A research paper and presentation about malnutrition in Vietnam led Thomas Wilgenbusch of Roland-Story High School to the World Food Prize’s Iowa Youth Institute on April 29, 2013 at Iowa State University. Wilgenbusch was named a Borlaug Scholar at the Iowa Youth Institute. He is the co-president-elect of the Roland-Story FFA chapter, advised by Brad Taylor.

According to the World Food Prize’s Facebook page about the 2013 Iowa Youth Institute, "300 high school students and teachers came together with over 100 experts, research scientists, government officials, and business and community leaders from across the state to propose and explore their own solutions to end hunger and solve the greatest global challenges of our time."

Wilgenbusch’s paper and presentation focused on the issues and causes of malnutrition among the people of Vietnam. His research identified the agricultural, sociological and governmental factors impacting malnutrition in Vietnam. He presented some solutions as discussion points with industry leaders and academics during a roundtable session at the Institute. During the afternoon, he was able to participate in an immersion session with faculty at Iowa State University examining nutrition and health.

The World Food Prize is the vision of Iowa native Dr. Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work in agriculture, as a way to honor others who are working to end global hunger. For additional information, please visit their website at: worldfoodprize.org.