Sixteen DuPont Pioneer employees from Johnston served as experts for the sixth annual World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, on April 24.
Representatives from 131 Iowa middle and high schools explored critical global food security issues and discovered academic and career paths in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields at the event. Students also engaged in interactive immersion sessions, covering topics such as plant genetics, human nutrition, food insecurity in Iowa, sustainability and the environment. Top students at the institute are selected to advance to the Global Youth Institute, hosted annually in October during the World Food Prize proceedings.
“The World Food Prize Youth Programs were started by Norman Borlaug and John Ruan, Sr., to inspire the next generation to become involved in our food system, and to compel them to confront the greatest challenge in human history: whether we can sustainably and nutritiously feed the more than nine billion people who will be on our planet by 2050,” said Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of The World Food Prize Foundation.
Teacher mentors and students are participating in similar Institutes held in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin. In other states, students apply for an at-large delegate seat at the Global Youth Institute.
Krysta Harden, DuPont Vice President of Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, addressed the Iowa Institute attendees, commenting on the commitment to supporting today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.
“In visiting with farmers, government officials, non-profits, and scientists around the world and across DuPont, one thing has become very clear. The key to overcoming global challenges – such as food security – is in this room today. It’s you.”
Other World Food Prize youth programs include the Global Youth Institute, the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and the USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship. DuPont Pioneer provides in-kind support of the Global Youth Institute.