‘Agvocates’ tackle food future
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.