Developing Solutions for Developing Countries

The Student Association is committed to engaging student members from around the world and utilizing 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.


2019-2020 Theme:

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (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.



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.


Each of the finalist teams will receive a certificate and a reimbursement for travel to IFT19 of up to $1500. Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony. Prize amounts are as follows:

  • First (1st) Place: $3,000
  • Second (2nd) Place: $1,500
  • Third (3rd) Place: $500

The 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 issue of Food Technology following IFT20.




February 1, 2020 at 11:59pm CST

April Xu
University of Guelph

Competition Rules (PDF)
Sample Verification Letter (PDF)