June 21, 2017

Bayer to host Global Youth Ag-Summit in Brussels

3 delegates from India to address global food security challenges

  • Youth Ag-Summit to take place from October 9-13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium
  • The goal is to generate concrete solutions for agriculture worldwide

Mumbai, June 21, 2017: Bayer India has selected three young delegates to participate in the third edition of the global Youth Ag-Summit to be held from October 9-13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The Youth Ag-Summit is a platform that provides young leaders the opportunity to share their ideas, best practices and explore the role of modern agriculture in feeding a hungry planet. Bayer, together with its partners: Groene Kring (GK) and Fédération des Jeunes Agriculteurs (FJA) is organizing the summit.

To participate, prospective delegates were asked to submit an essay of 1,500 words on the topic of food insecurity. The goal was to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of ending hunger, achieving food security and promoting sustainable agriculture. More than 100 essays were received from all corners of India. After a review by a panel of experts, three finalists were chosen on the basis of their passion for agriculture, their vision of a world without hunger and how youth can play a role in helping feed the world’s growing population.

The three delegates chosen to represent India at the Youth Ag-Summit are:

  • Apoorva Valli Shankar, a 25-year old educator from Chennai; who is passionate about the role of rural women in improving agriculture and bringing in gender equality in agriculture
  • Soumyajit Paul, a 24-year old student from Kolkata, who is enthusiastic about how frugal innovation can power irrigation in Indian farms
  • Sudhanshu Purwar, a 24-year old student from Kanpur, who believes strongly about enhancing the food supply chain to reduce malnutrition among children

During the summit, they will share their diverse experiences and work together to generate innovative, sustainable and actionable solutions to solve global food security challenges. Across five days, the delegates will undertake group projects and participate in industry tours, as well as learn from expert guest speakers. The end-objective is to enable the delegates to come up with new ideas that can drive agricultural progress across the globe and also be put into practice in their local communities.

To meet the delegates and to learn more about the Summit, please visit
www.youthagsummit.com. You can follow the latest news on @YouthAgSummit or https://www.facebook.com/YouthAgSummit/

About the Youth Ag-Summit
The Youth Ag-Summit is a global bi-annual conference designed to inspire and connect the next generation of young leaders in agriculture and related disciplines. In 2017, 100 young leaders aged 18 to 25 hailing from 49 countries, will meet in Brussels, Belgium, to create an open dialogue on one of the world’s most challenging questions: how to feed a hungry planet? Following previous editions hosted in Canada and Australia, this year’s Summit is the first to be held in a European city. The Youth Ag-Summit is part of Bayer’s Agricultural Education Program which aims to raise global awareness about farming and food supplies. Find out more about the Program at www.ag-education.bayer.com, https://www.facebook.com/BayerAgEdu/, or on Twitter @BayerAgEdu

About Groene Kring
Groene Kring (GK) is an association for young farmers in Flanders, Belgium, which counts around 3,500 members. GK brings young farmers together via regular activities and events, organizes entrepreneurship education, and protects the interests of young farmers on a regional, national and international level. For more information, visit: www.groenekring.be

About the Fédération des Jeunes Agriculteurs
La Fédération des Jeunes Agriculteurs (FJA) represents young farmers living and working in Wallonia, Belgium. FJA represents the views of 2,800 members, advocating on their behalf at a regional, national and European level. As an official education provider within the agriculatural sector, they also organize training courses. For more information, visit www.fja.be

Bayer: Science For A Better Life
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 2016, the Group employed around 115,200 people and had sales of EUR 46.8 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.7 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, go to www.bayer.com

Note to editors:
Print-quality photos can be downloaded from our website at www.news.bayer.com
TV and multimedia editors can download or order updated film footage about Bayer free of charge at
www.tv-footage.bayer.com

Media Contact:
Saswati Panigrahi
Communications, Bayer Group in India
Tel. +91-22-2531-1234
E-mail: saswati.panigrahi@bayer.com

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer’s public reports which are available on the Bayer website at www.bayer.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.