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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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.