Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security was the theme for day three of the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit in Ottawa. Delegates had the opportunity to visit a variety of workshops and sessions around positive development and sustainability for the future of the organization and industry.
Developing sustainable agricultural techniques for the future is essential to help reduce global poverty. The summit is using this platform to share new and innovative technologies and ideas with 4-H groups around the world.
The tone was set for the day by keynote speaker Chris Koch, a motivational speaker, farmer, and athlete from Alberta. Chris was born without arms and legs, but he was raised by his family with the mentality that life is what you make it.
“It was hard for my parents to sit back and watch me struggle, but I had to learn to do things on my own,” said Chris.
Despite these setbacks, Chris has never felt like he is different from anyone else. He proved time and time again that if you want something bad enough, you will make it happen.
“You get out of life what you put into it.”
Celebrity Chef Lazarus Lynch was one of many hosts of the day’s workshops where he hosted a ‘global food party’ in the crEATe Kitchen. Other workshops included 4-H Canada showcase on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, soil leadership and the good growth plan, and 4-H in Ghana – a life-changing experience for young people, to list a few.
“I have always wanted to connect globally, and I think that this summit is one of the best opportunities for us to interact with other 4-H members across the world,” said Ben Awuku, a youth delegate from Ghana.
“Looking at business and agriculture practices from other communities is also very helpful and will be something I can bring back with me to Ghana.”