Persone, alimentazione e ambiente.

BCFN YES! 2018

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! 2018

The 2018 BCFN YES! engaged young PhD students and post-doc researchers, inviting them to present a research project to improve the sustainability of our food system.

The 10 finalist teams, selected by the BCFN YES! panel and the Advisory Board of the BCFN Foundation, took to the stage of the 9th International Forum on Food and Nutrition, presenting their projects on 27 November 2018.

On the same stage, on 28th November, the three winners were announced, each rewarded with a €20,000 cheque to fund their research for a year.

Winning projects 2018

Geraldin Lengai

Geraldin Lengai

Kenya

The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology - Tanzania
Kenya

Margaret Gumisiriza Ssentambi

Margaret Gumisiriza Ssentambi

Uganda

The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology - Tanzania
Uganda

Becky Aloo

Becky Aloo

Kenya

The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology - Tanzania
Kenya

Climate Smart Vegetable Production Systems for Food Safety, Environmental Health and Economic Sustainability among Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania

Enhancement of Sustainable Agriculture through adoption of Bio-Integrated Crop Management among Small Holder Tomato Farmers in Tanzania: Conventional versus Non-Conventional Farming Methods.

Agriculture is an important economic activity in Africa. Farmers rely on chemical fertilizers and pesticides for soil enrichment and management of crop pests and diseases respectively. Chemicals are toxic to humans and nontarget organisms, pollute the environment and are expensive. Farmers also rely on rain-fed agriculture and often, rainfall variability results into crop failure. Therefore, there is need for alternatives to synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers and rain-fed farming in pursuit of sustainable agriculture. Biofertilizers and biopesticides are viable options for managing soil fertility, pests and diseases. Similarly, hydroponic farming offers solutions to unreliable rainfed agriculture. This study investigates the use of botanical pesticides and rhizo-biofertilizers for improvement of tomato yield in soil and hydroponic systems among smallholder farmers in Tanzania. The aim is to contribute towards food safety, environmental health and economic sustainability. 





Martina Occelli

Martina Occelli

Italy

Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies - Italy
Italy

The strength of the smallholder farming system does not rely in his granularity, but in the hidden added value generated from the grouping activities.

The Silent Revolution: How smallholder farmers collective knowledge is shaping soil productivity in Ethiopia

In the light of investigating climate change resilience and new strategies for food security, this project departs from soil physiochemical data to evaluate how societal knowledge affects a set of rural performances at the household level in developing countries. The analysis stems from data gathered in the Ethiopian region of Gera Gera (Amhara) and Hagere Selam (Tigray) among 300 households. A unique interdisciplinary level of research, adopting genetic, agronomic and economic knowledge, ensures a highly innovative and systemic methodology. Expected impacts encompass the empowering of smallholder farmers knowledge and the enhancement of small-scale farming resilience to climate change and rural productivity. 





Henry Anton Peller

Henry Anton Peller

USA

The Ohio State University - USA
USA

Cathy Smith

Cathy Smith

UK

The University of Edinburgh - Scotland
UK

We believe in the power of people-centered science that supports farmers to organize, learn together, and amplify agroecological innovations.

YES! to participatory agroecology: Farmer-led plant breeding and soil regeneration in Maya milpas of southern Belize

In living memory, the Maya’s lands in southern Belize have changed in ways that challenge agriculture and food security, with noxious weeds, soil degradation, erratic rainfall, and soaring temperatures. Farmers and scientists around the world are using agroecological innovations to confront these problems, including cover crops to regenerate topsoils and on-farm breeding for crop diversity & evolution. With groups of 20 farmers in 3 villages, we phenotype dozens of cover crop legumes and landrace maize cultivars in controlled farms. We select high-performing material, begin on-farm plant breeding via mass selection, and disseminate selected seeds. Farmer-to-farmer exchanges within and between villages share seeds and practices further. Presentations, publications, and documentary film communicate our story and results with global audiences. We aim show the world that, in building climate and food security, participatory agroecology generates winning innovations and takes them to scale.





Shortlisted projects

Benin

Benin

Contribution of social capital to improve Indigenous Leafy Vegetables (ILVs) business model performance in Benin
Soulé Akinhola Adechian
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The Netherlands

The Netherlands

Changing food practices in a changing food environment: the case of Syrian and Turkish migrants in Almere
Anke Brons
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USA

USA

"We just ate dry bread": Understanding and halting the intergenerational chronic disease outcomes of young adults in Iraqi Kurdistan
Anna Grace Tribble
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Nepal

Nepal

Male out-migration and agricultural feminization: Agricultural productivity and farm drudgery among females in Nepalese agrarian households
Binod Khanal
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Germany

Germany

Can a city feed its people? Analysis of urban soils in Adelaide towards their safety and potential for urban agriculture.
Matt Salomon
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Benin

Benin

Shaping the business environment for successful youth engagement in agricultural entrepreneurship: A case study of Benin/West Africa
Frejus Thoto
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Germany

Germany

Can information campaigns break the food insecurity and migration trap? A randomized experiment in Edo State, Nigeria
Moritz Gallei
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Jury BCFN YES! 2018

BCFN YES! 2018 - Oliver Oliveros Oliver Oliveros
Agropolis Fondation
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BCFN YES! 2018 - Francesca Scazzina Francesca Scazzina
Università di Parma
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BCFN YES! 2018 - Francesco Visioli Francesco Visioli
Università di Padova
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BCFN YES! 2018 - Oliver Witard Oliver Witard
University of Stirling
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Download the competition notice for BCFN YES! 2018.

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