The Youth Ag Summit is a unique opportunity to connect and empower the next generation of agricultural change-makers.
Today, our planet faces the challenge of using fewer natural resources while feeding a growing population — predicted to reach almost 10 billion by 2050. The day-to-day realities of farming, agricultural production, and food consumption call for new kinds of innovation. Innovations that can transform today’s challenges into tomorrow’s breakthroughs.
We believe that, as the agricultural leaders of tomorrow, young people should be at the forefront of these efforts. The Youth Ag Summit is their platform.
A platform for change
The Youth Ag Summit is a unique opportunity to connect and empower the next generation of agricultural change-makers. Every two years, we bring together 100 global young leaders for networking, debates, skills training, and project development. The end goal? To equip them to take concrete action on one of humanity’s most pressing problems: how to feed a hungry planet while using fewer natural resources. The first Youth Ag Summit took place in Calgary, Canada, in 2013, followed by Canberra, Australia, in 2015, Brussels, Belgium, in 2017, and Brasilia, Brazil, in 2019.
The Youth Ag Summit’s efforts are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 with the hope of ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. The SDGs aim to achieve Zero Hunger and end all forms of malnutrition by 2030.
- The Youth Ag Summit is open to applications from young people aged 18-25, who are passionate about agriculture, food security, environmental stewardship, world hunger, biotechnology, farming, or animal husbandry.
- Applicants are not required to be farmers – previous delegates have included lawyers, doctors, teachers, and business management students.
The Youth Ag Summit (YAS) takes place every two years. YAS 2021 will take place digitally on November 16-17 followed by a ten-week virtual incubator called “YAS University” from January to March in 2022.
“YAS University” is an entrepreneurship support program developed in partnership with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN). This ten-week incubator is aimed at developing project ideas through key insights and capacity building.
- Applicants need to submit an application through the application portal, consisting of (1) an application form where you answer several questions on your experience and motivation, and (2) a 3-minute video pitch where you explain your specific project idea on “how to feed a hungry planet.”
- We do not accept handwritten applications. All applications need to be submitted in English. You will find more information and directions in our Application Guidelines.
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