The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) will hold its Sixth International Forum on Food and Nutrition in Milan December 3–4. The first day of the forum will be dedicated to the presentation of the ten BCFN YES! finalists and their proposals. The BCFN YES! program was established in 2012 to encourage young people—specifically, university students under the age of 35—to develop innovative solutions to problems within the global food system. Proposals must be submitted on one of the following themes from the Milan Protocol: zero hunger and healthy lifestyles, sustainable agriculture, or food waste.
This year’s finalists hail from nine different countries around the world—including India, Ukraine, Spain, and Turkey—with topics ranging from the eating habits of college students to fighting obesity. The winning individual or team will receive a €10,000 (US$12,500) award to help implement the idea. The ten finalists are:
- Fitri Afriliana, Jannatun Cintya Dewi, and Dita Ahmeta Ferdiansyah (Indonesia), “Crossed-Filling Calories Exchange, Save Lives from Hunger”
- Priyanka Agarwal and Charu Sharma (India), “Food Champ – Fighting Obesity at the Root Level”
- Stefano Benetti and Michele Pedrotti (Italy), “Common (Sense) Waste – Spoilage Sensing Guide”
- Chiara Cecchini and Duccio Tatini (Italy), “Mindfood: Move More to Eat Better”
- Carlo Ciatteo and Jessica Massinelli (Italy), “Cookincity”
- Gianna Bonis Profumo (Spain), “Food and Nutrition Hub – Integrated Food Production and Nutrition Education”
- Emily Thornton and Shana Axelrod (United States), “Teach for Food”
- Erdem Unyay (Turkey), Nataliya Fischoeder (Ukraine), and Cristiano Estrada (United States), “Increasing Water Accessibility by Data Mining and Remote Sensing”
- Hongjie Zhang (China) and Tiffany Watson (United States), “A Critical Approach to College Students’ Eating Habits”
- Lucrezia Zito (Italy), Elizabeth Unger (United States), and Thi Vinh Bui (Vietnam), “The Little Seeds School”
Learn more about the finalists’ ideas here.