The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) is an international idea center with the objective to analyze the predominant issues tied to food and nutrition around the world. It works by gathering experiences and qualified skills worldwide and fostering an ongoing, open dialogue using a rigorous, multidisciplinary approach.
BCFN Young Earth Solutions (YES!) is an annual contest that challenges students worldwide to develop new sustainable ideas on food and nutrition. Finalists' ideas will be presented at the next International Forum on Food and Nutrition in Milan, Italy, this October. Registration open until May 31st.
Students interested in participating in BCFN YES! must submit a project idea for a solution to the topic of sustainability in the food supply system. The best ideas will be presented before an audience of international experts during the Seventh International Forum of Food and Nutrition.
This year, the Forum will take place within the International EXPO in Milan, Italy - "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", a global showcase and platform to exchange ideas and share solutions on the theme of foodThe 2015 winner, individual or team, will receive an award of 10,000 Euros (approximately $9,000) to implement the winning idea.
Last year’s winner was Gianna Bonis-Profumo, a Spaniard of Italian heritage, who lives and studies in Australia. Passionate about sustainable development and the valuing of women in agriculture, she submitted a project entitled “Food and Nutrition Hub – Integrated Food Production and Nutrition Education,” to fight against the high level of malnutrition in rural areas in Southeast Asia through a system of family gardens cultivated using sustainable practices and marked by savings and the elimination of waste. The Food and Nutrition Hub creates centers for nutrition in villages and can teach the value of a healthy diet to mothers, who are often the main cultivators of these small pieces of land, to improve the health of children and entire families.
“I would like to encourage every student to send their ideas,” said Gianna Bonis-Profumo, “because it is very important that we young people get involved in finding solutions to current challenges, to improve the food system, reduce obesity, improve and promote sustainable agriculture. It’s an important opportunity to meet people with big ideas and create a network to help make the world a better place.”