Challenge Areas


These Challenge Areas form FFAR’s strategic research framework.

Food and agriculture systems are complex–comprised of many interconnected factors. FFAR’s work in each Challenge Area aims to solve large-scale agricultural problems, while understanding broad implications and impacts. FFAR envisions a world in which ever-innovating and collaborative science provides every person access to nutritious, affordable food grown on thriving farms. It is only by working together, through an interdisciplinary approach, that we can achieve this vision.

Who we are

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research was created as a new model for agriculture research funding through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill. A nonprofit based in Washington, DC, the Foundation builds unique partnerships to support innovative science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges


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Together, we will solve problems like how to pair new ideas with the most relevant technologies, and this will help us all create products that are not just better, but game changing — even life changing.

Fayaz Khazi, Ph.D.
president of Precision PlantSciences

This collaborative research with public and private partners will build on the investments already made in agriculture research so farmers like me can see the return on those investments through improvements in plants in our fields.

Pam Johnson
National Corn Growers Association past president, FFAR Board Member

Rijk Zwaan is keen to actively contribute to the world’s food supply and stimulate vegetable consumption. Joining the Crops of the Future Collaborative, with leafy vegetables as one of the focus crops, can help us achieve this mission.

Kees Reinink, Ph.D.
Managing Director of Rijk Zwaan