Winners Wageningen Borlaug Youth Institute go to Des Moines, USA

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September 5, 2018

The team Seaweed alias 'De Vier van Wier' has ideas to promote the production of seaweed in the Netherlands and to make the eating of seaweed more popular. With this ideas they won the Wageningen Borlaug Youth Institute, which was awarded for the first time in the Netherlands during the SDG Conference on 31 August 2018.

This prize aims to inspire the coming generation (secondary school students, 5/6 havo/vwo) to express ideas and to give their advice for a better world. The participants searched for a solution for one of the biggest challenges we face in the world: how to feed the world sustainably. The award was handed out by Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, Carola Schouten, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and Louise O. Fresco, president Wageningen University & Research, at the end of second day of the SDG Conference.

Jury was impressed

The jury was very impressed by all the students. The jury consisted of Dean of Education Arnold Bregt, Martine Boon, head of Banking for Food Education and Engagement at Rabobank, and nature documentary maker Ruben Smit. Quote from the jury report: “The students showed their passion, commitment and knowledge.
Not only in their research reports, presentations and vlogs but also in Questions and Answers (Q&A) with the jury and the discussion that followed. They showed their interest for each other's projects and were not afraid to provide feedback to their peers. Even we learned new things, for example that it's an eight month flight to Mars.” The jury assessed the entries on content, storytelling, drive and passion, vlogs, feasibility and research. All of the projects have their own strengths. Some even excelled on some parts. The team that stood out, all aspects considered, was team Seaweed (de Vier van Wier) with Marloes Ruiter, Esmee Kranenburg, Dennis Vlegels and Maxime Brandenburg. This team goes to the USA in October 2018 to join the competition of the Global Youth Institute during the World Food Prize in Des Moines.

High school students in conversation with minister Carola Schouten.
Guy Akkermans

More information?

For more information and registration for the 2019 edition, have a look at the internetpage Wageningen Borlaug Youth Institute or contact Simone Ritzer.

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