25 Mar 2014


The event will focus on the issues tackled by the Milan Protocol - the fight against food waste, obesity and non-sustainable agriculture
10,000 euros at stake in the third edition of YES!

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation begins the selection process for the third edition of BCFN Young Earth Solutions! (YES!), which aims to increase the visibility of young people and innovative ideas on the subject of sustainability in the agro food sector. After the success of the 2013 edition, which involved about 3,000 students from around the world, the invitation to take part in the 2014 event is now available for download from www.bcfnyes.com. Participants must be university students in any faculty, year or country, who are younger than 35 at the end of November 2014. Registration is open to individual students or teams of up to three members. Projects must be delivered no later than July 31, 2014.
“BCFN YES! represents a great opportunity to express your ideas and establish contact with students from around the world. It is also an extremely valuable educational experience and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone!” said Zachary Dashner, a finalist in the 2013 edition of BCFN YES!
The novelty in 2014 is the subject matter: this year students are being asked to present their ideas on the subject of the Milan Protocol (www.milanprotocol.com), an initiative launched last November at the 5th Forum on Food and Nutrition. The challenge they have been set is to propose practical solutions to urgent issues in the area of food and nutrition: projects that can promote healthy lifestyles, contribute to sustainable agriculture and reduce food wastage.
The BCFN Foundation has also launched a Call to Action on the www.milanprotocol.com platform, a space in which all users can share information and their own contributions about the issues dealt with by the Milan Protocol. Everyone who takes part in BCFN YES! 2014 will have their own reserved area on this platform, to involve them actively in online activities and to collaborate with the group of experts on issues of interest.
The Panel, made up of members of the BCFN Foundation Advisory Board, will assess the real impact, innovative content, originality and practical feasibility of the ideas presented. Solutions must also adopt a multidisciplinary approach, which is regarded as the most comprehensive and effective way to tackle global food challenges.
The ten best proposals will be selected as finalists for presentation during the 6th International Forum on Food and Nutrition, which will be held in Milan on December 3 and 4, 2014.
The winner (individual student or team), as well as presenting their idea during the 6th International Forum on Food and Nutrition, will win a prize of € 10,000 as a contribution to the cost of implementing their project.
“BCFN YES! gives a voice to the young students who are the future of our planet and the only people who can take concrete action to ensure that malnutrition, obesity and the unfair distribution of resources are no longer global challenges for planet earth.” said Guido Barilla, Chairman of the BCFN Foundation and of Barilla Group.
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