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Source: The World Food Prize news release

The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute at Iowa State University is a transformative experience that annually attracts over 300 high school students across Iowa since it was inaugurated as a private-public partnership in 2011. The Iowa Youth Institute will ring in its sixth year by bringing together 320 high school students and 142 teachers from across the state to address critical issues in global food security, network with peers and industry experts, and discover hunger-fighting career paths in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

On Monday, April 24, Iowa State University's campus will welcome hundreds of students, teachers and experts that gather for this annual STEM exploration program. Students will engage in interactive immersion sessions which cover topics of plant genetics, human nutrition, food security in Iowa, sustainability and the environment. This year's keynote speakers include: 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.

In order to participate, each student is required to write a research paper identifying a challenge affecting food security in a developing nation. They will then propose a solution and present their findings to a panel of peers and experts at the one day event.

"IYI allows students to feel what it's actually like to make a difference," said Madison Forbes from Lone Tree High School. "It helps students grow through break-out sessions and opportunities to build lasting relationships. IYI gave me a better understanding of world issues, strengthened my networking skills, and allowed me to find new passions and purpose in life."

Dr. Norman Borlaug, Iowa's greatest humanitarian-hero, whose statue is now enshrined in the U.S. Capitol for his exceptional agricultural and humanitarian achievements, founded the World Food Prize in 1986. Dr. Borlaug envisioned the World Food Prize youth programs as a way to inspire the next generation of scientists, policy makers, educators, and community leaders to pursue careers fighting hunger and poverty at home and abroad.

"Norman Borlaug and John Ruan Sr. started the World Food Prize Youth Programs to inspire the next generation to become involved in our food system, and to have that spark of curiosity that will compel them to confront the greatest challenge in human history: whether we can sustainably and nutritiously feed the more than 9 billion people who will be on our planet by 2050," said Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn, president of The World Food Prize Foundation. The Ambassador added that, "The IYI is made possible by a generous personal financial grant by Paul and Claudia Schickler, the commitment of Iowa State University President Steven Leath and the support of the leadership and faculty of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "

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

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