2012 World Food Prize: Reaching the Next Generation to Sustain Modern Agricultural Practices -- Access Free Webcast and Student Educational Curricula

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.

In mid-October, more than 1,400 leaders from 70 nations, including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, high-level policymakers, NGO heads, development specialists, CEOs and private-sector executives, and scientific experts, gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, to host the annual World Food Prize  events and discuss topics centered around the 2012 theme: “Partnerships and Priorities: Transforming the Global Food Security Agenda.” 

The highlight of the action-packed week was a moving ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol honoring the World Food Prize’s 2012 Laureate, Dr. Daniel Hillel.  Dr. Hillel has focused his career on micro-irrigation to maximize the impact of water for agriculture which has positively impacted millions of people. 

IFIC and the IFIC Foundation were featured in two side events during the week, including at an Alliance to Feed the Future webcast for 400+ global participants on the importance of reaching the next generation to sustain modern agricultural practices.

Panelists and topics discussed included:

David Schmidt, President and CEO, International Food Information Council - The Alliance to Feed the Future: An International Model for Communicating About Modern Agriculture and Food Production;

Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Agricultural Law Student, Drake University - Food in the Future...A Youthful Perspective;

Edie Fraser, Executive Director, STEMconnector - Making Food and Agriculture a Bigger Part of Our Educational Mandate; and

Moderator: Kimberly Reed, Executive Director, International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation - Food and Agricultural Education: A Global Priority?

You can watch the webcast and share it with your colleagues, stakeholders, teachers, and students by clicking here.

A new resource for reaching the next generation about modern food production is the Alliance to Feed the Future’s “Lunchbox Lessons” education curricula on “Farm to Fork.”  These free curricula for teachers of students in grades K-8 comply with Common Core State Standards for learning and are designed to complement existing lesson plans.  The curricula focus on modern food and agricultural production and how American farmers and producers provide safe, nutritious and abundant food choices every day.  The lessons address different phases of agriculture and food production, as well as the basics of food safety, healthful eating, physical activity and energy balance, while reinforcing core subject skills, all in an engaging and age-appropriate way. 

The downloadable curricula include 15 grade-specific lesson plans, a color classroom poster, and five parent take-home pieces, including Spanish translation, click here:

May the World Food Prize inspire our next generation of food leaders to confront the challenges and opportunities of the future through modern agriculture and stewardship practices!

Attention Teachers! Tell us how you would use the Alliance educational curricula to teach your students about the Journey from Farm to Fork to be entered to win one of three prize grants!  Click here to enter by December 31!