About

Every day the world’s population increases by 233,000 people. Add water shortages, a lack of arable land and increased agricultural pests, weeds and diseases – and we’ve got a global food supply that’s under incredible pressure. 

To meet this challenging future head-on, we need to inspire the next generation of agricultural visionaries: Our young people. Only by inspiring our youth to pursue careers in science and agriculture can we continue to advance sustainable and modern agriculture and ensure the security of our food future.

A better platform for change

The Youth Ag-Summit is a week-long event that serves as a forum for young leaders to discuss opportunities, collaborate and find answers and solutions to the question “How do we feed a hungry planet?”

 

We provide young and hungry minds from around the world with the opportunity to attend the bi-annual Summit, expenses paid, through an essay contest. The long-term goal is to inspire these delegates to not just think, but to act – becoming global instruments of change.

 

Two Summits have taken place to date. The first YAS was launched in Calgary, Canada in 2013. After this successful event, the movement continued in the Southern hemisphere, in Canberra, Australia in 2015.

A better plan for the future

From October 9–13, 2017, we are taking the Summit to the old continent and into the European centre: Brussels in Belgium. Young people aged 18–25 who care about our planet’s future join the table to share their ideas with 100 other bright young minds and leaders.

Outcomes

During the Summit, delegates share their diverse experiences and work together to generate innovative, sustainable and actionable solutions to global food security challenges. Across five days, they undertake group projects and participate in industry tours, as well as learning from expert guest speakers. Their mission is to come up with concrete new ideas which can drive agricultural progress across the globe and be put into practice back home.

One of the outcomes from the last Summit were the “3 little things”. To learn from the 2015 delegates on their objectives, watch the videos below.