World Food Prize Y​​outh Institute at Purdue University 


Date: April 26-27, 2018

Final Registration and Paper Submission - Deadline: April 2, 2018

What is the World Food Prize?

The World Food Prize is also known as the Nobel Prize for Agriculture. Purdue has the distinction of claiming two World Food Prize Laureates: Phil Nelson in 2007and Gebisa Ejeta in 2009. This connection has allowed Purdue to develop a special relationship with the World Food Prize and their Global Youth Institute.

What is the World Food Prize Purdue Youth Institute?

Each year Purdue invites Indiana High School students and their teachers to participate in a free two-day event at Purdue where they can interact with and learn from experts in agriculture and other disciplines related to global food security and network with enthusiastic students and teachers in Indiana. 

About the Program:

Indiana students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate along with their teacher/mentor in the World Food Prize (WFP) Youth Institute at Purdue by completing a research paper on food security in a developing country. Guidelines for the paper can be found here.

The students and mentors will be invited to Purdue in Mid-April (Thursday evening and all day Friday).  The WFP Youth Institute at Purdue is FREE to students and teachers/mentors! While at Purdue students will present their research papers with a 3-5 minute presentation.  Students will also meet either one or both of Purdue’s World Food Prize Laureates and learn about how Purdue is fighting world hunger.

Five students will be chosen as Indiana Delegates and will be invited to attend the WFP Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa in mid-October. High School Seniors are welcome to participate in the Purdue Youth Institute but will not be eligible for the Global Youth Institute, because it takes place in the next school year. 

What Teachers Say...

Read a blog post about the World Food Prize Youth Institute at Purdue from a teacher who has participated.

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