Join us for the Eighth Annual Oatmeal Recipe Contest Awards Ceremony!

Following our eighth oats recipe contest for the Prairie Oat Growers Association’s (POGA) Mexican campaign Avena Canadiense, we are thrilled to host an online Virtual Ceremony to honour the winners. During this virtual ceremony, participants will have the opportunity to meet our winners, learn more about the health benefits of oats and discover this year's winning recipes!

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International AgriFood Film Competition for Creative Youth now Open

Are you creative, young and passionate about our agrifood systems? Do you have a story to tell, and a vision to share about the future of our food? If so, then you are in good company.

The World Food Forum Film Festival is back! 

If you are a young filmmaker looking for an opportunity to creatively influence and shape global action to transform our agrifood systems, then don’t miss out on this opportunity. The International Film Competition is open. This year’s special award is centred around the 2022 theme: Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.

The winners will be announced during the World Food Forum Flagship event taking place 17 – 21 October 2022 in Rome, Italy. 

Submit your film here before the deadline: Monday, 29 August 2022

Africa Day 2022: Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security

Every year on May 25, Africa Day is celebrated to commemorate the first union of African states. This day is usually marked with festivities, music, dancing, and food. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to celebrate the day in this manner. The COVID-19 pandemic left an estimated 800 million people facing hunger around the world and Africa was not spared. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 report revealed that about one-third of all undernourished people live in Africa. According to the Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard, which was introduced by the African Union and the Africa Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) in 2019, women and children who are the most vulnerable in society are suffering from nutrition-related challenges. Almost 60 million children under the age of five are stunted in Africa. Women's anemia is also prevalent in 38 countries, with prevalence rates exceeding 30%. Meanwhile, obesity, overweight, and noncommunicable diseases linked to poor diets are on the rise. These alarming statistics drove the African leaders to declare nutrition and food security on the continent as the topmost priority for 2022. 

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Reducing the Dairy Sector’s Environmental Footprint

Since 2001 when the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) initiated World Milk Day, June 1st has become a global day to highlight the importance of dairy. The goal of World Milk Day is to raise public awareness about the importance of milk for enjoyment, nutrition, livelihoods and sustainability. Dairy provides key nutrients for growth especially in children. It also provides 1 billion people with direct and indirect jobs. Moreover, the global dairy sector has joined forces to reduce the sector’s emissions. This year, we invite everyone to join us in supporting climate change action in the industry.

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Youth Taking Action - PSM 2022 Youth Forums

Youth are truly the future of food.  That’s why we are continually working to include youth in global discussions about the food system and encourage young people to look at agriculture and food as a long-term career. 

Certainly I have learned, youth must take a central and leading role in shaping fair and equitable food systems around the world. Often they are the ones who see past old lines drawn in the agriculture sector to bright new ways to do things.  So we are helping give young people a platform to share innovative solutions and highlights ways we can better engage youth in the food system.

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Harnessing Innovation to Save Lives on World Malaria Day

Every year on April 25, the world comes together to raise awareness of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that continues to have a devastating impact on the health and livelihoods of people around the world. Despite the considerable progress made in lowering the global malaria burden between 2000 and 2015, progress against the disease has stalled in recent years. 

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Sustaining Food Production and Trade in Crisis Situations

My heart goes out to all the people caught up in conflict and to people around the world facing uncertainty.

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has underscored the urgent need to place agricultural productivity and trade on the global agenda. Supply chain and logistical disruptions, restrictions on exports, and shortages in inputs supply pose a serious threat to food security. Already, international food prices are volatile, having reached an all-time high in February 2022 (FAO). The uncertainty of the intensity and duration of the conflict will worsen the situation further as the disruptions and restrictions persist and will affect the entire globe.

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Gender Equality in Agriculture for Sustainable Food Systems in a Changing Climate

Today is International Women’s Day when women worldwide are celebrated yet many women continue to face gender inequality especially in the agricultural sector. According to the FAO, 80% of the farmland in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia is managed by small-holder farmers and about 2.5 billion people in poor countries are employed within the agricultural sector. Most of these are women. Women make up 43% of the agricultural workforce in the Global South and an estimated 66% of livestock keepers yet many of them do not have land ownership right nor access to resources. This is a challenge which threatens global food security and the sustainability of food systems especially in rural areas where more people suffer from hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. 

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Celebrating Canadian Agriculture

Happy Canadian Ag Day! Today February 22, we celebrate Canadian agriculture. Indeed, food and those who make it is always worth celebrating! Here in Canada, we have an ancient love for farmers and the food they produce. After all, Canadian farmers play a key role in Canada’s food chain and economy. They provide employment to over a quarter of a million people and produce enough food to feed the whole country as well as others overseas.

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Business Supports Nature-based Solutions

The United Nations Environment Assembly gathers every two years to discuss issues related to climate change and environmental protection. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organizes the biannual event which designs policies and make recommendations to promote environmental sustainability. 

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