Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification - Youth Engagement
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.
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
- Jan Middendorf, SIIL Associate Director, Kansas State University