The World Food Prize

North Carolina Youth Institute


Don't miss the North Carolina Youth Institute at the North Carolina State University - April 28-29, 2016!


2016 Paper Instructions

Sample Paper
Teacher Resource
Paper Evaluation Rubric

Teacher Registration Form

(Due: 3/16/2016)

Student Registration Form
(Due: 3/16/2016)

Important Dates

Contact the Program Director

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At this exciting day-long event, participating high school students have the opportunity to:

  • Present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with international experts;
  • Connect with other student leaders from across the United States and other countries to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;
  • Tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities addressing food and water security, nutrition, global agriculture and health;
  • Interact with global leaders in science, industry and policy at the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium; and
  • Meet the World Food Prize Laureates at the magnificent Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates before they receive the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture” for greatly advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.


To participate, students research a global issue and write a two-three page paper under the supervision of a teacher/mentor (using the downloadable guidelines above). Each high school must register their student delegate nominee(s) and submit each student's research paper online in March 16, 2016. Ninth through Twelfth grade students in the 2015/16 school year are eligible to apply.

Papers will be evaluated by The World Food Prize Board of Reviewers (based on the evaluation rubric above).

There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute and lunch will be provided in the day of the event. However, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Raleigh, NC.

The North Carolina Youth Institute is hosted North Carolina State University with the generous support of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Crop Science Department, North Carolina FFA, North Carolina 4-H. 

For more information on how to participate in the North Carolina Youth Institute, contact the North Carolina State Coordinator Lori Snyder at or at (919) 515-4070.


The Global Youth Institute: the top students at the North Carolina Youth Institute will be competitively selected to represent the State of North Carolina as delegates at the Global Youth Institute, held in Des Moines, October 13-15, 2016. There, they will join 400 other outstanding high school students and teachers from across the United States and around the world for an exciting three-day program to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and the more than 1,000 global leaders from 65 countries attending the World Food Prize's annual international symposium.

By participating in the Global Youth Institute, students are eligible to apply for a prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship or USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship.

Borlaug-Ruan International Internship: an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience for high school students to work with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 1998, 250 Borlaug-Ruan Interns have traveled to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turkey to get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in ground-breaking research.

Wallace-Carver Fellowship: a paid two-month research or policy placement at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory or field office, or at USDA headquarters in Washington D.C. Wallace-Carver Fellows intern at USDA, analyzing agricultural and economic policy; assisting in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs; and taking part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research. Fellows travel to Washington DC at the start of their internship for a week-long high-level leadership program hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.


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