Persone, alimentazione e ambiente.

BCFN YES! 2017

BCFN YES! 2017


The 2017 edition of BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) returned this year with a challenge: young PhD students and post doc researchers from around the world were invited to put forward innovative projects in the field of food sustainability.

This year there was a new prize, namely a research grant worth €20,000 for a year, which could be assigned to up to three winning projects.

Like each year, the finalists were presented at the International Forum on Food and Nutrition, and it was on this stage, in front of an audience of experts, that the two winning projects were announced.

BCFN YES! 2017 Highlights

Winner Projects

Laura Garzoli

Laura Garzoli

Italy

National Research Council - Institute of Ecosystem Study (CNR-ISE)
Italy

I truly believe we should rethink our shared awareness on the close link among food-quality, environmental sustainability, and life-quality

YES!BAT - SUSTAINABLE RICE FIELDS: SAY YES! TO BATS

Rice, the primary staple food for half of the humanity, requires pesticides to achieve good yields, with consequential risks for the environment and human health. YES!BAT project promotes an Integrated Pest Management strategy to enhance ecosystem services provided by bats in rice agroecosystems. It is based on the employment in rice fields of bat boxes (artificial roosts) to encourage bats into areas where there are few roosting sites. The success of bat colonization in differently managed rice fields located in Piedmont (NW Italy) will be evaluated. Analyses of guano, collected from the occupied boxes, will provide information on pest-predated species and on emerging agricultural pests (chirosourveillance service). Through dissemination activities and materials, including a best practices document, YES!BAT aims at raising the awareness on the importance of bats and at promoting well-managed rice paddies as virtuous examples of traditional landscapes with an ecological value.

Winner Projects

 Joana Abou Rizk

Joana Abou Rizk

Lebanon

University of Hohenheim - Germany
Lebanon

Theresa Jeremias

Theresa Jeremias

Germany

University of Hohenheim - Germany
Germany

A great path to sustainably rebuild post-crisis Syria and improve the nutrition situation in Lebanon is by raising healthy generations from early life.

Maternal and child nutrition among refugees and host communities in Greater Beirut, Lebanon: A focus on anemia

Malnutrition during the first 1000 days of life can have lifelong effects on a child’s development and constitute a window of opportunity to address nutritional deficiencies. In Lebanon, having the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, the nutritional status of children under-five and women of reproductive age is increasingly compromised by the protracted crisis. Up to date, there is a lack of studies assessing anemia and its associations with nutritional status, child feeding practices, mental health and household food insecurity in this context. This project is composed of two phases, a cross-sectional and an intervention study among mother/child pairs of Syrian refugees and their Lebanese host communities attending primary healthcare centers in Greater Beirut. The aim is to examine the underlying causes of anemia and to improve maternal and child nutrition using sustainable nutrition education approaches to fight hidden hunger in Lebanon and post-conflict Syria.

Shortlisted projects

Italy

Italy

CDC - Climate and Diet Change: The Role of International Law
Giovanni Sciaccaluga
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France

France

Overcoming the obsolete opposition between formal and informal seed systems: toward the necessary coherence of West Africa seed legislations
Morgane Leclercq
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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Towards desired food systems: A community visioning approach
Leon Gwaka
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United States

United States

Using Forests to Support Nutrition During Times of Drought: A Multinational Social-Ecological Analysis
Matthew Cooper
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Switzerland

Switzerland

Appropriate Information Technologies for Agricultural Sustainability (AITAS)
Christian Andres
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Nigeria

Nigeria

Pollution to Production: An environmental remediation approach for biogas production under cowpea cultivation.
Ikoko Chioma Bella
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Philippines

Philippines

Addressing the Regional Food Security Issues: The Small Island Ecosystem Stability and Food Security Nexus
Edgar Jr Reyes
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Ghana

Ghana

Effects of Domestic Market Institutions on Third-Party Certification Programs and Attendant Impacts on Intermediary Buyers and Smallholders
Ebenezer Offei Ansah
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Jury BCFN YES! 2017

BCFN YES! 2017 - Francesco Visioli Francesco Visioli
Università di Padova
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