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Students aim to put a Hult on global food crisis

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27 February 2013


ANU students are set to step up to the plate and present models to solve global food security issues, as part of this year's Hult Prize.

Founded in 2009, the Hult Prize is the world's largest student competition. It aims to solve the planet's most pressing concerns and launch ventures that will change the world. The competition was recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by former US president Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine.

This years' Hult Prize challenge is themed around global food security. The focus will be on getting safe, sufficient, affordable and easily accessible food to the 200 million people who live in urban slums around the world.

The 2013 ANU team will head to Shanghai for the competition, taking place on 2 March, thanks to funding from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and the Crawford School of Public Policy.

The team will present an innovative social enterprise model which utilises the potential of aquaponics. The team's proposal will aim to address issues relating to food insecurity, financial incapacity, limited social enterprise operations and opportunities through partnerships.

"Shared passions and commitment to making a difference through revolutionary social enterprises are the two recurring traits that best describe the new ANU team," said Gil Francis Arevalo, who serves as the team coordinator.

"Our team believes that to address accessibility, affordability and sustainability on food production and distribution in most urban slums, aquaponics provides an avenue for it to be both technically feasible, and socially and economically desirable.

"The team is committed to ensure that their social enterprise solution can be implemented and replicated beyond the 2013 competition.”

Arevalo added that the level of support shown by the College and the Crawford School has encouraged the team to work harder than ever as they represent ANU.

"We are once again overwhelmed by the support and even more determined than last year to represent the talent we have within the School in the Hult Global Challenge," said Arevalo.

This year’s team members include students Gil Francis Arevalo (Philippines), Shannon Bourke (Australia), Kathryn Hayward (New Zealand), Mahawira Singh Dillon (Indonesia), and Denise Anne Suarez (Philippines). Dr Paul D'Arcy from the College’s School of Culture, History and Language will mentor and advise the team.

Article by Cherie Parkes.

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