TikTok launches global dance challenge to fight world hunger
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Photo of Sherrie Silver teaching young farmers in dance in rural Cameroon for an advocacy music video// Image Credit: IFAD/DavidPacqui
Mr Eazi // Image Credit: Mr Eazi/ EmilyNakangaTogether the two artists have created a video to encourage people to join the dance movement. In an interview for The National Student, Silver explained the challenge’s importance and its aims. She said, “The challenge is about changing perceptions and is helping to shine a light on an underappreciated development issue – the immense potential of young people and investment in agriculture to help eradicate hunger and poverty around the world. "Young people in developing countries know what they need, but they are not being heard. Equal access to education and technology, land distribution, good governance and a fairer economic system.
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Photo of Sherrie Silver with a young farmer (Gabrielle Etah right) from an IFAD-supported programme in rural Cameroon// Image Credit: IFAD/DavidPacqui“I really believe every voice matters. Imagine what could happen if governments and donors around the world spent as much on agriculture and investing in young farmers as they do on humanitarian aid. Imagine how many more young people would prefer to stay in rural communities and take up farming if the roads were paved and the villages had electricity, internet connection, technology, clean water, and decent shops. There would be jobs and food security. There would be peace and stability. There would be less damage to the environment. There would be hope for our future. "I am challenging everyone around the world- young and old – artists, athletes, social media influencers – to join me in transforming the future of farming.” In addition to launching #DanceforChange, IFAD has released the '2019 Rural Development Report: Creating Opportunities for Rural Youth’.
The report examines the crucial role that rural youth can play in transforming global food systems and building rural economies in developing countries over the coming decade, calling today’s youth the “key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and indeed, to our planet’s future”. The dance challenge is on-going, and more information on how to take part can be found on the campaign website, including thousands of dance clips already shared as part of the challenge. Lead Image Credit: IFAD/DavidPacqui