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! 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. A maximum of three teams will be awarded the Research Grant.

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Download the competition notice for BCFN YES! 2018.

Applications will through the BCFN website will open at the end of February.

Who can participate?

The 2018 BCFN YES! 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.

Applicants who are currently pursuing doctoral degrees are eligible, as well as researchers with a completed PhD. All applicants must be/have enrolled after January 1st, 2012, included.

All participants must be under the age of 35 at the date of November 28, 2018.

Deadline

Completed proposals must be submitted online through the BCFN web site by June 14, 2018 11:59 a.m. CEST.

Research fields

The 2018 BCFN YES! calls for concrete research proposals for making more sustainable the agri-food system (in terms of environmental, social, health and/or economic aspects), that are coherent with the BCFN research projects.

Research proposals are to be proposed in one or more of the following areas:

  • Sustainable and healthy dietary patterns;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Food security.

The BCFN wants to support studies that are innovative, have a promise of major impact, are result-oriented and look at food systems and food value chains with a systemic approach, preferably, where relevant, blending scientific knowledge with local knowledge. Country case studies and identification of best practice are strongly encouraged.

Contacts

For inquiries regarding the contest phases and application material please contact bcfnyes@barillacfn.com
For technical issues with the online section please contact hd-bcfn@gag.it

For frequently asked questions please visit our Q&A section.

Winning projects 2017

 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.





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