The 2022 Global Youth Institute (GYI) is a week-long academic conference focused on youth efforts to address global food security issues. The World Food Prize Foundation believes that elevating youth voices is crucial to creating a more food secure, equitable, and sustainable world. Through the GYI, we are able to enhance the leadership of 300 students each year, and deepen their understanding of global food security, agriculture, and sustainability related issues.
This year’s GYI will be held virtually from October 16-21, as students will have the opportunity to engage with their peers from across the world. During the GYI, students will present research that they have conducted before a panel of roundtable of experts, participate in an interactive group project focused on global food security challenges, and attend workshops, where they will learn from leaders on issues related to food security, agriculture, climate change, and sustainability.
During the conference, students will share key findings and recommendations from research that they conducted on global food security issues with international experts and their peers in roundtable discussions. Each discussion group of seven to nine students is led by three distinguished global leaders in science, industry, and policy. Student papers are subsequently published on the World Food Prize Foundation website.
Interact with Global leaders
At the Global Youth Institute, student delegates present papers they have researched and written on a critical aspect of food security, and discuss their findings with international experts and their peers in roundtable discussions. Each discussion group of seven to nine students is led by three distinguished global leaders in science, industry, and policy. Student papers are subsequently published in the Global Youth Institute Proceedings and are available online.
Connect with Student Leaders from Around the World
Delegates have a unique opportunity to connect with other student leaders from around the world to discuss global challenges, share ideas, and identify solutions to these programs. Through the Feeding a Fragile World Simulation, an interactive group activity, delegates will better understand global issues and solutions. Delegates will analyze a problem impacting a country, consider the ramifications for different stakeholder groups, and discuss different approaches to addressing food insecurity issues.
Attend the Borlaug Dialogue and Award Ceremony
Throughout the Global Youth Institute, student and teacher delegates have access to the Borlaug Dialogue, an international symposium on global food security issues, which brings together international experts and policy leaders from around the world. This year’s theme, “Feeding a Fragile World,” focuses on overcoming pervasive shocks to the global food system. The triple threat of COVID, Conflict, and Climate demands addressing the multiple challenges the global food system faces now and in the future. The event will address scalable solutions for adaptation and mitigation to limit planetary warming below 1.5° C and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Delegates will also attend the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony, where Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, a leading climatologist, agronomist and former farmer, will be recognized for her pioneering work in modeling the impact of climate change on food systems worldwide.