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Thought for Food

Calling for creative action on food security

18 October 2012

Conservation congress prioritizes sustainable food securitySyngenta congratulates the 23 Thought for Food Ambassadors who have been selected from top universities around the world to attend One Young World, which takes place in Pittsburgh, USA from October 18-22, 2012.

Thought for Food (TFF) is a one-of-a-kind competition sponsored by Syngenta in cooperation with the Sandbox Network, iStrategyLabs and One Young World. Piloted in 2011 to universities in Europe, TFF went global in 2012. From March until June 2012, talented students from universities in countries as diverse as Canada, Korea, India, Nigeria, Uganda, the UK, the USA and Taiwan were called on to find bold solutions to the biggest challenge facing their future – how to feed 9 billion people.

Each university brought together a cross-disciplinary team of up to five students, representing a breadth of knowledge and experience. They looked into the deepest challenges surrounding food security, and were expected to push boundaries, merge their creativity and imagination, and develop visionary ideas that educate, inspire and empower people to build a healthier, more sustainable planet. With the help of peer mentors, each team developed a robust business plan to help bring their big ideas to life. From campus awareness campaigns and smartphone apps to agriculture reality shows, virtual games and educational urban gardens - the projects generated by the TFF student teams are not only grabbing people’s attention, they will also help to change the world.

From over 50 entries, a panel of expert judges has selected two student teams from IIT Roorkee (India) and Texas A&M University (USA) as winners of the 2012 Thought for Food (TFF) global challenge. The winning project from the team in India is a comic series and web-based educational multiplayer video game to manage challenges such as food waste. The winning idea from the US team is an “eco-park” model which explains food systems in both a physical and online space.

The two teams won a trip to One Young World – the premier global forum for young leaders. In addition, Syngenta also sponsored runner-up teams from Korea, Uganda and Canada to attend the event. There, the students will join other young delegates from over 150 countries, CEOs from some of the world’s most influential companies and inspirational global leaders, such as Kofi Anan, Mohummed Yunus, Bill Clinton, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

For more information on the TFF challenge and the winning projects, please check the attached slides.

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