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UN Food Systems Youth Leadership Program 2024 for Early Career Professionals



UN Food Systems Youth Leadership Program


  • Through a rigorous selection process, this program is designed for early-career professionals across various disciplines who aspire to spearhead solutions in food systems, focusing on three regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.
  • Whether you are currently involved in food systems activities as a researcher, civil society member, or in other capacities, this program is tailored to your aspirations.
  • Desired proficiency in English is preferred, and interpretation services will be arranged based on individual needs and availability.
  • Eligibility criteria include being between 18-35 years old (not exceeding 35 by December 2023) and being a national of a low or middle-income country according to the World Bank classification.


Participants selected for this program will have the opportunity to join a 5-day, in-person leadership-building workshop. During this workshop, you will:

Learn: Engage in a co-creative workshop spanning five days, fostering collaboration between data, knowledge, and implementation. Explore modules covering negotiations, policy advocacy, strategic communication, and evidence-based decision-making.

Get Inspired: Immerse yourself in presentations by seasoned practitioners, scientists, young global food champions, and influencers who are shaping the future of food systems.

Act: Collaborate to form a community of practice, refine your leadership skills, and cultivate transformative initiatives aimed at enhancing food systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Program Content:

Enhance your expertise in:

  • Governance Systems: Delve into the intricacies of negotiating and designing multi-stakeholder processes essential for effective food systems governance.
  • Policy Advocacy: Acquire mastery in leadership skills for policy advocacy, acquiring the ability to bridge the gap from the global to the local and vice versa. Learn effective strategies for targeting policy processes at local, regional, and global levels.
  • Communication and Storytelling for Impact: Develop expertise in crafting impactful communication and storytelling strategies, designed to raise awareness and secure funds for your initiatives.
  • Science and Evidence-Based Decision-Making: Hone the skills needed for building proposals and establishing partnerships grounded in scientific evidence.

Time Commitment:

Upon selection, awardees must commit to an entire week (Monday to Friday) for the in-person seminar and travel. Subsequently, participants are encouraged to initiate and coordinate activities aligned with the event’s learning outcomes. Active engagement in the regional network is expected, promoting collaboration and contributing to implementing national pathways on food systems.

Funding Opportunities:

For sponsored candidates, priority will be given to supporting at least one candidate per country, with full coverage of travel, accommodations, and meals during the training. Self-funded participants are responsible for their travel, accommodation, and additional expenses, with no workshop participation fee.


All participants, sponsored or self-funded, will receive an invitation letter and, if needed, a visa support letter. Upon completing the workshop, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.


  • Until January 15, 2024: Submit your application.
  • End of January: Scholarship recipients are notified.
  • First week of February: Participants respond to the invitation letter.
  • End of February: Participants receive program information, workshop agenda, etc.


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