Pekin student attends World Food Prize, Global Youth events
PACKWOOD — Graham Wittrock, Pekin FFA Chapter vice president attended the World Prize and Global Youth Institute Oct. 18-20 in Des Moines.
Exceptional high school students from across the United States and other countries are selected to participate in the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. Wittrock is a senior at Pekin High School. Pekin agriculture science teacher Juston Lamb attended the event with Wittrock.
Each year, selected students and their teacher mentors travel to Des Moines in mid-October to attend the three-day event to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with international experts.
At the Global Youth Institute, student delegates present and discuss their findings with international experts and their peers, connect with other students from around the world, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and take part in symposium discussions with global leaders in science, industry and policy. 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 Youth Institute Proceedings and are available online.
Throughout the three-day program, student and teacher delegates participate in the Borlaug Dialogue, which brings together more than 600 international experts and policy leaders from 65 countries to address cutting-edge challenges in food security and international development.
Delegates to the Global Youth Institute also attend the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol, as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture” is awarded in recognition of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
By participating in the Global Youth Institute, Wittrock is eligible to apply for a Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience, working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 1998, more than 140 Borlaug-Ruan interns have traveled to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Kenya, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Turkey to get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in ground-breaking research.