Youth Writing Contest

IFPRI is proud to present the winners of the Youth Writing Contest!

First Place Winner

Photo of Anjeline AngelesAnjeline Angeles
Age 17
Antipolo City, Philippines

Read Anjeline’s essay

My name is Anjeline. I live in Antipolo City with my mother, my father, and my younger 13-year-old brother. During my free time, I like hanging out with my family and friends, going out, and watching a movie or just sitting with them and having a long chat. I am going to college next year, most probably at the University of the Philippines. I am planning to take up Broadcast Communication so that I can pursue my dream of becoming a writer or a journalist in the future.

Runners Up

Photo of Emily HarknessEmily Harkness
Age 15
Perth, Australia

Read Emily’s short story

Hi, I’m Emily. I live in the outer suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, approximately 30 minutes away from the city. Our family is small but sweet with just my parents, my older sister, and I. When I’m not at school there’s nothing I like to do more than spend time out with my sister or friends, or lose myself in a good book. I love how reading can open doors to new and exciting thoughts and hope to continue on with my own writing and one day become a professional writer. In the mean time, I’m aiming to graduate from high school and be accepted into the University of Western Australia.

Photo of Nyasha MichelNyasha Michel
Age 14
Kwambonambi, South Africa

Read Nyasha’s short story

My name is Nyasha. I was born in Zimbabwe and then we moved to Switzerland when I was three and lived there for 5 years. We then moved to South Africa and are currently living in a small town called Kwambonambi. I live with my parents, Jörg and Janet. My mother Janet is Zimbabwean and my father Jörg is Swiss. I have one brother called Tafi (for short) who is 16 years old. I love riding, reading, tennis, and writing (I have written a few stories). I also love playing with my seven little dogs. I am not sure where I would like to study yet, but I do want to study veterinary medicine and become a vet.

IFPRI’s Youth Writing contest was held in preparation for the 2020 conference. Youth ages 14-18 were asked to submit a creative writing piece that answered the question “How can we use agriculture to produce more food, generate food of better quality, and improve people’s nutrition and health?” Entries were received from over 20 countries around the globe. Our judges were impressed by all of them!

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