Entries are open for the third Bayer Youth Ag-Summit, to be held in Brussels in October 2017.
Are you between the age of 18 and 25? Interested in the next generation of food producers and tackling global farming challenges?
Bayer are looking for four delegates for their third Youth Ag-Summit to be held in Brussels, Belgium in October 2017.
The summit, in partnership with two Belgian young farmers associations aims to inspire delegates to not just think, but act by developing solutions to enable the next generation of food producers to tackle global farming challenges, against a backdrop of a growing world population and increasing disconnection of young people from farming.
To apply, young people aged 18 to 25 are asked to submit an essay on the underlying causes of food insecurity and the effect it can have on a growing population.
In 2015, delegates from 33 countries delivered the Canberra Youth Ag-Declaration which was then tabled at the United Nations Committee on World Food Security in Rome shortly afterwards.
One of last year’s delegates, Emma McIlveen said she would ’greatly encourage young professions from a wide range of backgrounds to consider applying to YAS 2017’.
She said: "We have entered uncertain times following the Brexit result and it is vital to understand the challenges ahead for rural communities.
“It is therefore apt that this year’s conference is being held in the heart of Europe.
"I would greatly encourage young professionals from a wide range of backgrounds to consider applying to YAS 2017. You will undoubtedly be inspired, challenged and energised by this unique opportunity to engage on the pressing issue of food security."
A spokesman for Bayer Crop Science in the UK said: "Bayer is committed to encouraging young people to learn about agriculture and inspire the next generation.
"The Youth Ag-Summit is just one of the initiatives that we either run or support to promote farming as a career of choice, to reconnect young people with how food is produced, and to highlight the role of science and technology in sustainable agriculture.”