It was the 14th of October, 2018 when I touched down in Rome for the very first time. I was extremely excited to have been nominated to participate in the 45th Committee on World Food Security (CFS45). I was nominated as a youth representative to give a better, in-depth perspective on youth engagement in agriculture. Who else should speak for youth other than youth ourselves?
In an era marked by volatility and uncertainly, the world prepares to feed a growing population with a declining resource base. Sustainably increasing production to levels required to ensure global nutritional security is one of today's world's greatest problems.
On the final day of the Plenary week of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS45), everybody was saying, "See you next year!"; my answer was "Next year, I will have even more input and I will be busy engaging more youth!” CFS45 and especially the work of the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) boosted my views that we must continue to follow the best practice of engaging youth in agriculture.