High school students work together on the Food Chain Challenge

Published on
September 23, 2020

High school students from the United States, Sweden and the Netherlands are working together on the Food Chain Challenge. Four Youth Institutes of the World Food Prize Foundation are united in inspiring and facilitating youth in picking up the challenge to feed the world and its growing population.

The challenge

How can we cooperate globally on more locally grown and consumed food? That is the question. It’s up to the students to generate an answer, solution or idea for this. They are allowed to think BIG in which their idea is applicable on a global scale. But they can also think small about how to start a local initiative. The best ideas will be presented and shared during the Youth World Food Day event hosted at the World Food Centre in Ede, the Netherlands, and several places in the world, connected through an online program. After that the ideas are screened and we will look into a plan of action together with you how to realize this idea from concept to reality!

Food Chain Challenge Kick-off, 29 September

On 29 September the participating Dutch, American and Swedish high school students have a Food Chain discussion with Dutch, American and Swedish entrepreneurs. The local entrepreneurs will introduce their products and personal backgrounds and discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses. After the introduction, the entrepreneurs will have a panel discussion on local food, where students can ask questions. After that the students will start working in mixed groups on the challenge!

Programme, Tuesday 29th September, 16.00-18.00 CEST
16.00-16.10 Welcome by Wageningen Youth Institute
16.10-16.40 Panel with local entrepreneurs from Minnesota, New Jersey, Uppsala and Wageningen
16.40-17.45 Group work on Food Chain Challenge in groups
• Groups pick up a challenge of one of the entrepreneurs
• Groups work on their poster and try to finalize it. Final deadline of submission of the poster is 4th October
17.45-18.00 Wrapup and explanation of follow up (expectations towards Youth World Food Day, 16th October)

Award ceremony Youth World Food Day, 16 October

Worlwide World Food Day is held on 16 October. Every year a Youth World Food Day is organized on this day in Ede, the Netherlands. The award ceremony of the Food Chain Challenge will be hosted, alongside many interesting youth initiatives in Global Food security. The group of high school students will attend the online award ceremony and join a debrief of all the concepts and ideas that were put forward by the groups.