Inspired by diversity: International Rural Youth Meeting in Herrsching
Exchange experiences and learn from each other – across national borders. That was what the about 100 participants in the 28th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth aimed at.
At the Haus der bayerischen Landwirtschaft in Herrsching on lake Ammersee, and from 9 to 22 August 2017, they worked on their leadership skills, elaborated ideas for the sustainable development of rural areas and learned how to organise and implement them. In doing so, the almost 100 guests from 55 nations continued a 55-year-old tradition that goes back to 1962 and aims at motivating young people to assume responsibility for their own future.
Since then, almost 2,000 participants, male and female, from more than 150 nations have taken the opportunity for international encounters and exchange. This year, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) organised the Leadership Workshop in Herrsching on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
"Only by joining our efforts will we be able to guarantee our future production of sufficient and, especially, healthy food for an unevenly growing world population. To fight hunger and malnutrition sustainably by providing balanced diets, agricultural production must be diverse, to make sure that healthy fruits and vegetables and protein products are available to consumers in good quality and at affordable prices", Dr. Hanns-Christoph Eiden, president of the BLE, pointed out during the inauguration.
Think solutions "on site" within rural areas
"German development cooperation intends to strengthen rural areas and rural populations in particular and to assure their viable local future worldwide. What unites us: Proper solutions "for the countryside" must be thought locally, in each rural area, and must be geared and adapted to the various local disparities. Young rural youth leaders are the carriers of this local commitment!", so Eiden.
In Germany, under Minister Christian Schmidt, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has launched a national federal programme for rural development. It aims at creating competitive rural areas with profitable jobs as well as the necessary infrastructure and good conditions for mobility. The BLE implements the federal programme for Germany.
Also, the event is held under the auspices of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The Haus der Bayerischen Landwirtschaft in Herrsching is responsible for the conception and direction of this internationally unique seminar.