For anyone passionate about feeding a hungry planet, the next Youth Ag-Summit in Brazil might seem like a long way off – so in the meantime, what about setting your sights on an alternative challenge?
We’re still in the mood for welcoming 2018 – and with a new set of days ahead to make a difference, there’s no time like these first weeks of the year to get started on a new project! For me, this year begins with the impetus of experiencing an amazing, life-changing event just a short time ago. It’s been three months since the Youth Ag-Summit ended, but for delegates, our energy and motivation levels are still at a high – especially if you see your ‘Three Little Things’ commitment on your pineapple poster every day, or use your YAS cup every morning!
The 2017 Youth Ag-Summit took place in Brussels from October 9 to 13. Here’s what Nepalese delegate Pramisha Thapaliya took away from her YAS experience in Belgium.
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Alexis Wagner (25) is a bioprocess engineer who recently finished a master’s degree in Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge, where she was a Chevening Scholar, focussing on agricultural supply chain sustainability. Back in Canada, she is now the assistant brewmaster at Mill Street Brewery in Toronto.
One of the goals of the Youth Ag-Summit is to build a long-term, global community of passionate and engaged “agvocates” who use the Summit as a launchpad for future success. We caught up with James Craig, who attended the first ever Youth Ag-Summit in 2013, to hear what he’s been up to recently, and what advice he has for this year’s cohort of delegates.
“The craftsmanship and knowledge of crops built over centuries of farming remain important, but the use of new technologies is indispensable to take a step forward in our agriculture,” writes Louis Verstraete in the run-up to the Global Youth Agriculture Summit.