The fourth and final day of the 2017 Youth Ag-Summit was all about Leadership. In the morning, the last of our incredible plenary speakers focused on equipping delegates with skills to thrive long after this week concludes. Every single delegate then pledged to do "Three Little Things" to impact food security in a positive way. And in the afternoon they took to the stage to pitch their Thrive for Change project ideas. The creativity, intelligence and teamwork on show were impressive, and every single delegate had clearly put their heart and soul into the process. At that evening's closing party, results were revealed - with three amazing project teams taking home future funding. But as Simon Pampena put it, every one of our delegates is a winner, an agvocate for life. We can't wait to see what they do next - and we can't wait for the next edition of the Youth Ag-Summit 2019, which will take place in Brasília, Brazil!
Leading the way
Innovation starts with inspiration.
Frank Sesno encouraged delegates to tell their own stories, while Susan Hite had them figure out their communication strengths and 'shapes'. Hugh Evans challenged delegates to start a movement, with the need to 'fail better' reinforced by Srinivas Rao. Powerful messages to take home - and act upon.
Thriving for change
All week, delegates have been brainstorming and prototyping ideas for how to feed a hungry world. Then came the moment of truth. Group representatives took to the stage to pitch, supported by dancing, videography, and even cartoons! After the voting came the waiting - time to cross fingers...
That winning feeling
When it came to the winners, Imperfect Picks earned 3rd place for a cartoon campaign against food waste. Seeds for Change plan to bridge the ag-education gap in schools came in 2nd. And the ultimate prize went to AGRIKUA, whose plan to tackle gender inequality in rural Kenya via a university-based platform wowed the jury and audience alike. Stay tuned for our overall wrap-up, in which we will introduce the projects in more detail.
One last hurrah
The level of online excitement about this year's Summit has been incredible. Since Sunday, there have been over 5,000 social media posts using #youthagsummit or #agvocate, and almost 21,000 engagements with these. This resulted in a potential reach of almost 50 million social media users. What a way to end an incredible week!