Youth leaders take on the fight to feed a hungry planet

Supported by Bayer, external and alumni mentors, the Youth Ag Summit delegates will work together on ideas for feeding a hungry planet
Supported by Bayer, external and alumni mentors, the Youth Ag Summit delegates will work together on ideas for feeding a hungry planet

Some of the world’s brightest and most passionate young minds convene in Brazil for this year‘s Youth Ag Summit to think deeply about food and agriculture and unlock innovative and sustainable solutions to one of our most challenging questions: how do we feed a hungry planet while at the same time protect its natural resources?

Hosted by Bayer in partnership with the Nuffield International Farming Network and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the biennial Youth Ag Summit aims to give the next generation of agricultural change-makers a platform and provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to act on solutions for a more sustainable future.

“The power of the Youth Ag Summit movement lies in its people”, said Liam Condon, Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division. “The Youth Ag Summit is all about enabling young leaders to help shape this world for the better, in ways both big and small”, he continued. “We know that young people are our planet’s greatest natural resource, and we’re providing them with an inclusive and supportive platform where their ideas can take root and thrive.”

During the Summit, delegates will visit SLC Agricola Pamplona farm, which produces a range of crops – including soy, cotton and corn – across an area of over 20,548 ha. Delegates will also have the chance to gain real-world insights into sustainability in action from Nuffield and IICA. And, they will hear from expert speakers such as:

• 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.

“For IICA, it is vitally important that young global leaders in agriculture exchange sustainability-focused success stories and apply them when they return to their countries,” said Hernan Chiriboga, Representative of IICA in Brazil. “This enables information to be shared for the benefit of all rural inhabitants.”

“As an organization that is focused on nurturing and supporting future agricultural leaders, Nuffield Brazil is proud to be a partner and help deliver an exciting Youth Ag Summit program in Brasilia this week,” Murilo Bettarello, President of Nuffield Brazil, said. “We look forward to seeing the future impact these delegates will have on achieving a more food-secure world.”

Follow the latest news on social media with the hashtags #youthagsummit and #plantyourpath, or watch livestreamed sessions from the Summit here.