Video competition promotes actions of young people in Southeast Asia in the fields of food and waste management

A short video competition on the topic “Youth in Sustainable Food Consumption and Waste Management”, which is being developed by young Filipinos and other Southeast Asians was recently announced.

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (Searca) said the video entries can reveal personal experiences, practices or advocacy that shows how young people are contributing to sustainable food consumption. and food waste management.

Dubbed the Searca Youth COVIDeo competition, the competition aims to highlight healthy eating, responsible food choices and the proper disposal or use of food waste, especially during the pandemic.

The competition is open to young people, aged 15-35, who are citizens of the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

The competition is focused on young people because, according to Searca Director Dr Glenn B. Gregorio, “there is merit in engaging young people as potential food consumers and innovators to transform food systems.”

Gregorio, a United Nations Food Systems Champion, said the 2021 edition of the Searca Youth COVIDeo competition resonates with the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit global actions to transform food systems, including how food is produced, consumed and eliminated.

He explained that the competition will take stock of solutions and youth actions on sustainable food consumption and food waste management, and how this relates to a sustainable agrifood system.

Now in its second year, the COVIDeo Youth Competition is an initiative of the Young Forces for Agricultural Innovation of Searca (# Y4AGRI).

Gregorio announced that the first prize is $ 500, while the second and third prize are $ 350 and $ 150 respectively.

He added that $ 100 is awaiting the People’s Choice Award winner.

The deadline for submitting applications is September 30.

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