Independent National Dialogue on Youth Engagement in Sri Lanka's Food Systems - Findings from the National and Provincial Level

21st September 2021 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Independent National Dialogue on Youth Engagement in Sri Lanka's Food Systems - Findings from the National and Provincial Level

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21st September 2021 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Introduction

Food systems form complex webs of food production, supply, and value chain activities that play an integral part for food security and livelihoods of people across the globe. In this, youth are a key stakeholder group who rely upon the sustainability and stability of food systems for their health, wellbeing, nutrition, development, and livelihoods while also having the potential to engage and facilitate food system transformation. Youth equally have the power to change consumption and production patterns in a positive or negative direction. Therefore, youth engagement to find a way forward to build resilient food systems is paramount to ensure the health and well-being of the planet and of generations to come.

SLYCAN Trust has organized a series of youth-focused independent national and provincial dialogues as part of the United Nations Food Systems Summit process in parallel to the member state dialogues conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture. The event series targeted youth between 18-35 years from all nine provinces, aiming to bring forth their ideas in line with the Summit’s five action tracks and collect their input on the role of youth in sustainable and resilient food systems.

Guided by five Action Tracks and four “levers of change,” the United Nations Food Systems Summit is aimed at transforming the way the world produces and consumes food as a part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The five action tracks include: ensuring access to safe and nutritious food for all; shifting to sustainable consumption patterns; boosting nature-positive production; advancing equitable livelihoods; and building resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks, and stresses.


This event is organized with the aim of launching the integrated report which shares the information gathered through the series of youth dialogues as well as highlighting key aspects and findings related to youth engagement in climate action, food systems, and resilience-building. It targets an audience of key government entities and officials, other organizations working on food systems and youth in the country, universities and research institutions, the private sector, and other relevant stakeholders in the Sri Lankan food systems space.


Objectives

  • Launching the integrated report of inputs received during the series of national and provincial youth dialogues and presenting key findings regarding the perspectives and engagement of youth in climate action and resilient food systems.
  • Increasing awareness of the importance of youth engagement for climate action and resilient food systems and identifying further avenues and entry points for enhanced youth engagement.
  • Contributing to processes to enhance food systems, in particular those around the UN Food Systems Summit, the SDGs, and on the national level, by identifying challenges and scalable solutions in the Sri Lankan context.

Speakers

Ms Vositha Wijenayake

Executive Director
SLYCAN Trust

Dr Gamini Samarasinghe

Additional Secretary (Technology)
Ministry of Agriculture

Mr Vimlendra Sharan

FAO Representative for Sri Lanka & Maldives
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Ms Dakshini Perera

Assistant Director
Climate Change Secretariat, Ministry of Environment

Dr Dharmassree Wijeratne

Assistant FAO Representative (Programme)

Ms Sajani Ranasinghe

Legal and Research officer
SLYCAN Trust

Ms Chalani Marasinghe

Assistant Manager: Research and Programmes
SLYCAN Trust

Moderators & Facilitators

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Agenda


Opening Session


Welcome and Introduction


10.00 am - 10.25 am IST

Ms Vositha Wijenayake 

Executive Director

SLYCAN Trust


Opening Remarks


Dr Gamini Samarasinghe, 

Additional Secretary (Technology)

Ministry of Agriculture


Speech by


Mr Vimlendra Sharan 

FAO Representative for Sri Lanka & Maldives

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Session 2: Panel Discussion 



10.25 am – 11.10 am IST

Panelists


Ms Dakshini Perera

Assistant Director

Climate Change Secretariat

Ministry of Environment


Dr Dharmassree Wijeratne

Assistant FAO Representative (Programme)


Q & A Session

Session 3: Report Presentation



11.10 am - 12.20 pm IST

Introduction


Ms Sajani Ranasinghe

Legal and Research Officer

SLYCAN Trust


Ms Chalani Marasinghe

Assistant Manager: Programme and Research

SLYCAN Trust


Open Discussion 



12.20 pm - 12.30 pm IST

Closing Remarks



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