The transition to sustainable food systems both in cities and in rural areas requires innovative solutions and moving away from business as usual. Young people are full of compelling and promising ideas to change the recipe of our food systems, but to turn them into reality, they must battle against countless hurdles due to often weak youth-friendly entrepreneurial ecosystems that prevent them from accessing adequate finance products, coaching, and infrastructure to develop their prototypes.
This is the reason why for this #AfricanCITYFOODmonth, Rikolto has decided to put young changemakers in the spotlight.
From Ouagadougou to Arusha, from Bukavu to Kampala, youth is one of the driving forces behind new inclusive business models that bring healthy and sustainable food to cities. This realisation has led the members of the Arusha Sustainable Food Systems platform to make youth entrepreneurship one of its 6 multistakeholder working groups to develop better support systems for youth to fulfil its potential.