The biennial Youth Ag Summit aims to give the next generation of agricultural change-makers a platform and provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to act on solutions for a more sustainable future.
“The power of the Youth Ag Summit movement lies in its people,” said Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division. “The Youth Ag Summit is all about enabling young leaders to help shape this world for the better, in ways both big and small. We know that young people are our planet’s greatest natural resource, and we’re providing them with an inclusive and supportive platform where their ideas can take root and thrive.”
The Youth Ag Summit movement is a community of global young leaders championing sustainable agriculture and food security and working to bridge the understanding gap between those who produce our food and those who consume it. Every two years, 100 delegates are chosen to take part in the Summit. Previous editions have been hosted in Canada, Australia, and Belgium. This year’s Summit is the first to be held in Latin America and delegates are challenged with this question: how do we feed a hungry planet while at the same time protecting its natural resources? Bayer is covering all travel, accommodation and related costs for the chosen delegates.
The Summit is part of Bayer’s Agricultural Education Program: a holistic, long-term approach to encourage young people aged 18 to 28 to learn about sustainable agriculture. The program aims to inspire the next generation to learn more about modern agriculture and find solutions to global food security.
During the Youth Ag Summit in Brazil, delegates will visit SLC Agricola Pamplona farm, which produces a range of crops – including soy, cotton and corn – across an area of over 20,548 ha. Delegates will also have the chance to gain real-world insights into sustainability in action from Nuffield and IICA. And, they will hear from expert speakers including:
- Sara Menker, founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence.
- Marina Grossi, president, Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development.
- David Hertz, co-founder and president, Gastromotiva.
- Gustavo Gross Belchior, founder and CEO, Core Us.
“For IICA, it is vitally important that young global leaders in agriculture exchange sustainability-focused success stories and apply them when they return to their countries,” said Hernan Chiriboga, representative of IICA in Brazil. “This enables information to be shared for the benefit of all rural inhabitants.”
“As an organization that is focused on nurturing and supporting future agricultural leaders, Nuffield Brazil is proud to be a partner and help deliver an exciting Youth Ag Summit program in Brasilia this week,” said Murilo Bettarello, Nuffield Brazil president. “We look forward to seeing the future impact these delegates will have on achieving a more food-secure world.”