IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition

The deadline for the 2016 competition has passed.

'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.


    • To promote the use of food science and innovative thinking as tools to improve the development, safety, and distribution of food in developing countries; 
    • To promote global awareness of issues related to food availability, nutrition and health;
    • To build a cohesive community of the next generation of food science leaders and to use IFT as the catalyst for creating and supporting the community;
    • To provide a link between government, international organizations, students and IFT regarding food problems in the developing world;
    • To provide IFT student members with a platform to develop relationships with other students and food science professionals that have a common interest;
    • To energize the best and brightest food science students to harness their energy and passion to explore the limitless opportunities to address global food challenges; and
    • To leverage a holistic approach to address food system challenges.

2016 Competition Winners

1st Place: McGill University with Fitamin Multimeal

2nd Place: Universidad de Costa Rica with Hamilk

3rd Place: Rutgers University with MagiCal

IFT16 Finalists


  • Universidad de Costa Rica with Hamilk
  • Bogor Agricultural University with Sun-Ami
  • Bogor Agricultural University with Creve


  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with Calihasa'
  • McGill University with Fitamin Multimeal
  • Rutgers University with MagiCal

January 15
Preliminary proposals due by 11:59pm CST

March 2016
Finalists announced

May 15
Final proposals due

July 16 - 19, 2016
Final Judging and Competition

2015-2016 Theme
Calcium is critical for women to have and maintain a healthy pregnancy. Unfortunately, many women in the Middle East and North Africa do not obtain enough calcium in their diets; this leads to an increased risk of maternal death, preterm birth, and neonatal and infant mortality. Develop a product aimed at increasing pregnant women’s intake of calcium in one of the two named regions.

Jaime Savitz
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 

Competition Rules (PDF)

2015 - 2016 Sponsor:

Tate and Lyle