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The Youth Ag Summit

Our planet faces the challenge of feeding an expanding population – predicted to reach almost 10 billion by 2050 – with fewer resources than ever. To do this in a sustainable manner, new solutions are needed. Ideas and innovations that take into account the day-to-day realities of farming, agricultural production and food consumption. Ideas that will transform today’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities. We believe that, as the agricultural leaders of tomorrow, young people should be at the forefront of these efforts.

A platform for change

The Youth Ag Summit is a unique opportunity to connect and empower the next generation of agricultural change-makers. Every two years, we bring together 100 global young leaders aged 18 to 25, for networking, debates, skills training, and project development. The end goal? To equip young people to take concrete action on one of humanity’s most pressing problems: how to feed a hungry planet.

A global framework  

The Youth Ag Summit’s efforts are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 with a view to ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all. Amongst other things, the SDGs aim to achieve Zero Hunger and end all forms of malnutrition by 2030.

Planting a path for progress

To apply, eligible candidates (young people aged 18 to 25 with a passion for agriculture) will need to submit an idea for a ‘Thrive for Change’ project which addresses food security in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Applicants are encouraged to think about how they can “plant a path” for youth to be change-makers in implementing the SDGs, and work towards food security in ways both big and small.

The Summit will function as an idea incubator: helping delegates work together to turn the ideas with the most potential into reality, and equipping them with the skills needed to deliver on their projects once the Summit concludes.

The delegates will also participate in industry tours, hear from expert speakers, and pledge action on “3 Little Things” to improve food security – one of the most concrete outcomes from previous Summits. You can find out how previous delegates have been progressing with their #3LittleThings below.

Who can participate in the next Youth Ag Summit?

The Summit is open to applications from young people aged 18-25, who are passionate about agriculture, food security, environmental stewardship, world hunger, biotechnology, farming, or animal husbandry. However, applicants do not have to be farmers – previous Summit participants have included lawyers, doctors, teachers, and business management students! We welcome applications from current students, as well as young people already working in a relevant field, who would like to plant a path towards ending hunger and global food insecurity.

Application Process


All applicants are asked to submit a video pitch for an idea that could contribute to tackling the underlying causes of food insecurity, and the impact it is having on a growing population. The core competition question is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDG 2: Zero Hunger).

  • A high-quality portrait picture (this doesn’t need to be formal)
  • A max. 3-minute video explaining your project idea to feed a hungry planet. You find further explanations in the application support.

What should the application video be about?

Applications should address the following context in their video submission:“Within the next 40 years, the world population is predicted to increase from seven to almost ten billion people. Yet one billion people alive today do not have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. Global food demand is rising while, at the same time, natural resources are dwindling. Rural, urban and international communities are debating solutions to tackle this paradox.

In the context of “How to Feed a Hungry Planet?”, you are asked to explain your own project idea related to this topic in your video pitch. Other things we would like to learn from you are:

  • Who are you and why are you interested in agriculture, or passionate about food security?
  • What is your (big or small) project idea for “feeding a hungry planet”?
  • How did you get to this project idea and what is your master plan?
  • Why are you so passionate about your project?
  • How would you use the opportunity of being a YAS delegate to make a change in your local community?

Timeline for the application contest?

The video submission will open on 17 September 2018 and run until 10 January 2019. The final selection of delegates will be announced in May 2019.

Benefits

The costs for attending the Summit are covered by the Youth Ag Summit organizers. These include: flights, transportation, accommodation, and catering during the event. Any other travel costs unrelated to Youth Ag Summit activities will not be covered by the organizers.

For more information visit the website of the Youth Ag Submit