The number of people on this earth is increasing rapidly and by 2050 we will probably have a world population of 10 billion. That is far more than today. How do we prevent people from going hungry, how do we keep everyone healthy and how do we ensure that we produce and transport enough food in a sustainable yet profitable way?
It is a huge challenge, but with one small idea you can contribute to a sustainable world in the future.
Of course, the best ideas do not have to come from researchers or students alone. Wageningen University & Research thinks that high school students can have very creative and unexpected ideas. With the Wageningen Youth Institute, we are asking these high school students to help us solve the world food problem.
For example, they can participate in the Global Challenge of the World Food Prize Foundation with pupils from all over Europe. Wageningen Youth Institute also offers them (expert) guidance if their profile paper or Meesterproef (for the subject Research & Design) is about a topic that fits the global food problem.
Yasmin pitched her idea on Hydroponic
In 2019, Yasmin Dijksterhuis participated in the Wageningen Youth Institute. There she pitched Hydroponic greenhouses as a possible solution for growing crops in places where that is very challenging, for example due to extreme weather conditions.
With this idea, she was also awarded the KNAW education prize for best VWO profile paper. (Article in newspaper in Dutch)
And is now helping other high school students
Yasmin is now studying Plant Sciences (in Dutch) in Wageningen and is helping other high schoolers with their profile paper or Meesterproef via the Wageningen Youth Institute.