Fourth Summit
2019
Brasilia
Brazil

The Youth Ag Summit 2019

In 2019, the fourth edition of the Youth Ag Summit headed to South America for the first time, bringing 100 agvocates from 25 countries to Brasilia, Brazil. Together the delegates honed their solutions for feeding a hungry planet while protecting its natural resources. The 2019 Youth Ag Summit was hosted in partnership with Nuffield Brazil and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).

External speakers at the 2019 Summit included Sara Menker, Founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence; Marina Grossi, President, Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS); David Hertz, Co-founder and President, Gastromotiva; Gustavo Gross Belchior, Founder and CEO, Core Us.

During their time in Brasilia, delegates visited SLC Agricola – Pamplona farm, where they learnt about how Brazilian farmers are producing a range of crops – including soy, cotton and corn – in a more sustainable way. They also had the chance to meet with agricultural businesses and Bayer partners in the Sustainable Success Marketplace, including the Brazilian Cotton Producers Association (Abrapa), Nuffield Brazil, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), Orbia.org, IICA, PariPassu, Pepsico, The Climate Corporation, and Bayer Sustainability.

During the 2019 Summit, delegates worked in groups to develop their own project ideas for achieving Zero Hunger, while also providing feedback and input to each other. Twelve delegates were chosen to pitch their projects in front of an expert jury, and six delegates in total were awarded either funding or an ambassador role.

The following three delegates will receive funding from Bayer:

  • Thelma González Cruz (Mexico)has used her background as a chemist to create edible plates that tackle both plastic pollution and food insecurity.
  • Saadman Faisal (Bangladesh)is tackling food waste through expiry date predictive technology for fresh produce.
  • Grace Scott (Australia) plans to use bacteria to reduce the need for nitrogen fertilizer in rice cultivation.

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Meet the YAS 2019 alumni delegates

INDONESIAAditya Setiaboedi
SPAINAlejandro Artiach
FRANCEAlice Dien
GERMANYAlwin Hopf
MEXICOAna Cesar Munguia
BRAZILAndre Tomas Hermann
GERMANYAnnika Ahlers
THAILANDApisara Sasison
BRAZILBárbara Ferreira
BELGIUMBen Kerkaert
UKBethany Love
ITALYCeleste Ricco
PHILIPPINESChristine Jodloman
BRAZILCindyneia Cantanhede
NEW ZEALANDCourtney Davies
COLOMBIACristian Triana
DOM. REPUBLICDaniela Perozo Coste
NETHERLANDSDavid Fisher
INDONESIADavyn Sudirdjo
KENYADenis Oduor Ochieng
ECUADORDiana Mollocana Yanez
NAMIBIAEfraim Paulus
CANADAEmmett Sawyer
COSTA RICAErika Halsband
NIGERIAEsther Ajari
BRAZILGabriel Cunha
Pires Santos
MEXICOGenaro Aldana Chavez
AUSTRALIAGrace Scott
CANADAGrace Heuver
NEPALGrace Tiwari
AUSTRALIAFlorencia Luz Brochiero
GERMANYHannes Bumann
USAHans Riensche
MEXICOHector Garcia
COLOMBIAHenry Cordoba
EGYPTHossam Hamdy
RUSSIAIana Portnaia
SPAINIrene Rodriguez
RUSSIAIrina Borisenko
UKRAINEIryna Ivanova
NIGERIAIyanuoluwa Aliu
GERMANYJan Kniepkamp
BOLIVIAJhanira Rodriguez Torrez
UKJoshua Joyce
BRAZILKalinka Gonzales
ETHOPIAKalkidan Yalew
CANADAKarly Rumpel
MEXICOKatia Alarcon
BANGLADESHKazi Jawoad Hossain
CANADAKelcie Miller-Anderson
DENMARKLasse Rasmussen
COLOMBIALaura Catalina
Reyes Vargas
UKLauren Wheeler
CANADALeah Davidson
MALAYSIALee Jing Chan
ARGENTINALisandro Flores Pozzi
BRAZILLucas DeAlmeida
BRAZILLuísa Schiavon de Araujo
BRAZILMaria Rigotti
BRAZILMateus Sampaio
POLANDMateusz Ciasnocha
BRAZILMatheus Saueressig
USAMatt Foley
URUGUAYMauro Padula
BRAZILMaycon Santos
BOLIVIAMelanie Alba Sossa
ARGENTINAMicaela Navarro Correa
USAMikayla Sullivan
MEXICOMildred Jimenez
Rodriguez
PAKISTANMuhammad Anas
Qureshi
BOLIVIANicolas Malpartida
NEPALNikita Bhusal
USANisha Marwaha
INDIANithya Srinivasan
FRANCEOcéane Lemartinel
BRAZILRafael Riedel
INDIARaghav Sarin
SOUTH AFRICARichard Hay
GHANARosalinda Agana
BANGLADESHSaadman Faisal
SRI LANKASachintha Lakshan Wickramaarachchi
JAPANSaki Morita
SOUTH AFRICASandisile Mkhonza
PAKISTANSara Waqar
CAMBODIASokneang Sam
GERMANYSophia Meyer
THAILANDSuchat Niha
USAStephanie McBath
KENYATabitha Mugure Gathima
CHINATaimao (Timo) Bai
COLOMBIALaura Ospino Garcia
MEXICOThelma Gonzalez Cruz
FRANCEThomas Millet
TURKEYUğur Gönül
INDONESIAUlia Baysi
GUATEMALAVelveth Santizo
CHINAWang Yang
CHINAWang Chuanzan
MALAYSIAXie Loong  Goh
USAZebediah Davis

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In addition, delegates Kelcie Miller-Anderson (Canada), Maycon Santos (Brazil), and Alice Dien (France), whose projects addressed declining bee populations, food insecurity in Brazilian schools, and misinformation among food consumers, have been appointed YAS Ambassadors. Respectively, they will attend Bayer’s 2020 Future of Farming Dialogue, the 2020 Nuffield Conference in Australia, and the 2021 Youth Ag Summit, which will take place in China.

 

The entire 2019 Youth Ag Summit was certified as carbon neutral, through Bayer’s partnership with Brazilian organization Neutralize Carbono, which promotes the offsetting of carbon emissions through the allocation of Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) issued by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The total amount of emissions neutralized for the Summit was 27,890 tons of CO2.