MHS sophomore Korbin Leddy attended the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute (GYI) from October 16-19 in Des Moines, Iowa. Over 200 youth from 26 US states and 10 other countries met during the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium. The symposium drew 1,000 people from 50 countries to discuss the world’s hunger and food security issues. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the youth education program.
In order to be considered for participation, students first identified a country of interest and a topic affecting the global food system. They then proposed an evidence-based solution at a regional youth institute. Korbin selected China. He was one of two delegates to attend from South Dakota.
While at the Institute, students presented their research papers and participated in roundtable discussions with other attendees and leading experts in agriculture and international policy. Attendees also participated in symposium sessions featuring 2019 World Food Prize Laureate Simon N. Groot of the Netherlands; the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, H.E. Felix Tshisekedi; and toured agribusiness companies. According to Korbin, touring Hawkeye Breeders Services in Adel, Iowa, was also a highlight.