The World Food Prize Foundation

December 2018

Marshalltown Student Presentations

Each group compiled an in-depth presentation on the solutions they formulated to ensure food security in Ethiopia and Venezuela

Last month our staff had the pleasure of welcoming ELL students from Marshalltown High School to our headquarters in Downtown Des Moines. The two groups of students who joined us gave presentations based on our Iowa Youth Institute prompt of solving food security related problems in developing countries.

It was truly remarkable to see how the students addressed they varying challenges of food insecurity in Ethiopia and Venezuela and all on staff were encouraged by the depth of the students' research. They were all so enthusiastic about what they had learned throughout their research!

Amb. Ken Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, provides direct feedback to the students' presentations.

In addition to researching the challenges Ethiopia and Venezuela face in obtaining food security, each group was prompted to find sustainable solutions to the issues they had addressed. These solutions were based on the students' own critical thinking, in tangent with their research on solutions being implemented in other countries.

It was quite outstanding to see where each group found inspiration and how their own personal experiences have directly impacted the outcomes of their proposed solutions.

Altogether our staff was thoroughly uplifted to hear from such an influential group of young people who have truly shown the potential they have in feeding their world. 

For more information on the Iowa Youth Institute, please visit

Regional Iowa Youth Institutes

Global issues, local conversations! Join us at one of our four regional institutes in partnership with local educational leaders. Each event is designed to prep students for the 2019 Iowa Youth Institute and will include field immersions, service learning, and in-depth discussions of real-world challenges and solutions to address global food security.

To learn more about a regional event near you click on a link below:

Northwest Iowa Youth Institute | Western Iowa Tech
February 6, 2018
To register click here. Deadline is January 30th, 2019.

Heartland Youth Institute Graceland University
February 19, 2018
To register click here. Deadline to register is February 12, 2019.

Southeast Iowa Youth Institute | Iowa Wesleyan University
February 21, 2018
To register click here. Deadline is January 30th, 2019.

Northeast Iowa Youth Institute |  Hawkeye Community College
February 28, 2018
To register click here. Deadline is February 22nd, 2019.

Check out the recordings from this year's Iowa Hunger Summit at


No Small Matter
Tuesday, January 8
Drake University - Sussman Theater
Olmsted Building
2875 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311

Healthy Food Stakeholder Meeting
Tuesday, February 26
Freedom Blend Coffee
2329 Hickman Road Des Moines


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