Eight young innovative rural leaders with a passion for agriculture have been selected to take part in evokeAG 2020, the Asia Pacific’s largest agriculture food tech event. Supported by the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations, each successful evokeAG Future Young Leaders finalist will present their ideas on how we need to shape, and shake-up, our industry.

It is a rare opportunity to voice their ideas in front of an international audience of investors, producers, corporates, researchers, government and industry .“It’s so important for young people to have a voice – especially for Angela Hughes, who is just 18 years old. “We are the next adopters of the industry, the driving force, and we have ideas on the direction we think it needs to take,” said Angela.

Each winner will receive a five-minute presentation opportunity at the event, as well as return economy airfares, accommodation, airport transfers and a delegate pass to evokeAG. For Samuel Johnston, Co-Founder and Director of the #ThankAFarmerForYourNextMeal movement, the on-stage presentation will be an opportunity to share the work he is doing to bridge the divide between the producer and the consumer. “There is a misconception that people who live in the city don’t care where their food comes from. But this is definitely changing and there is a real opportunity for farmers to share their story to close this gap and present new opportunities,” said Samuel.

New Zealand-based entrepreneur Genevieve Griffin-George said the evokeAG Future Young Leaders program will also provide an incredible networking opportunity, and exposure for her start-up, PICMI. “I left my job and made the move to the agricultural industry to make a difference. I have found the agriculture community incredibly supportive and collaborative. I’m looking forward to sharing how the right technology designed with the industry can really help producers,” said Genevieve.

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