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Ankeny Students Share Their Knowledge at Iowa Youth Institute

ANKENY, Iowa (April 28, 2017) - Twenty-five students from Ankeny Schools were among the 300 to attend the sixth annual World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute at Iowa State University. Representatives from 131 schools, including Northview and Southview Middle Schools and Ankeny Centennial and Ankeny High Schools, explored critical global food security issues and discovered academic and career paths in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math).

Each student attending had written a research paper on a key issue; such as environmental volatility, soil degradation, nutrition, water scarcity or gender inequality, impacting hunger in a developing country. During the Youth Institute, the students proposed their solutions in small-group roundtable discussions facilitated by academic and industry experts. Students also engaged in interactive immersion sessions, covering topics like plant genetics, human nutrition, food insecurity in Iowa, sustainability, and the environment.
Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Paul Schickler, former President of DuPont Pioneer, Krysta Harden, DuPont Pioneer Vice President of Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, and Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. addressed the students.

“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.

Other World Food Prize youth programs also include the Global Youth Institute, the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and the USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship.