SHS Agroscience Students to Compete at the Global Youth Institute | New
Raelyn Butler and Evan Larrison, soon to be seniors in agriculture at Shelbyville High School, have both been selected to represent Indiana as delegates to the Global Youth Institute (GYI) of the 2021 World Food Prize.
Delegates from the Global Youth Institute have a unique opportunity to connect with other student leaders from around the world to discuss global challenges, share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships, according to a press release.
After writing an article on global challenges, Butler and Larrison attended the World Food Prize Purdue Youth Institute at Purdue and presented their research to a panel of experts.
“I was very excited,” said Kay Huntsman, an agricultural science educator from Shelbyville. “In fact, we have entered this competition several times. I’ve had students writing papers for the World Food Prize and we’ve always been alternates as delegates, but this is the first year we’ve had one delegate and we’ve actually had two. . It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and these kids get the chance to present their research and discoveries and hear from kids across the country. “
Butler’s article focused on tackling food insecurity in Syria by creating a traveling hydroponic system.
“She sought to make it portable, how she described it was similar to coolers, therefore a traveling hydroponic system that would allow people to grow their own food and take it with them,” Huntsman said. “They are in a time of civil unrest and this would allow them to take food with them so they don’t have to worry about stopping in an area to make it their home.”
Larrison focused on improving access to clean water in Ghana by training staff in the use and construction of equipment for drilling holes. This would make the various cities of the country more autonomous.
“Evens was actually talking about Ghana and creating a safer world for food,” Huntsman said. “He talks about drilling boreholes, which are very common in Ghana, which provide water to the people. The problem is, they don’t have the equipment for those boreholes, and with the limited equipment they have, they go through and dig areas for water and leave it. So a lot of the boreholes have collapsed, collapsed, or people don’t have access to them. They travel for miles and miles, children cannot go to school and the women of the city have no other job than to fetch water.
According to a press release, the Global Youth Institute is a unique opportunity being held in conjunction with the presentation of the World Food Prize and the Borlaug Dialogue, the first international symposium on global food security. This year’s virtual institute will be held October 18-22 with a diverse lineup, including live and on-demand workshops and panel discussions.
The World Food Prize, often referred to as the Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture, is the highest international honor recognizing the achievements of those who have advanced human development by improving quality, quantity and availability. of food around the world, according to a press release.
“I’m really proud of them,” Huntsman said. “They worked really hard and they did a lot of research. Unfortunately I have had students in the past who think this is a great idea, they dive into research and they get stuck, but Raelyn and Evan are pushing harder than I’ve ever seen.
The World Food Prize Youth Institute at Purdue is hosted by the College of Agriculture and its Office of Academic Programs.