What’s the Youth Ag Summit, and where does it take place?
The Youth Ag Summit is a global forum where young leaders can collaborate to develop sustainable solutions for food security and global agriculture, and work towards becoming global instruments of change. The Summit is organized by Bayer.
The Summit takes place every two years, with previous editions having been held in Canada (2013), Australia (2015) and Belgium (2017). The next edition of the Youth Ag Summit will take place in Brasilia, Brazil from November 4 – 6, 2019.
Is the Summit happening under a specific theme?
The Youth Ag Summit theme is Feeding a Hungry Planet.
The world’s population is expected to reach almost 10 billion by 2050. To feed everyone, we need to produce 50% more food with less land and fewer resources. Cutting-edge farming practices can help, but many people are wary and misinformed when it comes to modern agriculture. We need to bridge the disconnect between those who produce our food and those who consume it.
Who takes part in the Youth Ag Summit?
100 young leaders aged 18-25 (as of 3 November 2019), who are interested in agriculture, international development, environmental stewardship, food security, biotechnology or farming, will be selected to participate in the Summit. They are expected to come to the table with an appetite to advocate for agriculture, a concrete project idea, and a desire to make a lasting impact on food security. The delegates will be supported throughout the Summit by external mentors and Youth Ag Summit alumni.
Who are the partnering organizations?
For each edition of the Youth Ag Summit, Bayer partners with local and global youth or agricultural organizations. This offers delegates a wider set of perspectives, as well as ensuring the Summit is relevant and grounded in local know-how. In 2019 the Summit will be co-hosted by two Brazilian organizations: Nuffield Brazil and AIESEC Brazil.
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.
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).
What is the 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.
What should the application video be about?
Applications should address the following context in their video submission:
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?
How are the delegates chosen?
We establish a selection committee in every country where we have received applications. This includes up to five jury members from Bayer, a local youth ag-organization, university or other partners and organizations. The selection is based on specific criteria and a scoring system, with each country selecting its own final delegates.
Which costs are covered?
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.
Find more information on the application process and what will happen if you are selected: How to Apply
What are the objectives of the Youth Ag Summit?
- To build awareness and understanding of the challenges facing modern agriculture and its role in feeding the world sustainably.
- To grow a global network of youth ambassadors who are empowered to advocate on behalf of agriculture.
- To provide a platform for young leaders to take action on the UN SDGs, in the context of modern agriculture.
What are the expected outcomes of the Youth Ag Summit?
There are three areas of action to emerge from the Summit:
- “3 Little Things”: Each delegate develops a set of personal objectives which they commit to working towards within their home communities.
- “YAS Thrive for Change Projects”: Delegates work on an individual project idea related to the SDGs, developing a concrete implementation plan to make it a reality.
- “Youth-Ag Pledge”: At the end of the Summit, delegates pledge to advocate for modern agriculture and raise awareness of the need to feed a hungry planet in their home communities.
Is there a winner of the YAS?
The Youth Ag Summit is not about winning a prize. It rather serves as an international forum where young people from all over the world can exchange ideas, gain valuable experience, and forge networks for the future. In 2019, the Summit will also function as an idea incubator for delegates who will develop their own concrete “Thrive for Change” project.
What are Bayer’s objectives in hosting this event?
- To connect and support young leaders who will champion sustainable agriculture and food security.
- To bridge the understanding gap between those who produce our food and those who consume it.
- To inspire the next generation to develop their interest – and perhaps pursue careers – in science and agriculture.
- To promote special education programs locally and to collaborate with global youth groups and research institutes.
Is the Youth Ag Summit part of a wider initiative?
The Summit is part of the Bayer Agricultural Education Program: a holistic, long-term approach to encourage young people aged 18 to 28 to learn about sustainable agriculture. The program aims to inspire the next generation to find solutions to global food security.
Why is Bayer committed to educating young people about agriculture and science?
As a research-driven company, Bayer is committed to driving societal acceptance of technology, as well as fostering a future talent pipeline of scientists. Agricultural education and youth empowerment are key to achieving these ambitions.