“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.
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Bridgette Byrne, 22, is from Australia. She grew up on a sheep and grain farm and after school she completed a Bachelor of Science (Plant Science) at Monash University. Bridgette attended the 2015 Youth Ag-Summit in Canberra, Australia. Since the Summit, Bridgette has begun her career in agriculture. She has also been spreading the word about food security, feeding a hungry planet and Australian agriculture on social media.
22-year old Maurizio Junior Chiurazzi is a postgraduate student in Plant Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Originally from Naples, Italy, he has a degree in Agricultural Technologies from University Federico II, has interned in Italy’s FORMIT Foundation, and has participated in five Model European Parliament sessions both as a delegate and as president of a committee.
Matthew Danjuma Oguche (23) is from Nigeria. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Landmark University, and a postgraduate diploma in Public Administration and Policy from the University of Maiduguri. Since graduating, he has worked as an agricultural science teacher, volunteered with the UK Government’s International Citizen Service programme in southern Nigeria, and set up his own social enterprise called Sesame Africa.
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22 year-old American, Noah Hamlish, is currently undertaking research in Bergen, Norway, as part of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which has already taken him to Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand and Chile. He graduated with a BA in Biochemistry from Wesleyan University in May 2016, and blogs about his experiences at AquaCulture Shock.