FFAR Sponsors Feeding the Next Billion Challenge at XPRIZE Visioneering 2018

Teams compete for chance to change the world

PALOS VERDES (Oct. 17, 2018) –This week, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and The Tony Robbins Foundation will take part in XPRIZE Visioneering 2018 for the chance to launch global competition aimed at feeding a growing global population. During Visioneering, two teams designing competitions for the “Feeding the Next Billion” Grand Challenge will compete against eight other prize designs that hope to solve humanity’s most significant challenges.

FFAR and The Tony Robbins Foundation are sponsoring the Feeding the Next Billion Grand Challenge, which would ensure that people across the globe have access to nutritious and sustainable food. The No Soil Challenge and See No Weevil Challenges comprise the two Feeding the Next Billion prize concepts. Other Grand Challenges in the running include Saving Coral Reefs, Lifting Farmers Out of Poverty, Natural Disaster Prediction and Off-Grid Energy Access.

“Providing all people –now and in the future –healthy food produced in ways that preserve the planet’s natural resources is not only an urgent test for agriculture but for humanity itself,” said FFAR Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey. “FFAR is thrilled to partner with The Tony Robbins Foundation and XPRIZE to bring new perspectives and innovations to the world’s table.”

At Visioneering, prize designs compete against each other for support and funding, and could one day launch as a global XPRIZE competition. The event gathers a selective crowd including CEOs, world leaders, philanthropists, influencers and thought leaders who will vote on the prize concepts to determine the Grand Prize Winner on October 19, 2018.

“I grew up in a food-insecure household and at the age of 11, a total stranger showed up at my door with a Thanksgiving meal,” said Tony Robbins. “This moment changed my life and I decided I was going to find a way, somehow, someday, to give back and pay it forward. With the projected global population to reach ten billion people by the year 2050, we are facing one of the biggest social issues of our time. I’m honored to partner with FFAR in this competition to help solve one of humanity’s most significant social issues.”

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The Tony Robbins Foundation

Founded in 1991, The Tony Robbins Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to empower individuals and organizations to make a significant difference in the quality of life of people often forgotten. Through global programs and initiatives, The Tony Robbins Foundation is dedicated to creating positive changes in the lives of youth, seniors, the hungry, homeless and the imprisoned population. The Foundation helps provide millions of meals globally each year, has awarded over 2,000 grants and other resources to health and human services organizations, implemented curriculum in 1,600 plus correctional facilities and gathered thousands of young leaders from around the world with its teen programs. For more information, visit www.thetonyrobbinsfoundation.org.

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.