While we currently produce enough food to feed every man, woman, and child in the world, there are nearly 700 million people who are hungry, a number which is growing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. An increase in threats like pests, plagues, conflict, and climate change are compounding this global food crisis.

To mobilize action and identify solutions to address these threats, we are launching the World Food Forum (WFF) – a youth-led movement and network to transform our food systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular “zero hunger”. UNIDO, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will be actively involved in conversations on how to to drive awareness, foster engagement and advocacy, and mobilize resources in support of agri-food systems transformation, among others, through youth-led action.

  • 22 September 2021 - Masterclass on Success Mindset
  • 4 October 2021 - Masterclass by H2O Maghreb
  • 5 October 2021 - Side-event on Opportunities for Youth in Africa (OYA)
  • Masterclass

    When: 22 September 2021 at 14:00 - 15:15 PM CET

    Where: Online; please register here

    (Co-) Organizers: UNIDO, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and HP Foundation

    General information:

    This masterclass led by UNIDO will feature Mashrou3i - a joint project by UNIDO, USAID, AICS and the HP Foundation designed to foster youth entrepreneurship in Tunisia. The episode will start by introducing Hayfa’s smart farm and the business training she received from the Mashrou3i project. This will be followed by a live interactive training on the “success mindset” from an HP LIFE trainer.


  • H2O Maghreb

    When: 4 October 2021 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM CET

    Where: Online; please register here.

    (Co-) Organizers: UNIDO, H2O MAGHREB

    Background information:

    H2O Maghreb is a Public Private Development Partnership (PPDP) initiative implemented by UNIDO and supported by the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, FESTO Didactic SE, EON Reality, the Moroccan National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the objective to improve water management practices in Morocco.

    Many countries around the world are dealing with challenging water scarcity issues, which are being exacerbated by climate change. In Morocco, the combination of scarce resources and increasing water demand has made water a national security issue. As a response, the H2O Maghreb project has been improving the skills and employability of young Moroccans by providing them with a market-driven training program using cutting-edge technologies. As 75% of the youth graduating from the H2O Maghreb training programme are female, the project contributes towards gender equity in Morocco’s water sector.

    Event objectives:

    The session’s overall objective is to share knowledge about the design and delivery of innovative training programs to address youth employability and water challenges on the African continent through inter alia technical and soft skills development, private sector engagement, technology transfer and digitalisation. The session will highlight the project scope and main results to date and will feature female water specialists who have benefitted from the H2O Maghreb project assistance and have successfully contributed to the emergence of a new generation of water technicians in Morocco.

    Confirmed speakers:

    • Virpi Stucki, Chief, Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Human Security Division, UNIDO
    • Saida Lagrani, Trainer, National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), Morocco
    • Yassmine Khatib, H2O Maghreb training graduate and water specialist, REDAL
    • Maximilien Pierotti, Programme Coordinator, UNIDO
    • Flora Endl, Outreach Associate, UNIDO


    Theme: Innovative local transformation and value addition of production through digitalization

    When: 5 October 2021 at 13:00 - 14:30 PM CET

    Where: Online; please register here.

    (Co-) Organizers: UNIDO, FAO

    Background information:

    The “Opportunities for Youth in Africa” (OYA) programme was developed jointly by UNIDO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in response to a dedicated call for accelerating efforts in the area of job creation for African youth, especially through agribusiness and entrepreneurship development. By joining forces, FAO and UNIDO will leverage on their comparative advantages, technical expertise and best practices in the areas of decent employment creation and entrepreneurship, as well as agriculture and agribusiness value chain development

    The programme proposes an integrated approach for the creation of quality on- and off- farm employment and self-employment opportunities for African youth in agriculture and agribusiness. It highlights the central role of agriculture for Africa’s development, while emphasizing the need for continuous empowerment of African youth to be the engine of this growth. The multi-level approach (continental, sub-regional, national) reflects the need for a concerted effort between public institutions and the private sector on capacity development, access to resources, improved coordination and linkages, and knowledge generation and dissemination. Based on specific criteria, the programme carefully selected six pilot countries: Cabo Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Kenya, Tunisia and Zambia.

    Expected outcomes:

    The workshop is expected to result in a call to increase the resilience of the economy and enhance innovation and digitalizing through on- and off-farm job creation and retention for young women and men in Africa.

    The panelists will point to the need to engage both the public and private sectors to provide young women and men with opportunities for capacity development and access to resources so that they may lead the transformation of the agricultural sector in the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

    The workshop will also highlight the need for any intervention to simultaneously deliver at micro, meso and macro level, including youth participation to guarantee the ownership and sustainability of the impact.