About Youth Ag Summit
Empowering the Next Generation
What Does Agriculture Need?
Feeding a Hungry Planet
Fighting Rural Poverty is Everybody's Mission
Finding an Elusive Key to Better Weed Management
Since its inception, the Youth Ag Summit has had a concrete impact on shaping the next generation of sustainable agriculture champions. More than 400 delegates from almost 50 different countries have taken part in the program to date. Our impact goes beyond the Summits themselves. We strive to foster and support a network of "agvocates" who are committed to tackling food security and sustainability challenges in tangible ways.
Through the Youth Ag Summit, each delegate identifies Three Little Things – a personal challenge to implement their learnings in their local community. Each delegate also comes to the summit with a Thrive for Change project. Delegates will work to develop concrete project plans for their ideas and will be encouraged to implement the project upon completion of the Summit.
Planning for 2021 was significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Thus, the 2021 Summit will be held virtually on November 16-17, 2021. But that doesn’t mean the global impact and opportunities of YAS have changed. This time, the Summit will take place over two days followed by a ten-week virtual incubator called "YAS University" in early 2022. This online accelerator platform has been developed in partnership with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) and is aimed at developing project ideas through key insights and capacity building. After completing YAS University, delegates will have the opportunity to pitch their Thrive for Change Projects to a panel of judges for potential funding, additional networking/mentorship opportunities, and other prizes.
At the most recent Youth Ag Summit, three delegates were selected to receive €5000 bursary funding from Bayer for their individual projects. These projects deliver concrete actions on food security in relation to the SDGs. Three other delegates were invited to participate in additional youth ag education networking events including the Nuffield Scholars Annual Conference, the Bayer Crop Science Future of Farming Dialogue, and participation as a mentor during the 2021 Youth Ag Summit.
The momentum from the summits continues to drive action from all our agvocates. Youth Ag Summit alumni have spoken at a range of global events, from the UN Committee on Food Security in Rome and the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, to the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture and the European Development Days – to name just a few.