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Dear Agvocate,

How do you make people care about feeding a hungry planet? The answer lies in the stories we tell. This month, we’re thrilled to be launching our very own Youth Ag Summit podcast The AgVocate! In our first ever episode, celebrity agvocate Simon Pampena sits down with Daniel Kasprowicz, a YAS alumnus and dietician tackling childhood malnutrition in Madagascar. Tune in to hear what drove Daniel to leave his home village in Poland for the remote community of Mampikony, where hunger is a daily reality for many. 
Listen to the podcast
In future episodes, you’ll hear how our young agvocates are connecting food security, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as stepping up to the plate to ensure there’s enough food to go around in the years ahead. If you have a great idea for what topics we should cover in the podcast – or if you want to be featured in a future episode – then get in touch with us @YouthAgSummit. In the meantime, have a listen, let us know if you like it, and spread the word! 
Meet Generation Zero Hunger
Our 2017 YAS delegates Sophie Healy-Thow, Cassie Hayward, Ebba Engstrom, Carla Espinós Estévez and Juan Casadiego returned to Brussels this June for the European Development Days, an event for the international development community. Their stand showcased YAS projects Agrikua and Imperfect Picks and encouraged visitors to pledge their own #3LittleThings to cut food insecurity, while our agvocates also took to the air with a livestreamed Q&A
Transforming food systems
At the EAT Forum in Stockholm, YAS alumni Katelyn Mann (2015) and Maurizio Chiurazzi (2017) joined Jeff Schell scholar Connor Kiselchuk to discuss why young leaders need a platform and a voice in modern agriculture. Check out Katelyn’s thoughts on the event here. Meanwhile, another 2017 alumna, Shafinaz Hossein, spoke to an audience of 600 global leaders, reminding them that “the risk of doing nothing is the biggest risk you can take”. 
Festival of ideas
Beverley Flatt (2015 YAS delegate turned Content Creation Manager for Bayer Animal Health) was part of the European Youth Event in Strasbourg, organized by the European Parliament, where she spoke about how farming can be a promising career path for ambitious youth.
Farm life in miniature
For Aimee Snowden (YAS 2015), photographing Lego farmers has become an unexpected way to connect the next generation with rural life. Learn how her ‘Little Brick Pastoral’ project is helping to engage youth with agriculture.  
 
Rewarding 'agri-preneurship'
Congratulations to 2015 alumna Henriette Keuffel, who has been awarded the International DLG Prize for her efforts to promote understanding of modern agriculture. Henriette plans to use the prize money to start her own agricultural consulting business. The International DLG Prize promotes youth in farming and is open to applications from around the world.  
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