BCFN YES! Young Earth Solutions

BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) is an international competition for young researchers from all over the world. It was first launched in 2012, with the aim of rewarding the best ideas about food and sustainability.
BCFN YES is a contest which supports scientific research
BCFN YES is a contest for young researchers

2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition

The 2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system.

The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a one-year investigation. This year, a maximum of three teams will be awarded the Research Grant.

Who can participate?

The 2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition is designed for individual or multidisciplinary and cross-national research teams of a maximum of three components. The Competition encourages the participation of teams from different disciplines and countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches.



BCFN YES is a contest which promotes research


Completed proposals must be submitted online through the BCFN web site by June 28, 2017 11:59 p.m. CET.

Research fields

The objective of the research proposal is to make more sustainable one or more themes of the agri-food system, in terms of environmental, social, health and/o economic aspects.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • Sustainable and healthy diets;
  • Urban food systems and policies;
  • Resilient agriculture, land use change and agro-ecology;
  • The nexus between climate change, energy and food;
  • Sustainable water management;
  • Food supply chains;
  • Ecosystems and ecosystem services;
  • Healthy lifestyles;
  • Food waste reduction;
  • Food policy development;
  • Food security: availability, access, utilization, stability;
  • Communication technologies and networks;
  • Youth and women’s involvement in agriculture.

The BCFN wants to support studies that are innovative, have a promise of major impact, and can meet global research needs.

Completed proposals must be submitted via the BCFN website by June 28 2017 11:59pm CET.

BCFN YES! 2017 Jury

2016 Winner Project

Anne-Teresa Birthwright

Anne-Teresa Birthwright


The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus - Jamaica

Shaneica Lester

Shaneica Lester


The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus - Jamaica

The power of action-oriented research affords us the opportunity to practically assist farmers in adapting to the 'new normal' of climate change.

Surviving the Drought: An Irrigation Curriculum for Jamaica's Small-Scale Farmers

The projected impacts of climate change are already being experienced. The farmers in one of Jamaica’s principal agricultural zones have always had to adjust their practices to contend with dry conditions. This project will be an adaptive participatory approach in which farmers in the parish of St. Elizabeth benefit from a Knowledge Transfer Curriculum (KTC). This educational design with a summative evaluation will be used to enhance the knowledge capacity of farmers through adaptive irrigation strategies. Simultaneously pre-selected plots will be classified using a Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) to determine changes in the relative amount of green biomass overtime. These enhancements in irrigation strategies may reduce drought vulnerability by applying practical means of coping with rainfall dependency and water stress. Adaptation at the local level through education, improved irrigation methods and social capital, may improve farming livelihoods and maximize yields.
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