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close this bookA Better World in 2020 - Wake-Up Calls from the Next Generation (IFPRI, 2001, 34 p.)
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What will it take to end hunger? This question has its formal, and sometimes even formulaic, answers in the development community’s paradigms and models. But given that many of the priorities we are setting, decisions we are making, and ways in which we are behaving have long-lasting and wide-reaching implications, what answers could members of the next generation be contemplating? In preparation for its international conference on “Sustainable Food Security For All By 2020,” taking place in Bonn, Germany, in September 2001, IFPRI’s 2020 Vision Initiative invited young people from around the world to show us in pictures and words how they saw our world in 2020. We asked them what we should do to assure a better world for all.

We thank the more than 600 youngsters from about two dozen countries who participated in the poster and essay competitions and shared their creativity, insights, and aspirations. They demonstrated a very personal commitment to making a better world for all in 2020 and are an inspiration to us all.

The competitions and this booklet would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and commitment of Ebbe Schi working on this assignment with the Danish Association for International Co-operation (MS). Ebbe and dedicated staff at MS-Bettina Gram, Annette Villumsen, and Niels Elbkindly helped with the logistics and implementation of the competitions and made the initial selection from which two panels of judges chose the winners. Within IFPRI, we greatly appreciate Uday Mohan’s generous and unstinting support in coordinating all aspects of the two competitions from their inception. We are also grateful to Jenna Kryszczun for helping in many different ways at many different times to keep this activity running smoothly.

This booklet contains the winning posters and essays as well as other compelling results from the competitions. We have included excerpts from other submissions in order to share a wide range of perspectives. We invite you to view and read the anxieties, aspirations, visions, and expectations of the next generation.

Per Pinstrup-Andersen
Director General, IFPRI

Rajul Pandya-Lorch
Head, 2020 Vision Initiative