Lesson 1: Introduction

According to United Nations projections, the world population will increase by about 2.5 billion people by 2050, and most of this increase will occur in developing countries. Much of this growth will involve young people, who are projected to account for half of the population by 2050.

These demographic changes will make young people extremely vulnerable to food insecurity. Vulnerability is further exacerbated by problems with rising food prices and crop losses due to climate change. At the same time, young people play a key role in addressing the food security challenge.

This places youth at the center of food security and nutrition.

Young professionals have fresh ideas, a strong understanding of emerging trends, and are ready to experiment with new approaches to working with food safety and nutrition.

The underlying responsibility of young people to work collectively to achieve a safe and well-nourished world must be accompanied by addressing the challenges that young people face. The vision of youth and youth-led initiatives that combine advances in technologies for increased production with increased awareness of nutritional practices is a fundamental requirement.

If young people are provided with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and abilities, they have the power to transform the fate of food security and nutrition for the better.