1 Oct 2014


The winner will receive a prize of ten thousand euros to help them put their idea into practice. The final will be held on December 3rd and 4th during the 6th International Forum on Food and Nutrition organized by the BCFN Foundation.

Hundreds of ideas from 20 countries have been submitted for the third BCFN Young Earth Solutions! (YES!), the international competition promoted by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation. The competing projects have been examined by the Panel of experts appointed by the BCFN Foundation and its Advisory Board and the finalists have been selected. Through the BCFN YES! international competition, the BCFN Foundation aims to promote the ideas of talented young people on the urgent issues facing our society and our planet.

The novelty in 2014 is the subject of the competition: this year participants have been asked to present ideas on the issues tackled by the Milan Protocol. The Protocol, the result of an initiative launched by the BCFN Foundation, has the aim of promoting a broader culture and awareness of the importance of sustainability and access to food, addressing proposals towards the three macro goals identified in view of Expo 2015:
1. Fight food waste: 50% reduction by 2020 of the unbelievable figure of 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted in the world, through campaigns aimed at raising awareness about the phenomenon and long term agreements that involve the entire food supply chain, starting with agriculture;
2. Agricultural reforms and the fight against financial speculation: a more sustainable agriculture thanks to limits on those who bet on the raw material prices and on the use of food-based biofuels;
3. Eradicate hunger and fight obesity, by providing all populations with all-year access to adequate food and highlighting the importance of food education from an early age and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
Demonstrating the great awareness and growing interest shown by young people towards sustainability and diet, for the first time teams from all 5 continents have taken part in this edition of BCFN YES!. So far as concerns the projects themselves, about 40% of the ideas presented fall in the category of promoting healthy lifestyles, 33% tackle the issue of food waste and 27% relate to sustainable agriculture. The Panel assessed the real impact, innovation, originality and practical feasibility of the ideas presented, as well as the multidisciplinarity of the solutions proposed.

The ten best projects selected by the Panel will be presented at the 6th International Forum on Food and Nutrition (Milan, Bocconi University, December 3rd and 4th). The winning idea will receive EUR 10,000 to support its practical implementation.

Together with the ten finalists, twenty other projects will be in the running for the title of “Best on the Web”. Starting today, the public can vote for the projects by visiting the www.bcfnyes.com website; the idea that receives most votes will be announced during the Forum and published in the “Best on the Web” section of the BCFN YES! website.

“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!

6th International Forum on Food and Nutrition

The 6th International Forum on Food and Nutrition promoted by the BCFN Foundation will be held in Milan on December 3rd and 4th 2014 at Bocconi University. Registrations are now being accepted to attend the discussion sessions on Thursday December 4 (https://www.barillacfn.com/en/forum/forum-2014/).
The focus of the Forum will be around issues associated with food and sustainable agriculture, zero hunger and malnutrition, in relation to all the interrelated problems. The protagonist will be the Milan Protocol, the proposal for a global agreement on food to present to the governments of countries attending Expo 2015. The Forum has the goal of encouraging debate on the global issues relating to food and to stimulate awareness by generating concrete proposals for the future of people and our planet.

The important guests invited to this sixth edition of the Forum include:

Giuliano Pisapia – Mayor, City of Milan
Livia Pomodoro – President, Court of Milan
Donatella Bianchi – Chairman, WWF Italy
Catherine Bertini - Professor of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and International Affairs at Syracuse University
Franco Sassi - OECD, Health Division, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
Ann Tutwiler – Director General, Bioversity International
Guido Barilla – Chairman, BCFN Foundation

The sessions on both days of the 6th Forum will be streamed live on www.barillacfn.com.
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