What Is the World Food Prize?
The World Food Prize was established in 1986 to be the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the world’s food supply. As part of the World Food Prize, the Global Youth Institute (GYI) was created to inspire high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as it relates to agriculture and global food security.
What is the Texas World Food Prize Youth Institute?
Each year area Texas high school students and their teachers are invited to participate in a free event where they can interact with and learn from experts in agriculture and other disciplines related to global food security and network with other enthusiastic students and teachers in Texas.
At this event students are asked to present a research paper addressing issues of poverty, food security and hunger in third world countries around the globe. The top four students (and their teachers) will be selected to attend the Global Youth Institute hosted at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa in October.
About the Program
Texas students in grades 9 – 12 are eligible to participate along with their teacher/mentor. Students must write an original research paper following the 2017 TX Youth Institute Paper Instructions by January 20, 2017. High school seniors are welcome to participate but will not be eligible for the Global Youth Institute since it takes place in October during the next school year.
Students and mentors will be invited to Texas A&M University in College Station on March 3, 2017. The Texas World Food Prize Youth Institute is FREE to eligible students and teachers/mentors. While at the institute, students will present their research papers in a three minute presentation to a panel of judges. Students will have an opportunity to learn about ways they can fight hunger in their own communities and around the world.
Amazing opportunities are available to those students who are selected as Texas Delegates. The Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and Wallace-Carver Fellowships are available to allows high school students to do research with a scientist at a research center around the world or in the United States. Teachers are also eligible for continuing education credit by attending the Global Youth Institute.