Sydney Edmisten, a Cary High School student, attended the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute Oct. 15-17 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The World Food Prize was founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug to recognize and inspire great achievements in improving the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world.
At the three-day Institute, Sydney and 200 other high school students researched global food security issues in the developing country of their choice and then submitted papers on those critical topics, which they also presented to World Food Prize Laureates and other distinguished experts and scientists.
Sydney presented a paper on the theme “Sustainably Feeding 9 Billion by 2050” and took part in roundtable discussions with experts in industry, science, academia and policy. Her paper specifically dealt with water issues in South Sudan. During the Institute, participants also helped with a hands-on service project packaging meals for Outreach, Inc. and took part in an interactive Oxfam Hunger Banquet.