AGRICULTURAL youth groups united in Canberra recently for the Youth Agricultural Central (YAC) forum hosted by the Future Farmers Network (FFN).
The forum aimed to build on the work industry youth groups are already achieving in Australian agriculture by further developing delegates skills, empowering them to create real long lasting change in their sector.
“Bringing all agricultural youths groups together is quite significant and we hope that during the conference delegates collaborated, learnt and shared ideas, helping to drive young people’s involvement in Australian agriculture further,” said FFN chair Georgie Aley.
During YAC, FFN officially launched the Global Youth Ag Summit Outcomes Report.
The report comes after the success of the inaugural Global Youth Ag Summit held in Calgary, Canada last August, which saw 120 young people come together to tackle the theme of the summit feeding a hungry planet.
Ms Aley attended the Summit as a mentor to the Australian delegation on behalf of FFN and was impressed with the solutions delegates devised to address global food security issues.
“Seeing everyone work together despite their religious, culture or industry views was amazing. Some of the proposed solutions were very well thought out and provide opportunity for real change,” said Ms Aley.
At the end of the Summit the delegates agreed to the following vision: To alleviate global hunger by increasing sustainable access to nutrient-dense food for women and children world-wide with the accepted rally cry of I Act.
“The Summit made it quite apparent that Australia is a global leader in farm innovation and efficiencies," she said.
"However, it was also clear that we have significant underinvestment in agricultural youth compared to other countries in attendance and we need to increase collaboration and reduced duplication across multiple levels including representation and community awareness to gain traction.
“FFN is committed to doing this by providing events such as Youth Agricultual Central which is designed to up skill youth organisations and increase potential collaboration and networking amongst industry,” said Ms Aley.
The full Global Youth Ag Summit Outcomes Report is available on the FFN website.