Applications open for 2019 Youth Ag Summit in Brazil

Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Youth Ag Summit in Brazil.

The event, sponsored by Bayer, brings together 100 young people aged 18 to 25 from across the globe to develop solutions on how to feed a hungry planet in a more sustainable manner. The first summit took place in Calgary in 2013 and has since been held in Australia in 2015 and Belgium in 2017.

“The Youth Ag Summit allowed me to work together with like-minded peers on a project to tackle food insecurity in the context of gender equality,” said Cassandra Hayward, an undergraduate student in sustainable development from Dartmouth, N.S. who represented Canada at the 2017 summit.

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“Together, we created AgriKUA, a non-profit organization aiming to provide post-secondary female students in Kenya with agricultural, business, and legal knowledge through an online platform. Our goal is to cultivate a group of female mentors and leaders who can drive a sustainable cycle of local empowerment within their own communities.”

“To date, 300 delegates from more than 50 different countries have taken part, and alumni have gone on to participate in such prominent global events such as the UN Committee on Food Security in Rome, the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, and the European Development Days,” Bayer said in a news release.

Four Canadians will be chosen to attend the 2019 event in Brasilia — two of which will be current members or alumni of 4-H Canada — with Bayer covering all travel, accommodation, and related costs. Details about the summit and how to apply (which includes submitting a short video about why you want to attend) can be found at the Youth Ag Summit website. Applications must be received by Jan. 10.

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