Crop Science Company Sponsors 20 Youth Seeking to Solve Global Hunger at International Event
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (August 19, 2013) – As part of its ongoing commitment to feeding a hungry planet, Bayer CropScience LP is sponsoring 20 youth from the United States to attend the first global 4-H Youth Ag-Summit, which kicks off today and runs through Aug. 25 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The summit, sponsored by Bayer CropScience Canada and 4-H Canada, brings together 120 international youth, ages 18 to 25, to cultivate ideas to solve the world’s most pressing food issues.
“We are excited to be involved with this first-of-its-kind event that brings together the brightest young minds in agriculture from around the world, and we are happy to have selected and sponsored the 20 U.S. delegates and four of their mentors in attendance,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. “Through this summit, Bayer CropScience hopes to build an international dialogue to secure lasting solutions to global issues. We need to act now to ensure there will be enough healthy, nutritious food to feed everyone tomorrow.”
During the event, delegates, along with 25 mentors, will engage with guest speakers, participate in debates and network with one another to build sustainable food strategies for farming’s future. Each attendee will work toward developing personal and actionable agricultural solutions that they will take home. Business leaders, elected officials and agricultural experts will also be in attendance to help inspire, challenge and encourage delegates to think big.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these delegates,” added Blome. “While the future of agriculture looks bright, there are certain issues that we face, such as climate change, population growth, energy demands, and the need for high-quality, healthy and affordable food. We need new and fresh thinking to cultivate answers to these problems, and the future relies on these young minds.”
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Corban Schuster, Casper Roxburgh, Tiffany Hunt and Rachel Rodney, Australia; Woka Aditama and Nazier Muhammad Ariffin, Indonesia; Filipe Matias and Barbara Rodriques Junqueira, Brazil; Arturo Larrain de Andraca and Diego Andrés Valencia Gracia, Chile; Elina Nissila and Iida Vesterinen, Finland; Adrien Kirch and Cécile Ronsin, France; Alexander Bretschneider and Christine Warkentin, Germany; Francis Adu-Amankwah and Theresa Akpoh, Ghana; Seemal Mushtaq, Pakistan; Michele Preti and Lorenza Ferro, Italy; Sohta Tanada, Japan; Eric Njoroge and Samba Ouma, Kenya; Uchechukwu Obloha, Nigeria; Amanda Luna and Maria Pacheco, Mexico; Connor Ferguson, New Zealand; Lisa Ann Coetzee and Simone Catherine le Roux, South Africa; Chao-Yi Huang and Vanness Shen, Taiwan; Stanslus Okurut, Uganda; Caroline Trude, Joseph Fisher and Rebecca Watkins, United Kingdom; Marta Wlodarz, Poland; Rodney Mushongachiware and Nomore Munongi, Zimbabwe; Yimale Kumwenda, Zambia; and Asha Marie Miles, Bradley Coleman, Brittany Williams, Carolyn Georke, Tina Holst, Elizabeth Blisset, Haley Sater, Hoi-Fei Mok, Jacy Pannell, James Matthew, James Swart, Kari Peeden, Kelsey Anderson, Marci Stevenson, Nathaniel Carson, Angelinah Rasoeu, Qwamel Hanks, Samantha Werth, Shanon Watson and Shelby Kilpatrick, United States.
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About 4-H Canada
4-H is one of Canada’s longest-running and most respected youth-serving organizations helping young Canadians to “Learn to Do by Doing” in a safe environment. With more than 24,000 members and 7,500 volunteer leaders, the 4-H community has extended beyond its rural roots and offers clubs for a diverse range of interests and skills across the country. Provided with tools and guidance, 4-H members work individually and with others to reach their goals. This unique combination of group-based learning and personal interests is what makes the 4-H experience exciting and memorable for everyone involved. Through this process, the organization is creating a 4-H culture of skilled, responsible and confident leaders that are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada. At a national program level, members have the chance to travel nationally and internationally, and participate in leadership conferences and seminars.
To learn more about 4-H Canada visit: www.4-h-canada.ca
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