The World Food Prize Foundation

Wageningen Youth Institute

What is the Wageningen Youth Institute?

The Wageningen Youth Institute is a life-changing experience hosted by Wageningen University & Research where high school students engage with local leaders and experts to solve critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in the Netherlands and around the world.

Students research issues they care about and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges.

Why participate?

Students who participate in the Wageningen Youth Institute earn recognition as a Borlaug Scholar, and qualify for  further opportunities

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

  • Present research and recommendations on ways to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with Dutch experts;

  • Connect with other student leaders from across the Netherlands and around the world to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;

  • Explore the issues, current research, and opportunities to make a difference at Wageningen University & Research; and

  • Interact with global leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.

Papers will be evaluated by The World Food Prize Board of Reviewers. This distinguished group of educators and experts was established to mentor and personally encourage students. Reviewers write thoughtful, personalized feedback to each student who participates in the Youth Institute.

How to participate

To participate in the Wageningen Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor (using the downloadable guidelines above).

Registration and paper submission due online by 15th February, 2021. 

There is no registration cost to participate. 

For more information please contact Mirjam Troost: or at +31 317- 482340



Further opportunities for participants:

The Global Youth Institute
The top students from each youth institute will be competitively selected as delegates to the Global Youth Institute, held every October in the United States of America. 

The Global Youth Institute is an exciting three-day program where young leaders 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.





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