About 100 delegates from more than 40 different countries have been selected to form the cohort for Bayer’s 2021 Agricultural Youth Summit in November. The biannual global forum and conference has selected young leaders aged 18-25 who are passionate about sustainable global agriculture for the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others on solutions to climate change challenges. Food Safety.
This year’s delegates come from more than 2,000 candidates representing nearly 100 countries. To be selected, this year’s delegates submitted project ideas and examples of past advocacy work based on the overall summit theme of “Feeding a Hungry Planet”. Monserrath Martinez from Mexico, for example, recounted his work with a biodegradable device made from food waste that enables food production in urban areas. She hopes her experience will inspire other delegates as they work during the summit on other sustainability solutions.
“I believe it is time for our generation to take action and change the way these systems work, using our skills and knowledge to make agriculture more efficient and sustainable,” Martinez said. “I want to be part of a passionate network of people who want to change the way agriculture works and find new paths for the well-being of all.”
This year’s 5th biennial Youth Ag Summit will be the company’s first virtual YAS event and its first with a virtual idea incubator called YAS University. As part of the YAS University program, delegates will continue to develop their business and communication skills, receive coaching from mentors, and complete weekly assignments that will help them refine their own project concepts for 10 weeks after the summit, beginning in January 2022. Upon completion of YAS University, delegates will have the opportunity to pitch their project ideas to a panel of experts to compete for prizes. Bayer’s partnerships for this year’s forum with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and technology company Babele make the unique YAS University experience possible.
“This is an opportunity to empower the next generation of agricultural changemakers,” said Ndavisabye Rukundo Christian, a conservation student and farmer from Rwanda. “I am a farmer in the village where I live and agriculture is my passion. This summit corresponds perfectly to my objective of doing sustainable agriculture while preserving the environment.