The World Food Prize Foundation

2018 Side Events

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification - Youth Engagement

10/18/2018 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Council Bluffs Room, 3rd Floor | Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Zach Stewart

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification – Youth Engagement Side Event

Increasing youth empowerment and livelihoods is a key goal of Feed the Future, mostly because supporting and empowering youth can help to sustainably reduce global hunger, malnutrition and poverty. With one third of the total population — about 2.3 billion people —between the ages of 15-34 years old, there is no better time to focus on youth. About 80 percent of these young people live in developing countries. The largest youth populations are in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where youth un/under-employment is high[1].
This side event will feature “Youth Engagement” where we will have representatives from Senegal (ISRA researcher and Peace Corps Volunteer), Cambodia (CE SAIN researchers), and the United States (Borlaug-Ruan International Fellow). Dr. Vara Prasad, SIIL Director, will make opening remarks, and Dr. John Bowman, Bureau for Food Security (BFS)/USAID will make closing remarks highlighting how institutions can facilitate these partnerships and provide opportunities to engage youth in global agriculture.

Speakers will include:

  • John Bowman, Program Area Leader, Bureau for Food Security (BFS), USAID
  • Lyda Hok, CE SAIN Director, Cambodia
  • Adam Keally, Peace Corps Volunteer, Senegal
  • Channaty Ngang, Graduate Student, Cambodia
  • Vara Prasad, SIIL Director, Kansas State University
  • Zach Stewart, Assistant Research Professor, Kansas State University
  • Fatou Tine, Graduate Student/Researcher, Senegal

Panel Moderator:

  • Jan Middendorf, SIIL Associate Director, Kansas State University
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