Global Food Challenge

The Global Food Challenge is a unique competition for high school students, providing an opportunity for students to engage in research about food issues around the world and solve problems using their economic knowledge.

Students, individually or in teams, will perform research on a question or issue they are curious about in food trade, food markets, food safety, or food security. Using this research and their understanding of economics, students will communicate their conclusions in a paper that is entered to win cash prizes.

To help teach students about the economics of the food system, we offer a free companion curriculum series for teachers. The curriculum helps students understand the underlying economic concepts while introducing new applications for their knowledge and providing a framework for engaging in discussions about the global food system.

2021 Competition Winners:


1st Place - Food Markets

CoffeeAbree D.Cotter Schools


1st Place - Food Trade

CinnamonBenjamin B.Cloquet Senior High School

The Minnesota Council on Economic Education is grateful to AgriBank for their generous support of the 2021 Global Food Challenge program.