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 challenging what’s possible
The Youth Ag Summit is a unique opportunity to connect and empower the next generation of AgVocates—young advocates dedicated to speaking on behalf of modern agriculture.
Every two years, the Summit brings together 100 global young leaders (aged 18 to 25) for networking, debates, skills training, and project development. These leaders are encouraged to take concrete action on one of humanity’s most pressing problems: how to feed a growing population while using fewer natural resources.
A global framework
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.
A growing movement
The first Youth Ag Summit took place in Calgary, Canada, in 2013, followed by Canberra, Australia, in 2015 and Brussels, Belgium, in 2017.
The 2019 Youth Ag Summit will be hosted in Brasilia, Brazil, between November 4 and 6, 2019.
Applying to the Youth Ag Summit
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.
Applications for the 2019 event are now closed. Follow the link below to learn about the next Youth Ag Summit and details on how to apply.