FOOD!! ARE THE YOUTH RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS SECURITY?

It’s BLOG ACTION DAY once again and this year’s theme is FOOD. Sharing my thoughts with you all

Since
late August 2011, I have been travelling from one country to another attending
a number of conference. I just realised that in one way or another, the issue
of FOOD featured so much in all the three conferences.

While some people in some parts of the
world are fighting obesity, others in another part of the world are starving to
death because they have no access to food.
The
first of these series of conferences I went for was the One Young World summit2011 that took place in Zurich Switzerland from 1st to 4th
September. With a scholarship from MTN, I was amazed at the number of young people
who had convened to talk about issues that are currently affecting the world.
One of them was HEALTH.  The keynote
speaker for the health panel was TED prize winner Jamie Oliver of FoodRevolution
who spoke about global Obesity.
Some
of my tweets during the session on health and food with the hash tag (#fixhealth) were: 

·        
“You and I need to
educate each other about the food that we eat”
·        
“We need to act
against wasting food”
·        
“We need to
respect the fact that we have food and other don`t”
·        
“We all have
passion for food, Yes, but do we have respect for farmers”
·        
“We need to change
our lifestyle and change our eating habits too”
·       “As we fight hunger
and starvation in Africa, we should also sort out the issue of obesity in   the
US and Europe”.
·        
“Food is a basic
need and a human right”
·        
“The general
children are borne in a junk food culture”
·        
“Food Security is
not necessarily about improving production but increasing access to food”.

 

The Second was the Food, Agriculture and Natural
Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Annual High Level Regional Food
Security Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue 2011 which was held from 19th to
23rd September 2011 in Mbabane (Swaziland). The theme of this year’s
annual regional dialogue was “Advocating
for the active engagement of the youth in the agriculture value chain
“.
 Top on the agenda was the issue of how
youth can be engaged in achieving food security on the African continent. From
the discussions, it was evident that few youth engage in Agriculture and yet
the continent`s largest population is that of the young people.  Her Majesty, Queen Mother Ntombi, Indlovukazi of Swaziland
received the food security policy leadership award for her role in great role
in Agricultural initiatives in Swaziland including one on the Marula fruit
seed. Read more http://nawsheenh.blogspot.com/2011/09/fanrpan-annual-high-level-regional-food.html
The question that remained on everyone`s mind was how we can make agriculture `Sexy`
and profitable to the youth.

The
final conference was the second Global Knowledge share Fair http://www.sharefair.net/share-fair-11-rome/about-the-fair/en/
As
the world mourned world icons like Nobel prize winner Wangari and  Apple`s Steve Jobs how many thought of the
thousand dying of starvation just 
because they cannot afford a meal?
And
who thinks that youth have a great role to play for the world and most
especially Africa to achieve food security?