Developing Solutions for Developing Countries

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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.


In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. More information about the SDGs can be found here. Create a nutritious food product targeting a particular developing country and addressing at least TWO of the UN’s SDGs, excluding the ‘zero hunger’ SDG.


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 IFT19.

Congratulations to Team Tamuuji from Washington State University, our 2018 1st Place Winner!


February 1, 2019 at 11:59pm CST

Roxanne Smith
Virginia Tech

Competition Rules (PDF)
Sample Verification Letter (PDF)