ROLE OF YOUTHS FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS IN POST-COVID WORLD

Changes happen suddenly and dramatically and the pandemic of COVID-19 that we are facing these days obviously demonstrated it. The effect of this pandemic falls upon all the sectors of development and survival. All the socio-economic areas from the personal level to an international level are greatly affected by the ongoing pandemic of the newly discovered COVID-19. Along with other sectors, the food system is also not away from the dark stain of this pandemic. Before this berth, the lives of people were normal in terms of their survival and progressive activities and even the food system was in better milieu with the proper productions and supplies in the international markets. But, all of a sudden, there appeared a dramatic downfall in the food systems after an emergence of this deadly pandemic.
Talking precisely about the serious effects of pandemic on food systems, the available raw materials for the productions are in the verge of ending, the rates of productions are decreasing drastically, thereby escalating prices for consumers, and even the manual dearth is taking its birth to some extent created from the corrupted personal levels. It is so compplex to address this situation from the governmental level due to which all the people ought to be united nationally and even globally if possible, to downplay the threats on our food systems. The entanglement of youths to navigate the complex and dynamic circumstances and amplify the positive results is the most substantial step to be taken for sustainable food systems in the post COVID world.
Youth, one of the fundamental sources of energy for the positive pace of development, has very significant roles in managing the food systems globally which can be started with the thinking about an issue: the way how food system helps eliminate diet-related diseases. Why? COVID is being too risky to the people suffering from non-communicable diseases like heart problems, cancer, diabetes, and many more and most of those risks are related to dietary habits of people. Rethinking followed by practical application about the possible substitution of grains and grain-fed livestocks with fruits, vegetables, and pulses can be one of the better initiatives. Raising awareness about this issue via blog writing, articles, YouTube videos, and many other social networking ways can be done from the level of youths to address this dimension.
As the involvement of youths in agricultural sectors is not seen in a significant manner, this scenario can be changed from the level of youths. Youths can implement their generative ideas and skills concerned with regenerative farming and putting them into action. How can marginalized consumers, workers, and producers be empowered? Youths have abilties to shift themselves from traditional mode of action into modern and technological one in short time. The particular group of consumers who are deprived of getting the proper services can be settled in the mainstream with the small efforts of youths with the systematic collusion with the local and central government of nation. The producers whose products are not getting the actual prices can be promoted by the direct involvement of youths who can pressurize the system to manage the applicable prices for the quality products. Thus obtained money can be further utilized by those producers to furbish more amounts of products for sustainable food system. To reduce the future risks, the protection of plants and animals from the local to international level acts as the central act which sustainably helps in restoring the biodiversity. This action can be instigated by the efforts of youths with their direct participation in checking on the destruction of agricultural products and animals. As the quality of soil is lowering, which in turn might be one of the causes of food scarcity in future, youths can promote the concept and making of organic fertilizers instead of the harmful chemicals which are being used these days and people can be exhilarated to use such organic fertilizers to enhance the productivity of soil.
All in all, the imagination of a better world turns into reality only if we focus on the food systems, which are the cornerstones of humans, animals, economic, and environmental aspects. The world’s financial situation and health of people may face continuous shocks if we ignore the plans and policies needed for sustainable food systems. The post-COVID situation will presumably be the time of scarcity, so the sustainable food systems and the issue about fighting with the ongoing climate change must be prioritized to attenuate vulnerabilities to future shocks to our future generations.

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