Young farmer's place at global farming summit
FARMING experiences from countries as varied as China, Costa Rica and Australia will be shared with a young farmer from Clyst Hydon when she represents England at the World Youth Agricultural Summit.
Caroline Trude, 23, will be heading to Canada this summer after fighting off stiff national competition to win one of only three places from England at the summit.
She will be joined by 120 other 18 – 25 year olds at the event. Delegates have been chosen from 20 different counties, from the likes of Spain and Italy, India and Taiwan and Chile and the USA where they will bring their own perspectives as they debate the pressing problem of finding sustainable solutions to feed a growing world.
The summit, entitled Feeding a Hungry Planet and sponsored by Bayer Crop Science, will be held from August 19-25 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The aim is to bring together a group of enthusiastic, like-minded young people from around the world, then provide them with a platform and the chance to express their opinions on food production for an ever-increasing global population.
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Caroline won her place by writing a 2,000-word essay describing her thoughts about the underlying causes of food insecurity and how sustainable agricultural practices could provide practical solutions.
She said: "With the world population predicted to rise to 9 billion by the year 2050, world food security is becoming an increasingly relevant issue. Even today, a billion people do not have enough safe and nutritious food to eat. So it is going to be down to the youth of today – tomorrow's food producers – to start proposing ideas and actions to address this worrying situation."
Caroline, a farmer's daughter who currently works as an office administrator for the Vale Veterinary Centre in Cullompton, is also junior vice chairman for the Devon Federation of Young Farmer's Clubs.
The former Cullompton Community College pupil said: "I was really surprised to hear that I had been selected but I am really looking forward to it and I feel extremely privileged to be given this opportunity."
She said she felt winning a place on the week-long summit would not have been possible without the confidence Young Farmers' had given her. "I have been a member of YFC for eight years and when I joined I was a quiet person but I have done a lot of public speaking which has given me confidence."