A contest on short videos with the theme, “Youth in Sustainable Food Consumption and Waste Management,” that are developed by young Filipinos and other Southeast Asians was announced recently.

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) said the video entries may reveal personal experiences, practices, or advocacies that showcase how young people contribute to sustainable food consumption and food waste management.

Dubbed as the Searca Youth COVIDeo Contest, the competition aims to spotlight healthy diets, responsible food choices, and proper disposal or use of food waste, particularly during the pandemic.

The contest is open to the youth, with ages from 15 to 35 years, who are citizens of the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

The contest is focused on the youth because, according to Searca Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, “there is merit in mobilizing the youth as consumers of food and potential innovators to transform food systems.”

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

He explained that the contest will take stock of youth solutions and actions on sustainable food consumption and food waste management, and how it is linked to a sustainable agri-food system.

Now on its second year, the Youth COVIDeo Contest is an initiative of Searca’s Young Forces for Agricultural Innovation (#Y4AGRI).

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

He added that $100 awaits the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

The deadline of submission of entries is September 30.

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