Local Agriculture

Feeding a hungry planet: request for applications from young adults

Young adults from around the world show great interest in coming to the table to help solve the issue of feeding a hungry planet

Applications to participate accepted until February 15, 2013

Ottawa (January 7, 2013) – Since launching the global 4-H Youth Ag-Summit website in December 2012, applications have been submitted by young adults between the ages of 18-25, from around the world from Nova Scotia to Tokyo.

They are all vying for the opportunity to ‘come to the table ’ on August 19 to 25, 2013 for the global 4-H Youth Ag-Summit in Calgary, Alberta to share ideas and develop a plan of action on how to feed a hungry planet.

From now until February 15, 2013, young adults between the ages of 18-25 have the chance to submit an application by writing an essay (max. 2,000 words) or filming a video (max. seven minutes) about the challenges of feeding a hungry planet. 120 of the successful applicants will receive an expenses-paid trip to the global 4-H Youth Ag-Summit – 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. One revolutionary idea could make history.

Bayer Crop Science is the title sponsor of the Youth Ag-Summit and is committed to inspiring youth from around the world to see how they can make a difference and bring agriculture to the forefront of this global challenge. Countries currently involved include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania, United Kingdom and USA. 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 moremouths in need of healthy food and nutrition. If the next generation is to help find a solution for these people, they must first understand the challenges andopportunities their peers are experiencing around the world today. No one person, company or nation holds the answers; but through discussion and collaboration at the global 4-H Youth Ag-Summit in Calgary, it is hoped that agricultural solutions can be found, acted upon and achieved.

Forty youth from across Canada will be selected to participate in this event. 20 of these participants will be 4-H members and/or 4-H alumni.

Young adults between the ages of 18-25 (at the time of the conference) can find out more details and apply online by visiting www.YouthAgSummit.com