Foodathon: Call for Challenges

Achieving SDG2 Zero Hunger depends largely on how global and local food systems cope with trends such as increasing world population, urbanization and climate change, which raise complex challenges to these systems. Food systems must be resilient to the changing world patterns and environmental limits in order to ensure that adequate and nutritious food is available and accessible to all people, at all times. While these problems are complex and boundless, within the Foodathon, teams will work on realistic, practical, and trivial challenges related to food systems that will contribute to achieving Zero Hunger.

To identify the challenges that the young generation encounters in their daily lives, we invite students and young professionals to submit challenges related to their local food system.


The submitted challenge should fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Relate to a local food system, having a link or connection with the global scale.
  2. Contribute to achieving Zero Hunger.
  3. Fit within one of the food system processes (production, transformation, distribution and consumption) or focus on the interlinkage between the processes. 

Selection criteria

  • Creativity: challenges in local food systems that encourage innovative solutions and application of local values, technologies and best practices.
  • Contemporary: relate to topics that are prominent in current debates.
  • Trans-disciplinary: connects and bridges various students, young professionals and research communities from different fields and disciplines in solving local food system challenges.
  • Feasible and output-oriented: yield tangible and measurable results that are practice-oriented and workable within two years.
  • Presentation: the submitted challenge ought to be well described or clarified through additional questions. The online form should also be filled in completely in order to be selected. In addition, you have the chance to upload a 2 minute video, in which you can illustrate and elaborate, in an original and imaginative manner, on the submitted challenge.

    The deadline for the Foodathon Call of Challenges is 30 March 2018.