Step 1: Select your topic

The Wageningen Borlaug Institute challenges you! How can we make sure that we have safe, fair, healthy, sustainable and enough food for everyone in the future? You can contribute with your assignment! Read here all about the topics you can work on with this project

Choosing a topic

Look at the world around you! What is happening around you? Where do you see problemens and what innovations will the future need? Choose a subject / problem / challenge / technique through which you can contribute to safe, honest, healthy, sustainable and enough food for everyone. Topic chosen? Then sign up for the Wageningen Borlaug Youth Institute of 2018/2019.

Then set up a main question and a few subquestions to answer. Or come to our assignment start up day in march/may/september 2018, for help with your main- and subquestions. If you want to participate in 2018/2019, you can already register at step 2.

What is the world food problem?

The world food problem is a broad concept. Because of the rapid growing of the world's population, it becomes more and more difficult to feed everyone. By 2050, the world's population is expected to have grown by 2 billion to a total of 9 bilion. There is a lot of food available, but the food in the world is not equally divided. This raises a five important questions, these are: How do we divide the food in the world equally? How do we increase the food supply? How do we stop environmental pollution? How do we provide safe food for everyone? How do we make sure everyone stays healthy? These questions can be looked at from diffrent angles. An assignment on the world food problem can therefore be done with help from various subject teachers or even in several subjects at the same time. You can think of economics and geography, but also for example in biology, chemistry, and even history or social sciences.

On this page you will find a number of examples as inspiration for all five questions and you will find a list of subjects per subject.

Topic inspiration

Are we printing our food in 3D in the future?

In the Netherlands, the first 3D-printed bridge has already been constructed. Practically seen, any object can be made with a 3D-printer. Will this become our future way of cooking?

Will we still eat meat in 2050?

In developing countries welfare increases. As a result, the demand for unsustainable luxury products, like dairy and meat, will increase. Can everyone continue eating meat or will we have to move on to sustainable 'plant-based diet' products?

How will we feed large cities in the future?

More and more people are moving from rural to urban areas. People are becoming dependent on others, in their food provision. How should we design transport and market systems to effectively manage food streams into the cities. Or might 'urban farming', for example farming on city roofs, be a future opportunity?

Will everyone soon have a mobile application which tells them what to eat to live an healthy life?

The focus on personal diets increases. What is healthy and needed differs per individual. Could future mobile applications be monitoring us and tell us what's healthy for us as an individual?

How can GPS and drones improve the quality of agriculture?

The Netherlands is worldwide one of the best countries concerning technology and efficient agriculture. Can we use drones to grow crops optimally by for example monitoring when crops need extra water or fertilization?