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BCFN YES! 2015

BCFN YES! 2015

In line with the themes of Expo 2015, the fourth edition of BCFN YES! 2015 gathered together the most highly qualified and expert candidates from the world of higher education to look at the greatest problems faced by the global food system, facilitating a multidisciplinary and international approach.  All participants in the competition were involved in the Youth Manifesto initiative, a charter which forcefully calls on world leaders to deal with the great challenges facing the planet: famine, obesity, food waste and exploitation of the Earth.

“Eco-Sustainable Gardens: Empowering Minority Women” by Ndia Ndum Foy and Okon Archibong Ukeme, and “Analog Forestry: Productive Conservation To Fight Deforestation” by Francesca Recanati were the co-winning projects of BCFN YES! 2015.

BCFN YES! 2015 | HIGHLIGHT

Winner Projects

Nadia Ndum Foy
Cameroon

University of Hohenheim
Cameroon

Okon Archibong Ukeme
Nigeria

University of Hohenheim
Nigeria

With firsthand understanding of the plights of the deprived, we are driven by a belief that nobody, regardless of social status needs suffer food deprivation.

ECO-SUSTAINABLE GARDENS: EMPOWERING MINORITY WOMEN.

Food security according to the 1996 World Food Summit, is when people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for a healthy, active life. Marginalization of minority groups compromises their access to food. The Mbororo are a minority ethnic group in Cameroon with a predominantly semi-nomadic lifestyle making them food insecure. Particularly vulnerable are women who are resource poor and lack access to food physically and economically. This project aims to employ an innovative upland farming approach in establishing an economically viable, eco-friendly gardening system for the Mbororo women; this will be reinforced with the value chain concept. Collective action would ensure higher bargaining power and reduced transaction costs. Higher incomes accruing to the women would improve their economic situation and consequently, their access to food.

Winner Projects

Francesca Recanati
Italy

Politecnico di Milano
Italy

I have a deep interest in the sustainability of food production, and I strongly believe in the role of farmers in the conservation of ecosystems

ANALOG FORESTRY: PRODUCTIVE CONSERVATION TO FIGHT DEFORESTATION

The Amazon is one of the richest ecosystems in the World and its services are fundamental for the global equilibrium. In the last decades, deforestation has been occurring due to human activities, among which food production is the major cause. Its role has been particularly evident along connecting infrastructures, like the Inter-Oceanic highway. Its Peruvian stretch was recently finalized, and the regions crossed by it have become more attractive in terms of trades. Consequently, deforestation in these areas has been increasing. Analog forestry is proposed here as an alternative development model. It is a sustainable agricultural technique, which involves several plant species and maintains the same structure and ecosystem services of the virgin forest. It allows local farmers to make a living from their land without compromising its ecosystem. In collaboration with ArBio, we will implement the analog forestry in Madre de Dios region.

Shortlisted projects

Nigeria

Nigeria

SNACKS AND PROTEIN FOR THE AFRICAN CHILD
Oluwafemi Ajayi
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Poland

Poland

Tutorial on healthy nutrition during pregnancy
Justyna Pandel
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France

France

What the Food
Julia Tasse
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Nepal

Nepal

NATURE'S COLD STORAGE
Kailash Bhattarai
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Italy

Italy

Seaweeds to fight IDD in Vietnam
Chiara Romano
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Italy

Italy

WATS - Wasting Trading System
Angelo Cecinati
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USA

USA

Taking a Bite Out of Hunger
Jacqueline Manning
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Indonesia

Indonesia

Go Tropical Agroforest Foods!
Achmad Solikhin
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Brazil

UniItalo - Centro Universitario Italo Brasileiro
Brazil

Carolin Debertin


Some people choose the music, others politics, other prefer sports, arts or books to change the world. I choose food!

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM AND WHERE DOES IT GO? A PROPOSAL OF AN EDUCATIVE GAME

Weight excess is a concern that has significantly increased in Brazil and in the world. In addition to this fact, the high amount of pesticides used in food production especially in Brazil not only has a direct impact on people's health, but also on the environmental health, impacting directly on a sustainable life on the planet. The following project proposes to continue the development of one game. Until now, three prototypes have been tested in children and specialists. For concretization, it needs to pass through the stages of production and distribution. It is believed that the proposed tool is able to contribute positively to this scenario, by stimulating knowledge and changing habits in an interactive and challenging way. This can be achieved by instigating the questioning of children and young people about the impact on their health and the health of the planet by consuming certain food or food product.
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