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17 October 2019

Growing young agripreneurs – How can the next generation of agribusinesses support the transition to sustainable agriculture?

Successful young agripreneurs share their views on sustainable agriculture, highlighting their experiences in starting and building their businesses. An opportunity to discuss solutions and support mechanisms to attract young people to agriculture.

Photo: Food for Thought.

This event is part of the 46th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 46).

Attracting young people into agriculture in times of climate change and supporting them in their journey to successful agribusinesses remains a huge challenge. Can the transition to sustainable agriculture become an opportunity? This session will bring together young representatives from the agriculture and food sectors from different countries who are successfully active in various parts of the agri-food value chain. They will share their views on sustainable agriculture and highlight their experiences in starting and building their businesses.

Together with the participants, they will discuss solutions to attract other young people to agriculture and to generate agri-businesses throughout the value chain. This will include how different support mechanisms can be improved to become more effective and accessible to other young agripreneurs in order to successfully transform to sustainable agriculture and food systems. The event will feature young working with agriculture.


  • Introduction by Per Callenberg, State Secretary to the Minister for Rural Affairs, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden
  • Agnes Jörgensen, the Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF), Sweden
  • Nikki Pilania, Chaudhary Agriculture Services Pvt. LTD. Pilibhit, India
  • Mashiri Zvarimwa, European Commission- Task Force Rural Africa,  South Africa
  • Carlos Castellanos, Cultivando Futuro, Colombia
  • Anna Hovhannisyan, Chir’s House and YPARD, Armenia
  • Closing remarks by Sylvie Aubert , Chair Person of Swiss FAO Committee.

Moderators: Tom Anyonge, IFAD and Ileana Grandelis, FAO.

Refreshments will be served prior to the event on the ground floor, by the Tree of Life statue next to the FAO Library. 


From 17 October 2019 at 16:00 to 17 October 2019 at 17:30


Red Room
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla