GAIN Student Challenge 2018

On 28 and 29 September 2018, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) will launch its first student challenge in collaboration with different Dutch higher educational institutions. During two days, 50 students will work in interdisciplinary teams to develop a solution to one of GAIN’s present-day projects.

There are many public discussions around food and nutrition issues in the Netherlands, but these discussions have a strong national focus with a large share of the discussions revolving around individual diets and sustainable consumption patterns. There is considerably less attention to food systems and nutrition in developing countries. Nevertheless, the Netherlands play a significant role in addressing international nutrition issues, for example through trade, government, knowledge institutes and NGOs. To build the foundation for continued support from the Netherlands, it is central to create awareness of international food systems and nutrition among young and future professionals.

With this student challenge, GAIN would like to reach out to students from all study backgrounds to raise awareness around our work on food and nutrition: during the two days, the students will work in small, mixed teams on one of GAIN’s current projects. The aim will be to develop sustainable and innovative solutions to improve a food system.


  • … learn about the social, ethical, economic, institutional, and technical challenges related international food systems and nutrition.
  • … learn about the work of a global non-profit organisation such as GAIN by working on a real project.
  • … receive expert coaching to work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • … learn to pitch a solution to a professional jury.
  • … meet students from all over the Netherlands and connect with food and nutrition professionals.

For more detailed information, please consult the full brief and flyer below.


Max. 50 Bachelor (3rd year) & Master students from all Dutch universities (WO and HBO).


Send an e-mail with your name, the year and title of your current studies, and the name of your university to before 1 June, 2018.

For more information on the GAIN student challenge 2018: Better Food for All, you can contact us via or download the full brief here.