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BCFN YES! 2013

BCFN YES! 2013

After the success of the first edition in which approximately 3,000 young people participated from across the world, the second edition of Young Earth Solutions gave voice to the best ideas on the theme “Food and Sustainability: how to reduce our environmental impact, guaranteeing health and access to food to all”.

VALUE+ was the winning project. Conceived and designed by the multidisciplinary team consisting of Makame Mahmud, Rahsin Jamil and Al-Jamee Jawad Khan, it represents a sustainable solution for the creation of greater food security in urban slums, starting with Dhaka in Bangladesh, the city with the highest population density in the world.

BCFN - 5th International Forum on Food and Nutrition

Winner Projects

Makame Mahmud

Makame Mahmud

Bangladesh

University of Dhaka
Bangladesh

Rahsin Jamil

Rahsin Jamil

Bangladesh

University of Dhaka
Bangladesh

Al-Jamee Jawad Kha

Al-Jamee Jawad Kha

Bangladesh

University of Dhaka
Bangladesh

BCFN YES! has given me a platform to generate an idea to ensure food security for the people living in the bottom of the pyramid!

Value+

"The war against hunger is truly mankind's war of liberation" - John F. Kennedy. There are still people in the modern world who are fighting this war. These are people who reside in urban slums - places with substandard housing and squalor. Slums exist mostly in third world countries where governments and NGO constantly deal with more pressing developmental issues, which is why often urban slums have lagged behind on the priority ladder. However, 200 million urban slum-dwellers across the globe, is too big of a number to ignore. Safe-affordable-nutritious food is far from their reach. So, is it possible to build a sustainable and scalable solution tailored to create greater food security in urban slums? We can start off with Dhaka, the most densely populated city in the world. A staggering 40%(~6 million) of the population live in urban slums. Nominal income and unhealthy living conditions pose a great challenge to secure a healthy diet. Combating food insecurity in urban slums of Dhaka triggered the idea of VALUE+ , an integrated food network that addresses everything from lowering food prices to reducing food wastage. It is a model that can be easily implemented in cities with similar phenomenon across the world.

Shortlisted projects

USA

Crickets and Sudangrass: An Alternative Approach to Feeding the World
Zachary Dashner
+

Taiwan

An Internet Food Platform for Global Information, Exchange and Transaction
Chloe Yin Yin Lo
+

Indonesia

THE MIRACULOUS MORINGA
Musawwir Muhtar
+

Italy

REFOOD: fair and tasty. A responsible practice of consumption.
Giulia Del Bosco
+

Canada

Youth Food Policy Committee Action Team
Cassandra Ly
+

Italy

The grass is always greener on the other side; thanks to you!
Monica Pianosi
+

Italy

i-dontwaste: self-monitoring and improving our food wasting attitude
Maurizio Garrione
+

India

The Health Footprint - Making Food Sustainability a Trend
Aastha Malhotra
+

Nepal

Learn from Arabs: Focus on comparative advantage to ensure food security
Raj Uprety
+

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Vestine Uwiringiyimana

Vestine Uwiringiyimana

Rwanda

Università Kigali Institute of Science and Technology
Rwanda

I participated in the BCFN YES! Competition in order to share my idea in bringing solutions to the current worldwide challenges in food and nutrition topics.

Fruity Homes, Fruity Cities

Micronutrient malnutrition is a major issue in developing countries and in Rwanda particularly. Fruity Homes, Fruity Cities project seeks to reduce micronutrient malnutrition in Rwanda by increasing the consumption of fruits. Additionally, it will ensure food security, provide a source of income for the local population and a sense of responsibility in environmental sustainability. The project will consist in planting one to three fruit trees in every household using improved tropical fruit tree varieties that offer high nutrition, produce high yields and resistant to pests and diseases. Local nursery beds will be constructed at cell level. In ensuring full participation of the population, the seedlings will be freely distributed. Trainings through the local agronomists will be given to the participants on organic gardening, proper management of fruit trees and post-harvest handling and preservation of the fruits. As fruits will be accessible to all, it is hoped that health would be guaranteed from fruit consumption at the same time ensure food security. Lastly, income will be generated from selling the fruits trees and the planting of fruits will preserve the environment contributing to climate change reduction in Rwanda.
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