IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition

The IFT Student Association (IFTSA) is committed to engaging student members from around the world to utilize their scientific skills to serve a bigger cause. The IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries (DSDC) competition promotes the application of food science and technology and the development of new products and processes that are targeted at improving the quality of life for people in developing countries.
 

Theme (2019–2020)

According to FAO, approximately 45% of the total fruits and vegetables produced in the world are wasted each year. In Sub-Saharan Africa, about 90% of the total waste occurs at post-harvesting, packaging, and distribution level. Create a nutritious food product that helps to reduce post-harvest fruit and vegetable loss in Sub-Saharan Africa.

2019 Award Winners

DSDC

Congratulations to the team from Sweden's Lund University, winner of the IFTSA Developing  Solutions for Developing Countries Product Development Competition for their product MORINGAU.

DSDC

Congratulations to the team from Sweden's Lund University, winner of the IFTSA Developing  Solutions for Developing Countries Product Development Competition for their product MORINGAU.

  • First Place: MORINGAU, Lund University (Sweden)
  • Second Place: Go-Crokies, Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)
  • Third Place: Jack Mung, Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus (Malaysia)
     

2020 Finalists

  • Stewpidgood Kilishi, McGill University (Canada)
  • Planting for the Future, University of Minnesota
  • Magtummy, Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)
  • Mango Maafe, Cornell University
  • Team PATH, Montana State University
  • Pitamin A, Taylor’s University Malaysia
     

Application and Judgement

Each of the finalist teams will receive a certificate and a reimbursement for travel to IFT19 of up to $1,500. Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony. Prize amounts are as follows.

  • First Place: $3,000
  • Second Place: $1,500
  • Third Place: $500

The IFT Student Association will present the first-place team with a personalized plaque after the IFT annual event. The winning team will be highlighted in the post-event issue of Food Technology magazine.

 

Eligibility

Teams for this competition should have at least one Institute of Food Technologists student member at the time of submission. All team members must be students enrolled in the fall semester of the competition year. There may be only 5 submissions from each institution. For complete details, consult the Rules and Regulations document for this competition.

The submission deadline for this competition has passed. Details for the 2021 competition will be posted late this year.

Application Guidelines

For complete rules and application, please see the IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Guidelines.

Download guidelines (PDF)


Sample Verification Letter

Download sample letter (PDF)


Competition Chair Contact

April Xu, University of Guelph