Plant Production and Protection

Voices of Youth for Sustainable Mechanization & Digitalization

Thursday, 28 September 2023 | 12:30 to 14:00 | Sheikh Zayed International Media Center (FAO, HQ in Rome)

Roma (Italy), Hybrid Event, 28/09/2023

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing the first-ever Global Conference on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (GAMC), with the theme “Efficiency, Inclusiveness and Resilience” from 27 to 29 September 2023. On 28th September 2023, in the sidelines of this global event, the youth have not been left behind, as GAMC will host the side event, “Voices of Youth for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization and Digitization”, tailored for young people in the agrifood sector. The side event, as highlighted in its theme gives young agricultural professionals from across the globe an opportunity to raise their voices on key issues from their own experiences in the context of sustainable mechanization in the agrifood sector.

The event brings together agricultural youths ranging from digital agri-entrepreneurs, researchers, public, private, and international development sector players etc., all with a direct contact with farmers in their sphere of work, more so a common goal of sustainably mechanizing agriculture.

The event will be held during the lunch break 12:30 to 14:00 in the Sheikh Zayed International Media Center (FAO, HQ in Rome).


Moderator:  Mayling Flores Rojas, Agricultural Mechanization Systems Officer, FAO 

Co-moderator:  Vuyo Maphango, Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization Consultant, FAO 

Time Activity Responsible(s) 
12:30-12:35  Opening remarks Beth Bechdol, 
Deputy Director-General, FAO 
12:35 -13:35Presentations 
12:35-12:45 A young entrepreneur’s journey: Opportunities in Agri-hire Business Models Kouamé Souahode 
CEO and founder, Ferm’bio Sarl, Côte d’Ivoire 
12:45-12:55 Hire services of scale appropriate sustainable mechanizationYashim Reyes 
Technical advisor, CIMMYT, 
12:55- 13:05
From policy to action in support of youth lead agricultural mechanization initiatives
Sanjeeb Bimali 
Agricultural Engineer  
MoA Department of Agriculture 
Innovation hubs for scaling youth entrepreneurship in the digital-agrifood sectorAziza Cheikhna 
Digital Transformation project manager  
Hadina RIMTIC Incubator 
Agrobotics for sustainable mechanization: The Story of E-TerryMartha Wenzel 
CEO and Co-founder  
13:25-13:55 Discussion  
13:25-13:55 Q&AMayling Flores Rojas
Agricultural mechanization systems officer, FAO
Vuyo Maphango,  
Sustainable agricultural mechanization consultant, FAO 
13:55-14:00Closing remarksJosef Kienzle
Lead Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization, FAO


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