‘Agvo­cates’ tackle food fu­ture

Pilbara News - - News - Sarah Ison

The fourth Youth AgVo­cate Sum­mit will see 100 ta­lented young peo­ple from around the world com­bine to find so­lu­tions for one of so­ci­ety’s most daunt­ing is­sues, feed­ing an in­creas­ingly hun­gry with ever-lim­ited re­sources.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the sum­mit — or­gan­ised by Bayer in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Nuffield Brazil and AIESEC Brazil — opened on Oc­to­ber 25 for “agri­cul­tural en­thu­si­asts” aged 18 to 25.

Past par­tic­i­pant from Broome Laura Grubb rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in 2015 and has since re­mained ac­tive with the AgVo­cate Sum­mit net­work.

“This ex­pe­ri­ence re­ally opened my eyes up to real world as­pects of food pro­duc­tion across dif­fer­ent cul­tures,” she said. “It shows the role we can play in do­ing this re­search.”

WA Farm­ers AgCon­nect com­mit­tee mem­ber Tif­fany Davey said the sum­mit pre­sented an op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to be part of de­ci­sion­mak­ing pro­cesses and con­tinue im­por­tant di­a­logues around sus­tain­able farm­ing world­wide.

“There’s a lot more peo­ple to feed and less arable land to use,” she said.

“But this gen­er­a­tion are re­ally on to it and we’re tak­ing on the chal­lenge.”

Ms Davey said Aus­tralia set an ex­am­ple in agri­cul­ture prac­tice.

Bayer Aus­tralia and New Zealand man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jo­erg Ell­manns said it was crit­i­cal for youth to turn their fo­cus to sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture as re­sources de­pleted across the world.

“There has never been a more im­por­tant time for in­no­va­tion in agri­cul­ture as we take on the chal­lenge of nour­ish­ing a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion while, at the same time, pre­serv­ing our nat­u­ral re­sources,” he said.

“As the lead­ers of to­mor­row, young peo­ple with a per­sonal pas­sion to shape the fu­ture of agri­cul­ture need to be at the fore­front of these ef­forts.”

To be el­i­gi­ble, ap­pli­cants must sub­mit a video pitch shar­ing their idea to tackle food in­se­cu­rity. If cho­sen, they will be in­vited to the sum­mit in Brazil and be­come “agvo­cates”, who will go on to shape the fu­ture of food.

Brigitte Byrne rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at the 2015 sum­mit, where she heard from ex­pert speak­ers from the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try.

“The Youth Ag Sum­mit is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to col­lab­o­rate with young lead­ers from around the world and think big about the fu­ture of our food sys­tem,” she said.

The sum­mit will take place on Novem­ber 4 to 6 in Brasilia, Brazil.

To ap­ply, visit youthag­sum­mit.com.

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