Dec. 2, 2020
Sustainability, food insecurity and a lack of knowledge about nutrition are issues at the heart of world hunger. MU’s Brady and Anne Deaton Institute, which empowers students to confront these problems, recently sponsored a group of Tigers in an international competition showcasing their knowledge.
Two Mizzou teams composed of six students took third place in the Food Systems Dashboard Competition. The squads used a food-systems database to research real-world challenges. The winners were announced at the 2020 International Borlaug Dialogue at The World Food Prize. The global competition was open to a variety of groups, including students, professionals and industry members. Four total MU teams entered the competitions.
Students participated in the competition through the Zero Hunger Challenge course, a partnership between the Deaton Institute and the Honors College. The course explores interdisciplinary methods to solve hunger issues by combining practical knowledge of food systems with “soft skills” such as teamwork and critical thinking. The modules of the course are divided into weekly challenges that build up to tasks aligned with the Food Systems Dashboard Competition.
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