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Young Earth Solutions research grant competition

The reckless use of resources, food waste, half of the global population characterised by an unbalanced relationship with food – either an excess or deficiency of – are problems requiring concrete and immediate interventions right across the food supply chain.

The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition has been supporting the active participation of young people since 2012, the year Young Earth Solutions was launched. The initiative aims to give young people the space and a voice to air their ideas about creating a healthier and more measured food system. The competition has made great progress since its first edition and this year is striving for an even higher level of quality among participating teams.

The 2016 competition is aimed at PhD and postdoc researchers under the age of 35, coming from around the world and with any educational background. First prize is a research grant worth €20,000 which will be awarded to a one-year project promoting the environmental, economic and/or social sustainability of the agrifood system. Research proposals must be submitted by the 27th July 2016.
The winner will be selected at the Seventh International Forum on Food and Nutrition to be held at Bocconi University in Milan on the 30th November and the 1st December. The finalists will be invited to present their project, individually or as a team, to a panel of experts and the public attending the Forum.

The question of how we can guarantee healthy and sustainable food for future generations is complex and we therefore need the commitment of players coming from different contexts and boasting different skills. The Young Earth Solutions Research Grant Competition strives to favour multi-disciplinary research which integrates the dimension of food in a much wider landscape of research spanning all sectors.
The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation considers young people to be an indispensable resource for tackling these demanding and pressing issues, by finding real solutions that really make a difference.

The Young Earth Solutions Research Grant Competition is an extraordinary space where a new generation of sustainability experts are made. All finalists become BCFN Alumni, a global network bringing together the finalists of all editions where resources and experiences are shared and the dialogue on these topics is kept alive.

Katarzyna Dembska

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