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Case Competition

The World Food Summit Case Competition is an international competition that brings together 50 students to be the policy-makers of tomorrow. Small teams from across the world will develop forward-thinking solutions to a case study that spans the breadth and depth of food systems in a three-day program.

Students engage with the participants in the concurrent World Food Summit, a unique opportunity to connect with top academics, business leaders, chefs, producers, and politicians. Each team will make a short case presentation to a select panel of distinguished professors, industry professionals, and officials. The Competition culminates at the Danish Parliament, Christiansborg, where the top four teams will present at the final plenary of the World Food Summit to all Summit participants, including Danish Minister of Environment and Food, Mr. Esben Lunde Larsen. The winning team will be awarded a prize of gastronomic import.  

The Challenge: How can gastronomy reconnect consumers with the complex systems producing their food, acting as a tool for building a more sustainable and just world?

On the one hand, urbanization has paved the way for increased mobility of ideas, capital, food, and people. On the other hand, urban consumers are more and more disconnected from the hands that feed them. What’s more, food systems are becoming ever more intricate. Between the bookends of producers and consumers, there are politicians, scientists, activists, businesspeople, economists, scholars, investors, chefs, and farmers, to name a few. The complex fabric of a food system is formed as stakeholders and market flows are woven together in growing, processing, distributing, consuming and disposing of food.

Are you up for the challenge?

How to apply to take part in the 2017 World Food Summit Case Competition: 

Please send a CV to with the subject line "Case Competition Applicant 2017" no later than 1 August 2017. It is optional to also include a letter of recommendation from a professor at the institution where you are a student. Ensure that you include your name, email address, current university and program, level of education, and phone number in your application

 In order to apply, you must be:

  • A Masters or PhD student, or an equivalent level. We welcome applicants from all academic disciplines and countries;

  • Available and ready to take part in the Case Competition in Copenhagen from August 23 at 11am until August 25 at 8pm, 2017;

  • Able to fund travel to and from Copenhagen and any necessary visa. The Danish Ministry of Environment and Food will cover expenses during your stay in Copenhagen including accommodation on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, local transportation, and meals;

  • Committed to environmental, social, culinary and economic reform of today’s food systems;

  • A creative problem-solver;

  • An avid learner with enthusiasm for transforming theory into practice.

The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, Marie-Louise Frølich Brødsgaard,  +45 20 65 84 70 |