Youth Ag Summit - delegates wanted for 2017 competition

Global Youth Ag Summit
Opportunity to represent NZ at Global Youth Ag-Summit in Brussels, Belgium

Young thought leaders to develop solutions to tomorrow’s agricultural challenges:

  • Opportunity to represent NZ at Global Youth Ag-Summit in Brussels, Belgium
  • Interested young leaders invited to apply
  • Essay competition open until 13 January, 2017 at

Calling New Zealand youth with a passion for agriculture

Now is the time to step up and share your message with the world. That’s the message from Bayer New Zealand, which is seeking two youth delegates to represent New Zealand at the Global Youth Ag-Summit, to be held in Brussels, Belgium, during October 2017.

Ability to demonstrate original ideas and passion to help shape the future will be the key selection criteria for the Youth Ag-Summit. Essay applications are accepted online until January 13, 2017. Find out more about the application process and the Summit at

Bayer New Zealand Crop Science division head Scott Hanson says the summit is a fantastic opportunity for young New Zealanders to have their say on one of the world’s most important issues.

 “According to the United Nations, the world’s population increases by 233,000 people every day and is estimated to be nearly 10 billion by 2050. However, we are supported by less farmland and resources than ever before.

“The Ag-Summit challenges youth to address what is arguably the biggest issue facing the world today, how do we sustainably feed ourselves?

 “It is a unique forum for youth leaders to bring their fresh and innovative thinking to these big challenges, providing a global platform to allow youth to engage with current and future agricultural leaders,” adds Hanson.

 The third Youth Ag-Summit is being held  October 9 to 13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. It is jointly organized by Bayer and two Belgian young farmers associations, Groene Kring and Fédération des Jeunes Agriculteurs.

About 100 selected young delegates from around the world will share ideas, develop solutions and engage in an open discussion on one of the world’s most challenging questions: How do we feed a hungry planet sustainably?

In 2015, delegates from 33 countries delivered the Canberra Youth Ag-Declaration, an action-oriented plan with recommendations on how youth can have the maximum impact on global food security, which was tabled at the United Nations Committee on World Food Security in Rome afterwards.  In 2017, the movement continues in the European capital - Brussels.

About the Youth Ag Summit

The Youth Ag-Summit is a global youth conference to inspire and connect the next generation of young leaders in agriculture and related disciplines. At the Summit, 100 young leaders aged 18 to 25 from all around the world will meet to share perspectives and create an open dialogue on one of the world’s most challenging questions: how to feed a hungry planet? The Youth Ag-Summit forms part of the Agricultural Education Program and aims at raising awareness for food and farming all over the globe.

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