Wageningen Youth Institute 3 March 2021

How do we feed the world in 2050 in a fair, sustainable and healthy way when the world population rises to 10 billion? Wageningen Youth Institute invites high school students from all over Europe to be involved in solutions!

Organised by Wageningen University

Wed 3 March 2021 13:00 to 16:00

Venue Online


Students did their own research by working on the Global Challenge and will talk to experts (scientists, entrepreneurs and policymakers) about their opinion and advice in roundtable discussions. Furthermore we are offering an interesting and inspiring talkshow!

The winner of WYI 2021 will attend the World Food Prize in Des Moines, the United States, in October 2021. He or she meets students and experts from all over the world and participates in the Global Youth Institute.

13.00-14.00 Online talkshow. Among the guest Mr Simon Groot, World Food Prize laureate 2019 and owner of the company East-Wedst Seed. Furthermore we will talk with Linda Klunder, co-owner of the company Kumasi Drinks. During her studies at Wageningen University, Linda co-founded a company to use waste product from cacao to make juice. This way, farmers in Ghana can get a better price for their product and it’s a way to limit food losses. We invite you to watch their documentary about the cacao business about the start of their company Kumasi Drinks, working with big companies and African farmers.
14.00-15.30 Roundtable discussions
15.30-16.00 Wrap up by Louise Fresco, Presidents of the Executive Board of WUR and Evi Vet, UN Youth Representative Biodiversity and Nutrition.


Student and teachers can register before 15 February, 9.00 CET.

What is a roundtable discussion?

  • During a roundtable discussion six to eight high school students and two or three experts sit at a table. Together they discuss the research that the students have conducted and the Global Challenge essay they have written.
  • The high school students take turns in pitching their advice in three minutes. The experts will then respond to the pitch and a pre-designated student will ask a question.
  • You cannot use a (powerpoint) presentation for the pitch. However, you can show items on screen during your pitch.
  • After all pitches there is time for a joint discussion in which the pitched problems and solutions will be elaborated on.
  • After the roundtable discussions, all participants will receive a Borlaug Scholar certificate.

Structure of the roundtable discussion
Activity Time
Welcome, introduction and guidelines 10 minutes
Pitch of three minutes by each student Questions by the experts One question from a pre-designated student 50 minutes
Discussion about problems and solutions to the global food issue 20 minutes
Wrap up 10 minutes