It is estimated that by the year 2050, the global population will have soared to over 9 billion people and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has estimated that around 70% more food and fibre will need to be produced by that time.
Year 10, 11 and 12 students from right across Australia are being asked to submit their views on why they think Australian agriculture will be vital to feeding the world in 2050.
The best 100 entries will be selected to attend UNE’s inaugural Generation2050: Project Feed the World conference in Armidale on 1-4 December. Generation2050 incorporates visits to local farms with students undertaking practical activities at UNE related to agronomy, animal science and agribusiness.
Amy Cosby from UNE’s School of Environmental and Rural Science says the event is about encouraging students to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions to worldwide agricultural issues.
“Generation2050 is about nurturing the passion these young adults have for the industry and providing them with the opportunity to interact with students from all around Australia who have a similar interest,” Ms Cosby said.
The 100 students invited to attend will be selected on the basis of a short photo essay. They will be provided with accommodation at a UNE college and all meals and activities will be included. Travel to Armidale will also be subsidised.
“Applications for Generation 2050 close on Monday 21st October and some fantastic thought provoking entries have already been received,” Ms Cosby said.
“It is wonderful to see so many bright young people who want to pursue careers in this sector.”
“It really is one of the most important industries in the world – without highly skilled professionals there is no way we could face the food challenges of the future.
Everyone is involved in agriculture, even if they don’t realise it because we all eat food and wear clothes.”
For more information on Generation2050 or to find out how to apply, please visit www.generation2050.com.au