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DAY FOUR
In this final Daily Digest, Farming First is bringing you updates from the annual Global Youth Institute, run by the World Food Prize Foundation to encourage the next generation of agricultural professionals to understand the key issues facing the sector and get hands-on experience.
 

 

2020 Global Youth Institute
The annual Global Youth Institute kicked off last Friday, bringing more than 200 student delegates from Bahrain, Canada, China, Cuba, Honduras, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States together virtually to discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues. During this year’s event, student leaders will be given opportunities to connect with one another, present and discuss their own research papers with international experts, and virtually tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities. This week started with a focus on the Iowa Hunger Summit, sessions in the upcoming days will explore topics including the role of youth in inspiring climate action and the power of gastronomy to drive change in food systems.
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2020 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship Award Recipients
Donald Gee and Andie Pinga were named as the two award recipients from the class of 2019 Borlaug-Ruan International Interns. A Des Moines native, Gee conducted research on improving springshed management and reviving springs with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pinga, from Vermont, researched barriers preventing mothers with children under two-years-old from consuming diverse diets with the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation. Gee now studies environmental engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology while Pinga studies economics and anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Youth as Catalysts for Agricultural Transformation

There is an increasing movement to advance school-based agricultural education. This side event, hosted by AgriCorps, Humanitas Global, Michigan State University, OFW Law and The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University, discussed how youth, as change agents, can be the catalysts within their communities to drive the uptake of improved agricultural innovations, leading to agricultural transformation.
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“I Am Agriculture” Youth Campaign – #IamAg
Farming First’s ‘I Am Agriculture’ campaign explores the vast opportunities open to young people interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. With inspirational stories from professionals and insights into different career paths, it is a useful resource for interested students. Share your own #IamAg stories online!
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Farming First's top picks of news and content from the 2020 Global Youth Institute.
George Washington Carver Internship Awarded 

Six students have been selected by the World Food Prize to receive the George Washington Carver Internship Program, which allows students to learn more about the non-profit sector as well as the importance of food security. The recipients are Eleora Demuth, Montana Gam-Ad, Molly Hart, Grace Long, Ashley Rolf and Luke Sloterdyk.
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Leadership Evolution of Youth Education Programs

The World Food Prize Foundation announced the realignment of its youth education program leadership on Friday, reflecting the growth and expansion of its innovative programs in global food security for students around the world. Effective on the day of the announcement, Keegan Kautzky was named Senior Program Director of the World Food Prize Global Youth Programs and Partnerships.
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Students Selected for the Borlaug-Ruan Internship

The World Food Prize Foundation has selected 13 students, hailing from universities all over the United States, for its prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship. For the first time in the program’s 22-year history, the Foundation offered innovative, online internships for the students this past summer.
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There are vast opportunities for young people to get involved in agriculture! Hear more from how these young people in the Farming First TV videos below.
Bringing Youth into Agricultural Policy
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Young Farmers Acting on Climate Change
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Youth Driving Agri-Tech Adoption
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