Global Youth Institute: working toward a sustainable food supply for all

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 1:45pm

Minnesota youth met with global leaders and industry experts at the Global Youth Institute to explore creative solutions to world hunger issues

Collaborating on world hunger: This October, ten high school students represented Minnesota as delegates to the World Food Prize Forum’s Global Youth Institute. The highly selective annual event is held in Des Moines, IA.  It draws 1,200+ international guests, including leaders in science, business, philanthropy, and policy, to discuss solutions to global hunger issues.

Land O’Lakes and CFANS team up: Students were chosen from nearly 100 participants in the Minnesota Youth Institute (MNYI), hosted by the U of M’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) with involvement from Land O’Lakes. These students were challenged to research solutions to local and global hunger issues, and get excited about the possibilities to improve global food security within the agricultural industry. Read more

Global Youth Institute: Students continue to foster their ideas and challenge their perspectives of the world. They engage with international experts, tour innovative industrial and research facilities, and get involved with hands-on projects.

By participating in the Global Youth Institute, students are also eligible to apply for the prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers around the world.

An optimistic outlook: For the first time this year, collegiate delegates also attended the Global Youth Institute. One such delegate is a former MNYI participant, Priscilla Trinh, now a first-year student at CFANS. Of her experiences with MNYI and the Global Youth Institute, Trinh says:

Rather than dwell on the Earth’s dismal predicament, I am now buoyed with greater optimism for the future of food supply and power of collaboration. My intentions to pursue food and technology at the U of M are bolstered and I hope to spread this enthusiasm far beyond the classroom.

— Priscilla Trinh

Photo: MN Youth Institute, CFANS