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The 2023 flagship event of the World Food Forum (WFF) will take place from 16 to 20 October at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. 

Convened under the overall theme “Agrifood systems transformation accelerates climate action”, the event comprises the WFF Global Youth Forum, the FAO Science and Innovation Forum and the FAO Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum. 

It aims to facilitate dialogues and debates among a wide range of stakeholders, including young individuals, Farmers, Indigenous Peoples, policymakers, agri-investors, and scientists from all around the world. The goal is to forge new paths of action, impact and acceleration on the local, regional and global levels to expedite agrifood systems transformation and climate action. 

A delegation of the World Farmers’ Organisation, including youth representatives, will join the WFF 2023 flagship event and get involved in several panels and roundtables, bringing the global farmers’ voice into the debate. 

Here is an overview of the sessions in which we will be involved. 

World Food Forum Grand Opening 

16 October 2023 (14:00-17:00) 

Marking the beginning of the WFF 2023 flagship event, the Grand Opening will feature the participation of Ms Josiane Irakarama, a WFO Gymnasium Alumna from INGABO Syndicate.

Webcast available at http://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/6279/icode/ 

Next Climate Solutions Superstars! 

17 October 2023 (18:15-19:15) 

Climate action options will be presented in this fast-paced Pecha Kucha competition. A jury will provide reality checks, and the audience will submit their votes on the winning idea. Senior guest speakers will also deliver inspiring keynotes to provide an action-oriented framework that answers the key questions: “What innovations promise the most potential?” and “What are farmers already implementing, and where do they need more collaboration from others?”. Co-organised by WFO, the session will see the participation of the WFO Treasurer, Ms Kati Partanen, Europe representative on the WFO Board of Directors, and Ms Josiane Irakarama. 

Innovative Solutions to address and assess loss and damage in agrifood systems

19 October 2023 (13:00-14:00) 

As part of the FAO Science and Innovation Forum, this session will highlight the latest advances in climate science on loss and damage assessment and existing knowledge on farmers’ exposure and vulnerability that can inform climate change policies. Panels will illustrate methodologies and tools for quantifying loss and damage in agrifood sectors, innovative solutions for addressing climate impacts and how combined science and policy communities can support evidence-based decision making and link to concrete actions and international processes. The WFO President, Mr Arnold Puech d’Alissac, will represent the global farmers’ community. 

Youth Assembly: Young Farmers Roundtable

20 October 2023 (08:30-10:00) 

Organised in the framework of the UN Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028), this session is designed to discuss the policy priorities around agrifood systems through the lens of young farmers and strategise how to keep farmers at the heart of the policy conversations when it comes to agrifood issues.  

 Ms Josiane Irakarama and Ms Silvia Caprara, a young farmer from Giovani di Confagricoltura – ANGA, who is attending the curent edition of the WFO Gymnasium program, will represent the World Farmers’ Organisation in the discussion. 

You can register your participation at the WFF 2023 Flagship Event through the following link

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