BAYER CropScience and the Future Farmers Network have partnered to provide Australia's agricultural youth the opportunity to participate in the Youth Ag Summit hosted by 4-H Canada, a rural youth organisation, from August 19-25, 2013 in Calgary, Canada.
Bayer and FFN encourage young Australians to apply for the chance to join young adults from around the world "at the table" to share ideas and develop a plan of action on how to feed a hungry planet.
New Business Development head at Bayer CropScience, Richard Dickmann said the company had identified rural skills shortage and education as a key target for support within Bayer's sustainability strategy for Australia.
"The Youth Ag Summit is a unique way to stimulate interest in Australian agriculture as a career of global importance," Mr Dickmann said.
FFN chair Georgie Aley said FFN was proud to partner with Bayer to provide young Australians with the opportunity to attend this significant event.
"With increasing demands on all food sectors globally, the need for an educated and engaged next generation should be a priority for the industry," she said.
"We believe the summit will provide the opportunity for global educational linkages and generous support to those who attend."
From now until January 31, 2012, Australians between the ages of 18-25 can submit a 2000 word essay or film a 7-minute video about the challenges and opportunities of feeding a hungry planet.
Two successful applicants from Australia will get an expenses paid trip to the global Youth Ag Summit with 120 youth from 20 countries. They'll participate in a week-long event where ideas will be shared and opportunities will be explored with other young people, business leaders and scientists about this global agricultural challenge.
In November 2011 the United Nations declared the planet's population surpassed seven billion people. In less than 40 years this forecast will see 2 billion more mouths in need of healthy food and nutrition. As an agricultural powerhouse, this growth represents a tremendous opportunity for Australia.
However, if the next generation of Australians is to help find a solution, they must first understand the challenges and opportunities their peers are experiencing around the world today.
No one person, company or nation holds the answers; but through discussion and collaboration at the Youth Ag-Summit in Calgary, it is hoped that agricultural solutions can be found, acted upon and achieved.
Countries currently involved include Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and USA.
Young adults between the ages of 18-25 can obtain selection criteria from and submit their essays to email@example.com. To stay in the know, applicants can log on to www.facebook.com/youthagsummit to follow further details as they become available.
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