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Monheim, October 16, 2018 – On the occasion of World Food Day, Bayer is excited to announce that it is bringing eight young people to attend the United Nations Committee on Food Security in Rome, Italy, as part of its ongoing commitment to fostering the next generation of agricultural leaders.
The eight individuals are alumni of the 2017 Youth Ag Summit which took place in Brussels, Belgium, one year ago. During the Summit, they conceived Agrikua, a project aimed at helping rural Kenyan women access professional development opportunities which won funding from Bayer. As part of their prize, the project members were offered the chance to attend the UN CFS and follow several days of professional and project development this week.
The UN CFS is an intergovernmental platform working on food security and nutrition policy, jointly funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
“There has never been a more important time to support future agricultural leaders”, said Jesus Madrazo, Head of Agricultural Affairs and Sustainability for the Crop Science Division of Bayer, who will also attend the UN CFS. “By bringing such a diverse group of young people together in Rome, we aim to make their voices heard at the highest level of international food policy decision-making. Listening and learning from the leaders of tomorrow is critical to achieving Zero Hunger.”
One Agrikua group member, Cassandra Hayward from Canada, has been selected as a youth representative to the Private Sector Mechanism, the platform providing a permanent seat for private enterprises at the UN CFS. She will deliver a speech on behalf of youth in agriculture at this evening’s High Level Dinner, organized by the PSM.
On Friday 19 October, two other Agrikua members, Apoorva Shankar from India and Ritchie Save Raphael from Tanzania, will speak at the official side-event “Challenges and Opportunities for Youth in Agriculture: Perspectives from Future Leaders”. Co-organized by Bayer, Nuffield International, 4H Kenya, and the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network, this event will be opened by Médi Moungui, Second Counsellor at the Embassy of Cameroon in Italy.
Speaking about her participation, Apoorva Shankar, said “It is an honor to be representing Agrikua and the Youth Ag Summit community in a discussion about how we can support youth in agriculture and make concrete progress on global food security issues. As an educator working closely with youth, I am looking forward to sharing my views during the side-event and hearing from other organizations and young people throughout UN CFS.”
As well as attending other UN CFS side-events and activities, the Youth Ag Summit alumni will benefit from training to help them progress and scale their project in years to come.
Since its inception in 2013, the Youth Ag Summit has grown into a movement led by ‘agvocates’ who are active on an ongoing basis in tackling food security challenges. To date, 300 delegates from more than 50 different countries have taken part, and alumni have gone on to participate in such prominent global events as the 43rd UN Committee on Food Security, the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, and the European Development Days.
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About the Youth Ag Summit
The Youth Ag Summit aims to inspire and foster young leaders who will champion sustainable agriculture and food security, as well as bridging the understanding gap between those who produce our food and those who consume it. The Summit is part of Bayer’s Agricultural Education Program: a holistic, long-term approach to encourage young people aged 18 to 28 to learn about sustainable agriculture. The program aims to inspire the next generation to learn more about modern agriculture and find solutions to global food security. As a research-driven company, Bayer is committed to driving societal acceptance of technology, as well as fostering a future talent pipeline of scientists.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2017, the Group employed around 99,800 people and had sales of 35.0 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.4 billion euros, R&D expenses to 4.5 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.com.
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