IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition

The IFT Student Association (IFTSA) is committed to engaging student members from around the world to utilize 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.

Theme (2019–2020)

According to 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.

2020 Winners

  • First Place: Team PATH, Montana State University
  • Second Place: Planting for the Future, University of Minnesota
  • Third Place: Stewpidgood Kilishi, McGill University (Canada)

2020 Finalists

  • Magtummy, Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)
  • Mango Maafe, Cornell University
  • Pitamin A, Taylor’s University Malaysia


Each of the finalist teams will receive a certificate and a reimbursement for travel to the IFT Annual Event & Food Expo of up to $1,500. Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony. Prize amounts are as follows.

  • First Place: $3,000
  • Second Place: $1,500
  • Third Place: $500

The IFT 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 post-event issue of Food Technology magazine.


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. Complete eligibility details will be included in the competition guidelines document, which will be available later this year.

Competition Submission and Deadlines

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2021

Submissions will open in early 2021. Stay tuned for details.

Competition details, including competition theme and eligibility requirements, will be available later this year.

Sample Verification Letter

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Competition Chair

Niamh Schumacher, University of Tennessee