The "Next Generation" theme asked several critical questions:
- What are the most pressing future challenges that the global community will face in fighting hunger and poverty?
- Who will be the next generation of leaders to confront such challenges and how do we best prepare and develop these leaders?
- What are the next generation of technologies, methodologies, models and solutions to overcome such challenges?
Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 12, this three-day dialogue addressed the questions above by exploring the following:
- Empowering youth through education and economic opportunities
- The role of private investment in smallholder capital to spur innovation and entrepreneurship
- The coexistence of high-tech agriculture and agro-ecology in promoting sustainability
- New technologies and practices in improving agricultural ecosystems and environmental resource management
- Improving efficiencies along the agricultural value chain and its effect on development, nutrition and health
- Leveraging markets and trade on the macroeconomic level between high-income and developing countries
- Changing demographics and the impact of population and dietary shifts, urbanization and aging
- Maximizing the potential of women and girls in fighting hunger and poverty
- Enhancing communication and collaboration across sectors and among all stakeholders to increase awareness and participation at all levels of advocacy.