Writer: Stuti Mishra
ICT Mumbai’s endeavors extend well beyond the confines of the classroom and help young creators with sprouting knowledge to innovate technologies that will benefit mankind at large.
Mr. Rajat Goel, a second-year student pursuing his M.Tech (Food Engineering and Technology) and working under the mentorship of Prof. Rekha Singhal, is a great example of the same. He has been selected as one of the hundred delegates from all over the world to attend the Youth Ag Summit, 2021.
The Youth Ag Summit is a biennially organized conference where young leaders collaborate to develop sustainable solutions for food security and global agriculture; and hence work towards becoming global instruments of change. Food security, as defined by the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security, means that all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life. Over the coming decades, a changing climate, growing global population, rising food prices, and environmental stressors will have significant yet uncertain impacts on food security. Therefore, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set up by the United Nations General Assembly encourage us to eliminate hunger and poverty by devising sustainable solutions for food security.
Following the Summit, he will be participating in the first-ever virtual YAS University to develop his Thrive for Change project called 'Feeding the Planet Through Alternative Agriculture'. Hardships motivate people to do extraordinary work and Rajat has seen such affliction in his grandfather’s life which inspires him to address this issue of hidden hunger by sustainable growth of our produce. His vision is to develop alternative agriculture practices like the use of hydroponics, aeroponics, microgreen cultivation and work towards a food-secure world with a more sustainable future. He is working towards making agriculture more lucrative than a corporate job before his final project pitch in early 2022.