Tomorrow they will feed world

Published: 08 Jul 2015 9:50am

Six forward-thinking, passionate young people have been selected to represent New Zealand at a summit focused on solving one of the world's most important issues — how to feed a growing population.

Hamish Clarke, James Robertson, Zach Mounsey (Waikato), Sarah Crofoot (Wairarapa), Rosario Monzales (Massey) and Shaun Snoxell (South Canterbury) will join 100 delegates aged 18 to 25 from 33 countries, selected for the second global Youth Ag-Summit.

The summit, which is themed Feeding a Hungry Planet, will be held in Canberra, Australia from August 24-28. It is hosted by Future Farmers Network Australia and Bayer CropScience.

Bayer NZ managing director Dr Holger Detje, who also heads Bayer NZ's CropScience division, says he is impressed with the quality of the New Zealand delegates.

"To select the delegates we ran an essay competition and I must say the quality of the work submitted was outstanding.

Entrants had to outline their position and ideas on the underlying causes of food insecurity and its effect on a growing population. The challenges and solutions identified highlight that opportunities like the Youth Ag-Summit provide a great platform to continue further discussions on what is increasingly an important topic," says Detje.