The fourth edition of the Youth Ag Summit will be hosted in Brasilia, Brazil, between November 4 and 6, 2019. Once again, 100 young delegates from across the world will be chosen to attend. However, for the first time, the final selection of delegates will be based on their proposed project ideas.
The Youth Ag Summit is a unique opportunity to connect and empower the next generation of agricultural change-makers. Every two years, the summit brings 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.
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. Among other things, the SDGs aim to achieve Zero Hunger and end all forms of malnutrition by 2030.
The Youth Ag Summit takes place every two years: the first edition of took place in Calgary, Canada in 2013; followed in 2015 with the second edition in Canberra, Australia; the most recent Summit took place in Brussels, Belgium, in October 2017.
The next Youth Ag Summit will take place from November 4 to 6, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. The application period ran from September 2018 until January 2019. The names of the 100 selected delegates have been announced in May 2019.
Eligible candidates (young people aged 18 to 25 with a passion for agriculture) needed to submit an idea for a “Thrive for Change” project which addresses food security in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Applicants were 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.
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