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Are you a Master's student enrolled in a food study programme eager to find solutions to improving sustainability in the cereal sector? We want to hear about them!

We are accepting proposals and solutions to how ancient grains/alternative grains can contribute to improved sustainability in the cereal chain! Winning ideas will be rewarded with great prizes!

Students will participate in an innovative, learner-centric environment based on active, action-oriented learning to develop a project including a specific objective/target, the design and development of a solution exploitable at the industry level and with the main aim of contributing to innovation in sustainable food systems as well as quality and safety of foods. The 2019 Food Factory-4-Us Sustainable Supply Chain International Student Competition will aim to answer the following question: 

How can ancient/alternative grains contribute to improved sustainability of the cereal chain?


  • Do you have a great idea for using ancient or alternative grains to improve sustainability in the cereal chain? Form a  team of 3-5 Master's students, get a faculty mentor, read the instructions on Project Topic and Evaluation, go to Application form and briefly present your project proposal (1000 characters) and your team members the latest by 31 October 2019!
  • The Advisory Board  will evalute all incoming project proposals for innovation; industry applicability; and social, economic and/or environmental impact. 
  • All accepted student teams will begin working independently on their projects and will participate in a series of complimentary trainings.  
  • Deadline for submitting your project report and presentation is 15 February 2020 per email to
  • The Advisory Board will evaluate all submitted projects and presentations.
  • At the Final Virtual Conference (to be held in the week of 2 March 2020), all teams will present their projects in an online conference in the presence of industry and multiplayer representatives. And the Winning Team will be found! Check out the attractive prizes!
  • Under Timeline and important dates you can see all deadlines and scheduled online trainings. Student teams are requested to check this site regularly as changes may occur.


The competition aims to improve students' practical ability in identifying and solving real problems in sustainable food production / processing and uses action-oriented and participatory learning to train students to work together on skills that are essential for today’s job market.

The ISEKI-Food Association, through its affiliate European FooD-STA and under the umbrella of the FoodFactory-4-Us competitions is organizing this second “Sustainable Supply Chain” competition in collaboration with the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC). You may read about the “Sustainable Aquaculture” competition and previous FoodFactory-4-Us competitions here. These competitions are one of the case studies of the NextFOOD project which promotes innovative education for sustainable agriculture.