Local student attends World Food Prize event



Abigail Ulman, left, is shown here with another student she met at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in October.

Abigail Ulman of Fairfield Warde High School was among the top students in the country selected to attend the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 17 through 19, during the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, which drew 1,500 people from more than 65 countries to discuss the world’s hunger and food security issues.

The World Food Prize was founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug in order to recognize and inspire achievements in improving the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world. This year’s World Food Prize events kicked off the beginning of a year-long anniversary celebration in honor of Borlaug’s 100th birthday that will culminate in fall 2014.

Students from across the United States and abroad researched global food security issues in the country of their choice, and then submitted papers on those critical topics, which they also presented to renowned experts and scientists.

At the three-day event, Ulman and 150 other high school students had the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of internationally renowned World Food Prize laureates and leaders in food, agriculture and international development.

Ulman presented a paper on the theme “Ending Hunger In Our Lifetime: A Call to Action” and participated in roundtable discussions with experts in industry, science, academia and policy. Research for the paper focused on major issues in global agriculture, development and food security in developing countries.

Participants also helped with a hands-on service project packaging meals for Outreach International, a hunger-fighting organization that serves people in Iowa and abroad, toured an Iowa farm, and took part in an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to experience the realities of global hunger and poverty.

Created by Borlaug and Iowa businessman John Ruan in 1994, the Global Youth Institute challenges and inspires participating student-teacher teams to identify ways of alleviating hunger and to expose the students to opportunities and careers in food, agriculture and natural resource disciplines.

High school educators and students interested in participating should visit worldfoodprize.org/youth and select their state on the U.S. map or other country link if living abroad for information on the 2014 Global Youth Institute.

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