The Philippines will be represented by six Pinoy youth leaders in the global agricultural summit hosted by German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer.

To be specific, the youth leaders will join 100 delegates from more than 44 different countries in the said event.

The global forum and biennially organized conference selected young leaders between the ages of 18 and 25 with a passion for sustainable global agriculture for the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others on solutions to issues challenging food security.

This year’s delegates come from more than 2,000 applicants, representing nearly 100 countries.

“This is a very important project of Bayer to really highlight the United Nations Sustainable Goals, particularly that of feeding a hungry planet. It’s also for us to empower the next generation, giving them a forum and chance to meet like-minded peers not just in the Philippines but across the world,” said Iiinas Ivan Lao, Country Commercial Lead of Bayer CropScience Philippines.

To be selected, this year’s delegates presented project ideas and examples of previous advocacy work based on the summit’s overall theme “Feeding a Hungry Planet”.

The six delegates from the Philippines come from provinces around the country and are students in national and private universities.

They are Grand Cayona Gascon (University of the Philippines Visayas), Remigio Mujar Lozano Jr. (University of the Philippines os Banos), Tracey Chua Tedoco (University of St. La Salle), Christian King Lagueras Condez (Ateneo de Manila University), Mark Virgil Casimo Jamer (University of the Philippines Los Banos) and Thoreenz Panes Soldevilla (University of the Philippines Diliman).

“The Youth Ag Summit has always been a great opportunity for me to connect with the next generation of Ag leaders. These young people provide the passion needed to make a real difference in tackling food security challenges,” said Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and president of the Crop Science Division.

“By supporting and nurturing these future leaders, we aid them in what we hope is a lifelong journey of learning and action for a more sustainable food system,” he added.

This year’s 5th biennial Youth Ag Summit will be the company’s first virtual YAS event and its first with a virtual idea incubator called YAS University.

Within the YAS University program, delegates will continue to develop their business and communications skills, receive coaching from mentors, and complete weekly assignments that help them hone their own project concepts for 10 weeks following the summit, beginning in January 2022.

At the end of YAS University, the delegates will have the opportunity to pitch their project ideas to a panel of experts to compete for prizes.

For this year’s forum, Bayer partnered with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the tech company Babele.

Delegates will work with the UN SDSN and Balbele on a 10-week Youth Ag Summit (YAS) University program following the forum with mentoring from industry leaders, farmers, and YAS alumni.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/08/25/ph-represented-by-six-filipino-youth-in-global-agri-summit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ph-represented-by-six-filipino-youth-in-global-agri-summit)