There’s a common joke in our local farming community that goes “farmers know just two English words: ‘short’ and ‘failure’.” These words refer to their harvest. They’ve grown so accustomed to poor harvests that it’s turned into a running joke. Yet for a young agvocate like me, this isn’t a laughing matter but a challenge – and better yet, an opportunity.
This year’s International Youth Day 2019 is themed around “Transforming education”, with a particular focus on how education can be made more inclusive and accessible, including efforts by youth themselves. But what does inclusive education look like when it comes to agriculture?
Participating in a global forum with 100 young leaders in Brussels was a dream come true for Paulo Beraldo from Brazil – and it didn’t end there.
Urban agriculture can transform our cities, bring social benefits to communities and contribute to food production around the world. Here, former Youth Ag Summit delegate Diana Pamela Rico Campos shares why she believes the future of agriculture lies in urban farming – and how having limited space at home is no longer an excuse.
During the weekend of June 1-2, more than 8,000 young adults from across the European Union journeyed to Strasbourg, France for the third European Youth Event (EYE), sponsored by the Parliament. Beverley Flatt, an alumnus of the Youth Ag Summit and current member of the communications team for Animal Health at Bayer, took part in the event to discuss the future of farming.
Ayşenur Uzun represented Turkey at the 2017 Youth Ag Summit, where she met Jozef Van Assche from the International Society for Horticultural Science during the Summit’s industry marketplace.
In October 2017, Spanish biotechnology student Carla Espinós Estévez attended the Youth Ag Summit in Brussels, Belgium. We caught up with her to learn about how she has been inspiring others to join the movement for feeding a hungry planet.
By Juan Pablo Casadiego Guevara, undergraduate student of Management, Los Andes University
Alwin Hopf is a 24-year old student from Germany who has just completed university placements in France and Saudi Arabia, funded by the Bayer Jeff Schell Scholarship for Agricultural Science. We caught up with him to learn about his research – and how digital technology is transforming farming in the Middle-East.
Based in São Paulo, 2017 Youth Ag-Summit delegate Paulo Palma Beraldo is a journalist with newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo and the editor of De Olho No Campo blog, where he writes about agribusiness in Brazil. Here, he shares what he learned covering his first UN conference at the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome.