Youth Ag Summit


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Welcome to the AgVocate - the podcast that advocates for Ag, through the voices of an ever-growing community.



The AgVocate – Episode 1:

How Madagascar Taught Me to Love – Daniel Kasprowicz

In the first episode we hear the story of Daniel Kasprowicz, a young man helping save a generation in rural Madagascar. Daniel traded the safety and security of life in Europe to join the fight against infant malnutrition in the central mountain region of this impoverished country. The nutritionist and clinical dietitian from Poland now saves lives on a daily basis, bringing children back from the brink of starvation.



The AgVocate – Episode 2:

Training the Change Makers of Tomorrow – Kelly Hodgins


In this episode, we hear the story of Kelly Hodgins, a tertiary educator who is finding and training the change-makers of tomorrow. Kelly has been instrumental in establishing a course that teaches students from across a broad range of disciplines about food security and sustainability. Her teaching methods involve partnering businesses with food producers to look for efficiencies along the food chain. By solving real-world problems, Kelly’s students learn firsthand what it takes to feed a hungry planet.

The AgVocate – Episode 3:

Soil is not a Dirty Word - Sam Coggins


In this episode, we hear the story of Sam Coggins, a young man with a passion for soil and the farmers that rely on its protection. Sam works with smallholder farmers in the Asia-Pacific region, transferring knowledge of sustainable soil management to communities big and small. Soil security underpins food security, and through his collaborations, Sam is doing his part in feeding a hungry planet.

The AgVocate – Episode 4:

The Evergrowing Awareness of Louise Fresco


In this episode, we hear from Louise Fresco, Executive Board President of Wageningen University & Research and trailblazer for feeding a hungry planet. From the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea to decision-making bodies of the UN, Louise has accumulated a long list of achievements over a career spanning more than 40 years. But the ambition behind these achievements has never been for prestige or money. Instead, what drives Louise is a need to understand the hardships of people around the world, the reasons why they suffer, and the ways in which that suffering can be stopped. In her words, it is a lifelong search for awareness.

The AgVocate – Episode 5:

The Path to Empowerment - Risper Wanja Njagi & Jesus Madrazo


In this episode, we hear the story of Risper Wanja Njagi, a young Kenyan leading a new generation of AgVocates in the country that she loves. Risper is a founding member of AGRIKUA, an innovative project to educate and empower young women to pursue a career in agriculture. Risper is passionate about fostering leadership and creating role models in smallholder farming communities all across the developing world. We also hear from Jesus Madrazo, Head of Agricultural Affairs and Sustainability at Bayer Crop Science, who speaks to the way industry leaders support the development of young women in agriculture and the pivotal role they will play in feeding a hungry planet.

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System Mapping for Problems Worth Solving, with Maurizio Chiurazzi and Kelly Hodgins



Problems rarely exist in isolation. They exist within a complex system of communities and industries and governments. Only by mapping this system can the deepest level problems be identified. In this episode, we hear from Maurizio Jr. Chiurazzi and Kelly Hodgins, two young change-makers employing the power of System Mapping in their work.

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Charting a Course for Lasting Change, with Alexander Soeriyadi and Aimee Snowden


You have identified a problem worth solving and can envisage a solution that will work. But even if the destination is clear, the way to get there is not. The development of any project will require change-makers to stay flexible while honing their ideas and finding willing customers. In this episode we hear from Alexander Soeriyadi and Aimee Snowden, two young agvocates bringing two very different projects to life.

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Communication is the Key to Funding Success, with Peter Ford and Georgie Aley


Right. It’s time to get funded... but how? In this episode, we speak to Peter Ford and Georgie Aley – two experts who have the answers. They are both masters in the art of communicating with people who have the funds and are looking to invest. At its most exciting this comes in the form of a big captivating pitch that wins over a room of wealthy investors. But it can also take the form a simple one-on-one conversation, bringing a project to life step-by-step. They are important skills to learn for any change-maker dedicated to Feeding a Hungry Planet.

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Path to Nuffield with Jodie Redcliffe and Maycon Santos


Jodie Redcliffe and Maycon Santos are two true AgVocates. Jodie is interim CEO of Nuffield International - an extraordinary scholarship program that sends ag professionals around the world to gain a holistic view of agriculture. Maycon is a wonderful young change-maker from Brazil who is on his own journey of discovery via the Youth Ag Summit. Their paths crossed in Australia earlier this year at Nuffield’s annual Contemporary Scholars Conference. In this episode we hear about their stories and the organizations that brought them together. Want to learn more from Maycon? Don’t forget to check out his blog post about his experience at Nuffield and the 2019 Youth Ag Summit!

Future Episodes

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!