Manasa Pagadala, a junior at Rivermont Collegiate, will be among 600 students, teachers and experts from across Iowa coming together on the campus of Iowa State University for the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute (IYI) on April 25, 2016. The IYI engages hundreds of young people from across Iowa in hunger-related topics and discussions. Students discuss various elements of global hunger, interact with experts in different hunger-related fields, and propose solutions to key issues.
Students worked hard to prepare solution proposals for issues they see as exhibiting an important need in regards to hunger in our world today. "Manasa demonstrates an advance skill of working independently and motivates herself to work on challenging topics." says teacher/mentor Jenna McAdam. Manasa's paper, "Improving Food Security through Efficient Energy Production in India," addresses the widespread issue of food insecurity in India and looking for a solution to the many problems that contribute to it. "By pinpointing a lack of efficient energy production," says Pagadala, "I came up with several implementable solutions like creating a better distribution system, moving towards renewable energy, cutting down energy waste, scaling up successful small projects, and creating public awareness campaigns."
Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will address the students, as will Iowa State president Steve Leath and Dupont Pioneer Director of Platform Management Marv Wilson. The event will be held at the Hilton Coliseum and the Scheman Center at Iowa State University, Ames and various laboratories across the campus. More information is available at www.worldfoodprize.org/iowayouth.