FFAR Sponsors Competition to Feed the Next Billion

Challenge Led by the XPRIZE Foundation Will Crowdsource Innovative Solutions to Global Food and Agriculture Issues

We are facing one of the biggest challenges of our time: How will we feed ten billion people by 2050? We need the best and brightest scientists working on solutions to help us make nutritious food accessible to all. FFAR is sponsoring a new competition led by the XPRIZE Foundation to address food systems, nutrition, and environmental stewardship in agriculture.

The Challenge

Design a potential XPRIZE focused on finding ways to ensure that the 10% of the planet that remains undernourished gets access to nutritious food produced in a sustainable way.

The 2018 Visioneering Prize-Design Challenge will give teams across the world a chance to weigh in on approaches to sustainably feeding the world’s growing population. The XPRIZE Foundation is organizing the competition in partnership with HeroX to crowdsource innovative ideas to compete for cash prizes, a trip to the Visioneering 2018 event, and the chance to help develop the next XPRIZE.  Submit your ideas by July 23, 2018.

Need inspiration? Watch FFAR Executive Director Sally Rockey explain why this issue is important and what ideas she hopes you’ll bring to the table:

This competition is co-sponsored by the Tony Robbins Foundation. Feeding the Next Billion is one of five grand challenges involved in the 2018 Visioneering Prize-Design Challenge. Other challenges are:

  • Off-Grid Energy for the Developing World
  • Saving Coral Reefs
  • Disaster Prediction
  • Lifting Farmers Out of Poverty

Learn more about the 2018 Visioneering Prize-Design Challenge.

Overcoming Water Scarcity

Overcoming Water Scarcity

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Agriculture uses 70 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater. FFAR’s 2016-2018 Overcoming Water Scarcity Challenge Area addressed water use efficiency in agriculture by developing water conservation and reuse technologies, improving crop and livestock breeds, creating improved agronomic practices, increasing the social and economic tractability of conservation practices and enhancing the efficacy of Extension services.

FFAR’s Sustainable Water Management Challenge Area builds on earlier work to increase water availability and water efficiency for agricultural use, reduces agricultural water pollution and develops water reuse technologies.

Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms

Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms Challenge Area increased soil health by building knowledge, fueling innovation, and enabling adoption of existing or new innovative practices that improve soil health.

The Soil Health Challenge Area advances existing research and identifies linkages between farm productivity and soil health, while also addressing barriers to the adoption of soil health practices.

Protein Challenge

Protein Challenge

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Protein Challenge Area sought to improve the environmental, economic and social sustainability of diverse proteins.

The Advance Animal Systems challenge area supports sustainable animal production through environmentally sound productions practices and advancement in animal health and welfare. Additionally, the Next Generation Crops Challenge Area develops non-traditional crops, including plant-based proteins, and creates new economic opportunities for conventional crops to increase future crop diversity and farm profitability.

Food Waste and Loss

Food Waste and Loss

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About 40 percent of food in the US, or $161 billion each year, is lost or wasted. FFAR’s 2016-2018 Food and Waste Loss Challenge Area addressed the social, economic and environmental impacts from food waste and loss through research that developed of novel uses for agricultural waste, improved storage and distribution, supported tracking and monitoring, minimized spoilage through pre- and post-harvest innovations and changed behaviors to reduce food waste

FFAR’s current Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area addresses food waste and loss and supports innovative, systems-level approaches to reduce food and nutritional insecurity and improve human health in the US and globally.

Forging the Innovation Pathway to Sustainability

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Supporting innovation is necessary for sustainable results. Over the last 50 years, farmers have tripled global food production thanks to agricultural innovations. Forging the Innovation Pathway to Sustainability was a 2016-2018 Challenge Area that focused on understanding the barriers and processes that prevented the adoption of technology and research results into sustainable practices.

Urban Food Systems

Urban Food Systems

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The 2016-2018 Urban Food Systems Challenge Area addressed feeding urban populations through urban and peri-urban agriculture and augmenting the capabilities of our current food system.

The Urban Food Systems Challenge Area continues this work and enhances our ability to feed urban populations.

Making My Plate Your Plate

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Making My Plate Your Plate Challenge Area focused on helping Americans meet the USDA 2015 Dietary Guideline recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption, including research to both produce and provide access to nutritious fruits and vegetables.

FFAR’s current Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area supports innovative, systems-level approaches to reduce food and nutritional insecurity and improve human health in the US and globally.