Following a long-standing tradition, the 30th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth took place again in the House of Bavarian Agriculture Herrsching. This modern and innovative training and conference centre is the central training institution of the Bavarian Farmers' Association. In line with the central theme of learning in dialogue on Lake Ammersee, adults experience an intensive educational programme in agriculture.
Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Cem Özdemir summarises the 30th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth as follows in his welcoming address in the proceedings of the workshop:
"Leaders from rural youth work from 38 countries have completed a Workshop with the motto 'Ready to act – tackling the challenges'.
It was the 30th Workshop in this series of events which has existed since 1962 – a good tradition which, at the same time, points to the future as it is the participants who are going to signifcantly shape this future. You have acquired new knowledge and were able to learn from the experience of others while at the same time making valuable new international contacts."
During the ceremonial opening of the workshop, Dr Hanns-Christoph Eiden, President of the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, addressed the participants with the following words:
"There are historical moments when time changes its direction. We are at such a turning point right now. The manifold and coexisting threats and crises we are facing worldwide require answers but they also present an opportunity. The motto of the 30th International Leadership Workshop could not have been more appropriate. Successful joint action in diversity is decisive in order to master the global challenges and to become and remain resilient ourselves."