While the food professionals were talking about circular food chains on World Food Day in the Mauritskazerne, over 200 young people were working on their own approach to food waste at the Smaakpark. This Youth World Food Day was therefore a worthy end to the Dutch Food Week.
The DIY festival started with a lunch prepared with vegetables that were nominated to be thrown away. The alderman of Ede, Leon Meijer had come along for the occasion and encouraged all those present to do the most. Do a lot and talk less.
There were conversations with live connections abroad and the young people could go through SharedStudios talk directly to young people in Nigeria and Gaza.
The Wageningen Youth Institute organized the 'Fruit for all' workshop that provides insight into the complex issues surrounding food security. Important questions that we must answer if we all want to have enough food in 2050. With a Kahoot Quiz everyone could test their knowledge.
During the festival, groups of young people presented their ideas to combat food waste.
Today, on World Food Day, the Dutch Food Week was concluded at the World Food Center in Ede with a full-day program for food professionals, built around the theme of circular food production.
The full room had to wait a moment for the opening words from Minister Carola Schouten. Her delay, caused by the farmers' protest, unwittingly illustrated that the food production system still faces major challenges in the Netherlands. Challenges that require transitions, changes that are by definition not easy. “But we just have to go to other ways of production, to circular food systems. Just as well in the Netherlands as in other parts of the world. The Netherlands can and must play an important role in this. "
Wiebe Draijer from Rabobank also sought the key in maximum cooperation throughout the entire chain. From producer to consumer, and from scientist to government and NGO. “Farmers can lead this transition, but the entire chain plays a role in this. Our current food system no longer works, that is clear. "
The morning ended with the launch of two Dutch initiatives aimed at helping the world out of hunger: the Netherlands Food Partnership and SEEDNL.
In the afternoon various workshops took place to further specify what it means to switch to circular food systems.
Parallel to this, some 200 young people from several countries worked on their own solutions a little further on at the WFC Youth World Food Day.
Another, and very concrete, interpretation of international cooperation and information sharing was facilitated in the 'golden container' of the Shared Studios project. Here, in a small space via a life-sized video conference, ideas could be exchanged with food professionals and farmers in Rwanda and Nairobi. Direct international cooperation with optimum use of technology.
The closing of the Dutch Food Week also marked the last day of the stimulating photo exhibition 'What we eat', which determined the image at the WFC during the past 11 days.
Artists, scientists, administrators, local residents and food entrepreneurs from all over the world, who talk, laugh, work and innovate in a personal and compact setting. The Shared Studio Portal - a large converted sea container - its doors on the grounds of the World Food Center in Ede.
“The Shared Studio Portal in Ede is one of a total of 50 containers that spread throughout the world (from Mexico, Pakistan, Rwanda and Kenya to New York, Berlin and ... Ede-Wageningen) allow intimate encounters between people of all kinds Ron van der Sterren, as curator responsible for the content planning and implementation of the container at the WFC.
“With this mobile 'manufacturing site' that travels through Ede and Wageningen and moreover establishes a connection with the whole world, we want to increase the visibility of culture in Ede and Wageningen over the next two years. The idea is based on the globally known project Shared Studios by Amar Bakshi, with the intention of connecting the region with the world and with each other. ”
In this project, people step into the sea container and then come into contact with people in another place in the world who are in a similar container at the same time. “It is reminiscent of the concept of 'wormholes' known from science fiction, places that make it possible to make a big leap to another place and time in one go. And it feels a bit like that. The way the container is set up and the smart use of technology actually creates the feeling that you are really in the same room with the other participants, who can therefore sit on the other side of the world. Last week we already had a number of test sessions, including with school children, and time and again the experience was described as overwhelming. ”
The Shared Studio will be officially opened on 3 October by Anne Janssen and Hester Veltman, aldermen of Wageningen and Ede. “We then have an open day on 4 October, where everyone who wants to see what it is and how it works can come and see us. From then on, various groups regularly enter the container to speak with other participants, elsewhere in the world. The provisional agenda is online but we still have a lot of room for new ideas and initiatives in the coming months. ”
"We don't start at the World Food Center for nothing," continues Ron van der Sterren. “Food is a universal theme internationally, fraternizing but at the same time also a theme about which there is much to do and about which there is an enormous amount of relevant knowledge and experience in our region. In portal we give that knowledge space in conversations, but we also make it tangible through so-called Shared Meals, where you have the feeling that you are sitting at one table with visitors on the other side of the world. ”
In terms of content, the subject is also directly addressed: "The National Geographic Education Summit will take place on 5 October and we will be presenting a number of speakers from Ede on the topic of" food safety and climate crisis. "
“Two weeks later, on World Food Day, 16 October, a conference on the Circular Food Economy will take place at the WFC - in the context of the Dutch Food Week, and contact will also be made via the Shared Studios with food-related participants in Nigeria, Kenya and Rwanda. "