Persone, alimentazione e ambiente.

BCFN YES! 2017

Sustainable development is our challenge

Since the very first edition, BCFN YES! has embodied the identity and the ambition of the BCFN Foundation. Indeed, it brings together young people from around the world, with different disciplinary approaches, and invites them to come up with practical projects to create a better balance between food sustainability and environmental sustainability.

The goal of the contest is to find solutions to the food paradoxes, through innovative, practical and multi-disciplinary ideas.

BCFN YES! 2017

The 2017 edition of BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) once again lays down a challenge for young PhD students and post-doc researchers from around the world, inviting them to come up with innovative projects in the field of food sustainability.

The new feature of this edition is the prize on offer: a research grant of €20,000 for one year which this time will be awarded to a maximum of three winning projects.

Like every year, the finalists will be presented at the International Forum on Food and Nutrition, and it is at this event, in front of a collection of experts, that the winner will be announced.

Winning 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.





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.





Shortlisted projects

Zimbabwe

Towards desired food systems: A community visioning approach
Leon Gwaka
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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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Italy

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

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

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

Appropriate Information Technologies for Agricultural Sustainability (AITAS)
Christian Andres
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United States

Using Forests to Support Nutrition During Times of Drought: A Multinational Social-Ecological Analysis
Matthew Cooper
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Jury BCFN YES! 2017

BCFN YES! 2017 - Roberta Sonnino Alexandra Johnstone
University of Aberdeen
bio
BCFN YES! 2017 - Oliver Oliveros Oliver Oliveros
Agropolis Fondation
bio
BCFN YES! 2017 - Francesca Scazzina Francesca Scazzina
Università di Parma
bio
BCFN YES! 2017 - Francesco Visioli Francesco Visioli
Università di Padova
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