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Growing the Future: Youth Leadership in Food Security

Are you between the ages of 18 and 30? Do you want to join the conversation about changing food systems around the world? Consider the Growing the Future fellowship opportunity.

The Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative and the Global Food Security Project at the  Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) invite young agricultural entrepreneurs to submit applications for the Growing the Future fellowship project.

Selected applicants will travel to Washington, DC, USA to participate in a week long series of meetings and events to highlight the importance of youth leadership in global food security.

Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with senior level leaders in the U.S. Government, NGOs, international financial institutions, foundations, and others working on global food security. The program will foster relationships between young agricultural entrepreneurs from countries in which the U.S. has major agricultural programs and U.S. policymakers, private sector leaders, academics, and other stakeholders in agricultural development.

Both the role of youth in agricultural development and the role of agriculture in reducing youth unemployment are urgent issues facing countries. Young people lead the pack as innovators and problem-solvers; the importance of new and unique approaches to sustainable agriculture is imperative, particularly as the future of U.S. involvement in foreign assistance is in question.

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