Meeting the UN SDG Zero Hunger goal by 2030 will be a large undertaking, but Bayer believes young ag leaders are key to solving it. To empower the next generation to meet this goal, Bayer is hosting its biennial Youth Ag Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, from Nov. 4 to 6, 2019, for 100 youth advocates to brainstorm and create ideas to help solve food insecurity. Applications are now open for youth between the ages of 18 and 25.
The event is organized in collaboration with youth-focused organizations Nuffield Brazil and AIESEC Brazil.
To apply for the 2019 Summit, eligible candidates (young people of any background aged 18 to 25 and with a passion for advocating for food and agriculture) must submit a video pitch sharing their idea to tackle food insecurity in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Applicants are encouraged to think about how they can “plant a path” for youth to be change-makers in implementing the SDGs, and make their own individual impact on food security in ways both big and small.
For the 100 chosen delegates, the Youth Ag Summit will function as an idea incubator: helping delegates turn their ideas into reality, and equipping them with the skills needed to realize their projects. Throughout the Summit, delegates will also hear from expert speakers and participate in tours to learn more about the agricultural industry.
“There has never been a more important time for innovation in agriculture as we take on the challenge of nourishing a growing population while, at the same time, preserving our natural resources,” notes Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division. “As the leaders of tomorrow, young people with a personal passion to shape the future of agriculture need to be at the forefront of these efforts.”