Finding a Better Way? 

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates and our latest news...