The World Food Prize

Some of the participates in the 2016 New Jersey Youth Institute of The World Food Prize

Click to watch a video about the the event (4 min's).

2017 NJ Youth Institute (6 mins)

The World Food Prize (WFP), established in 1986, is an international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Top scientists, practitioners, and leaders from over 65 countries meet for the 3-day Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium every October in Des Moines, Iowa, to honor awardees and engage in discussions about current global food issues.

Parallel to the symposium is the Global Youth Institute.  This is an opportunity for high school students from across the U.S. and abroad to study and write about a pressing global food issue and present their papers to distinguished global leaders and fellow students. While at the symposium students also have opportunities to attend trainings/educational programs, go on field trips, and participate in a team service project. All expenses except travel are provided by the WFP.

Students who participate in the Global Youth Institute are eligible to apply for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, an 8 week hands-on experience working at leading research centers and institutions in other countries.  Once in college, students who have attended the Global Youth Institute are also eligible to become Wallace-Carver Interns, working for USDA research centers and offices across the U.S. in a summer internship.

The goal of the WFP Global Youth Institute and Internship Programs is to inspire students to pursue careers in food, agricultural and natural resource disciplines as well as to motivate them to become effective change agents in their own communities, conscientious global citizens and tomorrow’s scientific an humanitarian leaders.

The New Jersey Youth Institute (NJYI)

Across the country, the World Food Prize has worked with governmental leaders and the state land grant university administration to develop State Youth Institutes to expand opportunities for student involvement.  In 2015, Rutgers University committed to developing a New Jersey Youth Institute, and in 2016 hosted the first event (see video above). 

Don't miss the New Jersey Youth Institute at Rutgers University - March 3, 2017!
Planning is well underway for the 2017 event.  

NJYI at Rutgers 2016 event featured:

  • Over 140 students, teachers, Rutgers faculty and distinguished guests participated in this event.
  • 89 high school students presented their research.
  • Public schools, 4-H, and FFA chapters from 8 counties were represented: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Monmouth, Morris and Ocean.

2016 Student Achievement

New Jersey delegates to the 2016 Global Youth Institute in Des Monies:
Jonathan Lee - Bergen County Academics (Bergen)
Timothy Meineke - Cedar Creek High School (Atlantic)
Indira Roy - Chatham High School (Morris)

New Jersey students selected as Wallace Carver Fellows:
Lauren Fillebrown - 2015, 2016
Sruthi Boddapati - 2016

For more Information on how to participate in the New Jersey Youth Institute

Contact Meredith Taylor at or visit the World Food Prize website.

Planning for the New Jersey Youth Institute
New Jersey Youth Institute Advisory Group (May 2015)

  • Rachel Karl, Director of Development, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers
  • Laura Lawson, Dean of Agriculture and Urban Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
  • Rachel Lyons, Chair, Department of 4-H Youth Development, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
  • David McNair, Planning Associate, Department of Education
  • Erin Noble, State FFA specialist
  • Dominic Rota, Planning Associate, Department of Education
  • Nancy Trivette, State Program Leader, Agricultural Education, State Advisor
  • David Vitali, Legislative and Regulatory Analyst for Office of Lt. Governor
  • David Weinstein, Assistant Vice President for State and Local Government, Office of External Affairs, Rutgers University