Building a better food system for V4’s youth – Invitation to the partnership

Gastronomy Society is opening a call for 3 partner organizations which will participate in realization of the one-year project called “Building a better food system for V4’s youth”.
We are dedicated to building a food system that is sustainable, equitable, regionally-focused and accessible. With this project we seek to build community partnerships, produce youth-centered policy documents, and encourage the development of sustainable food system infrastructure in V4 countries.

For all of us, it is an opportunity to reflect on whether all people in the world have the same conditions to provide food for their children and for themselves, and how we approach ourselves in what is considered to be our “normal day food”. Morning coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in the meantime something small and sweet. We rarely think of what we eat and even less of those who have not been lucky to be born in similar conditions. Let’s try to think about how it looks elsewhere. Here are ten facts you should know about hunger:

Project duration: 1st May 2018 – 30th April 2019
Eligible countries: Czech republic, Hungary, Poland

Target groups are: Young people, Youth Workers, NGOs working in the field of Food and Agriculture, Entrepreneurs in Food industry and Agriculture, Public Institutions representatives

The aim: Mobilize and engage youth to make change by building a just food system. We envision a V4 countries where youth are informed, empowered and mobilized.

The objectives of the project are to:
(1) Increase awareness of V4 food issues among the general population;
(2) Increase awareness and active involvement of civil society in food policy-making processes with emphasis on youth
(3) Create new approaches to existing regional public challenges in food industry and agriculture
(4) Create common advocacy strategies addressing regional issues in food industry and agriculture
(5) Provide training, resources, and networking opportunities to increase involvement in local food issues by community members and decision makers;
(6) Increase connections and build community between the public, V4 countries food businesses, NGOs, governmental entities and others, to support local economic development and innovative solutions and to improve ecosystem for business and social business development at the regional level

Main activities of the project:
1. Local and regional meetings in V4 countries with the aim to provide youth with an open space to network, learn from one another, and share food related information and experiences
2. Four national meetings with representatives of the regional, national organisations working in the field of food and agriculture
3. Visegrad Countries Food Policies Conference, 15th – 17th October 2018 (connection to the World Food Day – 16th October 2018)
4. Local trainings for young people based on the results of the meetings and conference where young people could get a chance to become an influencing voice in V4 food policy change

With this project we would like to apply for Visegrad grant (more information about the call here ). The deadline for call is 1st February 2018.

In case that you’re interested in the project partnership, please provide us with the necessary information in the form here. The deadline for sending the information is 26th January 2018.

In case of any questions, please contact: Michal Šľachta, michal@gasoc.sk, mobile phone +421 910 992 999

World Food Day 2017

FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

For all of us, it is an opportunity to reflect on whether all people in the world have the same conditions to provide food for their children and for themselves, and how we approach ourselves in what is considered to be our “normal day food”. Morning coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in the meantime something small and sweet. We rarely think of what we eat and even less of those who have not been lucky to be born in similar conditions. Let’s try to think about how it looks elsewhere. Here are ten facts you should know about hunger:

Fact 1: The world produces enough food to feed everyone, yet, about 800 million people suffer from hunger. That is one in nine people. 60% of them are women.

Fact 2: About 80% of the world’s extreme poor live in rural areas. Most of them depend on agriculture.

Fact 3: Hunger kills more people every year than malaria, tuberculosis and aids combined.

Fact 4: Around 45% of infant deaths are related to malnutrition.

Fact 5: The cost of malnutrition to the global economy is the equivalent of USD 3.5 trillion a year.

Fact 6: 1.9 billion people – more than a quarter of the world’s population – are overweight.

Fact 7: One third of the food produced worldwide is lost or wasted.

Fact 8: The world will need to produce 60 percent more food by 2050 to feed a growing population.

Fact 9: No other sector is more sensitive to climate change than agriculture.

Fact 10: FAO works mainly in rural areas, in 130 countries. They work with governments, civil society, the private sector and other partners to achieve #ZeroHunger.

Let’s try to think about how our world will look like in 20-30 years. Let’s be more responsible about eating and, above all, think about how much “edible waste” we produce each year. And how many people could survive thanks to our more responsible approach.

(Prepared according to information from FAO http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2017/about/en/)