News Winners announced for the 2022 J-WAFS World Food Day Student Video Competition: MIT Research for a Food Secure Future

J-WAFS' food and agriculture-focused video competition showcases the range of approaches that MIT students apply across departments, labs, and centers to solve food systems challenges.

October 14, 2022

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October 16th, 2022 marks the 43rd annual World Food Day. To celebrate, J-WAFS held a video competition for MIT undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and recent graduates.  These videos showcase the exciting research being conducted across a variety of MIT departments and programs aimed at finding solutions to global food systems challenges.

The prize-winning videos were reviewed by a distinguished group of judges including food systems experts representing different sectors, science communications professionals from within and outside MIT, and additional MIT colleagues.

First Place Winner

AgZen Cloak: Reducing Pesticide Pollution and Waste


Vishnu Jayaprakash, Recent alum, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Second Place Winner,

Judges' Choice Award: Research Originality,

Judges' Choice Award: Creative Communication

Developing Sustainable Food Packaging for a Food-Secure Future


Sarah Av-Ron, PhD Candidate, Department of Material Science & Engineering

Katharina Fransen, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering

Judges' Choice Award: Potential for Impact,

Judges' Choice Award: Recognizing the Role of Nutrition in Food Security

Novel Materials to Fortify Foods and Combat Hidden Hunger


Rhoda Zhang, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering

Judges' Choice Award: Social Impact

Grain Box: Designing Decentralized and Integrated Solutions to Optimize Post Harvest Value Chain for Smallholder Farmers in Rural India


Mona Vijaykumar, Recent alum, Department of Architecture

Radhakrishnan Thanjuvar Ramakrishnan, Harvard University