The Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) is an international network of young people who bring about changes in the field of food production and consumption. It was founded by a number of enthusiastic and motivated young people with a passion for good, clean and fair food, and with an interest in sustainability issues.
Young people are the world’s future leaders, entrepreneurs, farmers and consumers. In order to make youth familiar with the vision, principles and activities of the global non-profit organisation Slow Food, the SFYN was founded in 2007. The long-term strategy of SFYN to establish a sustainable food system is twofold. From one side, SFYN wants to promote awareness among young citizens and consumers to encourage and mobilise them in making responsible choices in their consumption behaviour. From the other side, SFYN wants to encourage young people to participate in debates concerning food issues.
In October 2008 during the Salone del Gusto in Turin (Italy), Slow Food’s founder and international president Mr. Carlo Petrini spoke the wise words: "An association without young people, is an association without a future.” It inspired a number of Dutch food lovers to establish the Youth Food Movement Netherlands (YFM NL), which has existed since July 2009. YFM NL is founded as a convivium of Slow Food Netherlands. The association (‘vereniging’) is governed by a board. YFM NL has approximately 200 members and can count on a large number of active volunteers for her projects.
The CAP 2013: Food for Change campaign has been initiated by YFM NL. It is also one of the programmes to further professionalise Slow Food’s youth movement. This is done not only by focusing on a mature, complex and comprehensive subject as the CAP, but also by an intensified cooperation between the different European departments that form the Slow Food Youth Network.