Young Aussie farmers set to take their place at third Youth Ag-Summit
YOUNG Australian leaders in agriculture are invited to join other thought leaders from around the world to attend the third Global Youth Agriculture Summit ( YAS) that will take place in Belgium next year.
Against a backdrop of increasing disconnection between young people and farming, and a world population that is forecast to soar to 10 billion by 2050, visionary thinking, a long- term approach, and creativity are urgently needed to develop solutions to enable the next generation of food producers to face global farming challenges.
Bayer together with two Belgian young farmers associations, Groene Kring and Fédération des Jeunes Agriculteurs, are inviting young people to apply to attend the YAS in Brussels, Belgium which will take place on Monday, October 9 to Friday, October 13, 2017.
About 100 young delegates from around the world will share ideas, develop solutions and engage in an open discussion on one of the world’s most challenging questions - How do we feed a hungry planet sustainably?
To apply, young people aged 18 to 25 are asked to submit an essay on the underlying causes of food insecurity and the effect it can have on a growing population.
The essay question is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Ability to demonstrate original ideas and passion to help shape the future will be the key selection criteria for the YAS.
Essay applications will be accepted online and close on January 13, 2017.
In 2015, delegates from 33 countries delivered the Canberra Youth Ag- Declaration, an action- oriented plan with recommendations on how youth can have the maximum impact on global food security, which was tabled at the United Nations Committee on World Food Security in Rome afterwards.
Past alumni Australian delegate Laura Grubb said the 2015 summit was packed with actionable outcomes for all attendees which resulted in a supportive group who continue to collaborate and support each other.
“After entering the workforce earlier this year, I found that YAS was well received by people in the industry and the prestige of this event will only continue to grow,” she said.
“YAS has allowed me to take home many new ideas and initiatives on food security and sustainability and I would encourage all young Aussies who are passionate about feeding a hungry planet to apply,” Ms Grubb added.
The YAS’ long-term goal is to inspire delegates to not just think, but to act, and action is clearly needed to improve young people’s knowledge about agriculture, since many young people are discon- nected from farming and give little thought to where their food comes from.
Bayer initiated a major study to assess young people’s agricultural literacy in 11 countries in 2015.
The Youth Agriculture Literacy Study revealed that the overwhelming majority of young people had no idea when crops were ripe or were harvested.
Less than a quarter of young people around the world were aware that wax is an animal product.
In Great Britain only almost a quarter correctly answered that wine grapes are ripe in autumn and every other US youngster didn’t know that spices are dried plants.
Furthermore, the study demonstrated that a higher level of education does not mean a higher level of agricultural literacy.
Bayer head of business affairs & communications and labor director Bernd Naaf said the company is committed to encouraging young people to learn about agriculture and to inspire the next generation of ag visionaries.
“With initiatives like the 2017 Youth Ag- Summit, agricultural scholarships and experimental learning at our student labs and online, we want to encourage young people to learn more about sustainable agriculture and food supply whereby the vital role of science and innovation is highlighted,” he said.
For more information visit www. youthagsummit. com.
YOUNG DELEGATES: Laura Grubb and her fellow delegates delivered the Canberra Youth Ag-Declaration at last year’s summit.