Contributor Benefits

FFAR’s work thrives thanks to the strength of our public-private partnerships and the generous support from our external stakeholders. We recognize these valuable contributions in four designated categories:
VISIONARIES $500,000 and above

Visionary-level contributors have access to the following benefits:

  • Option to customize benefits, designed in collaboration with the chief development officer
  • Opportunity to request an onsite presentation by the FFAR executive director to review strategic programs and grants with Visionary’s board members and senior leadership  
  • Opportunity to request a FFAR director participate at an event, conference or panel of your choice
  • Jointly identify additional areas for collaboration with our staff
  • Opportunity to request a briefing by a FFAR director on strategic programs and grants
  • Reserved priority seating at our public events
  • Contributor logo and website link featured on our contributor webpage
  • Invitation to annual reception with FFAR’s executive director, board members and other leaders at the forefront of innovative food and agriculture research
  • Coordinate with our communications team to amplify messaging around our partnership on social media, at the request of the contributor 
  • Be among the first to receive our newsletter and other announcements
  • Recognition in our Annual Report that we distribute to key   food and agriculture stakeholders, including those in government, corporations and nonprofits
  • Assigned primary point of contact in our development department to answer questions and facilitate discussions
INVESTORS $250,000 to $499,999

Investor-level contributors have access to the following benefits:

  • Jointly identify additional areas for collaboration with our staff
  • Opportunity to request a briefing by a FFAR director on strategic programs and grants
  • Reserved priority seating at our public events
  • Contributor logo and website link featured on our contributor webpage
  • Invitation to annual reception with FFAR’s executive director, board members and other leaders at the forefront of innovative food and agriculture research
  • Coordinate with our communications team to amplify messaging around our partnership on social media, at the request of the contributor 
  • Be among the first to receive our newsletter and other announcements
  • Recognition in our Annual Report that we distribute to key  food and agriculture stakeholders, including those in government, corporations and nonprofits
  • Assigned primary point of contact in our development department to answer questions and facilitate discussions
CHAMPIONS $100,000 to $249,999

Champion-level contributors have access to the following benefits:

  • Contributor logo and website link featured on FFAR’s contributor webpage
  • Invitation to annual reception with FFAR’s executive director, board members and other leaders at the forefront of innovative food and agriculture research
  • Coordinate with our communications team to amplify messaging around our partnership on social media, at the request of the contributor 
  • Be among the first to receive the FFAR newsletter and other announcements
  • Recognition in our Annual Report that we distribute to key food and agriculture stakeholders, including those in government, corporations and nonprofits
  • Assigned primary point of contact in our development department to answer questions and facilitate discussions
FRIENDS $10,000 to $99,999

Friend-level contributors have access to the following benefits:

  • Contributor name and website link listed on FFAR’s contributor webpage
  • Be among the first to receive the FFAR newsletter and other announcements
  • Recognition in our Annual Report that we distribute to key food and agriculture stakeholders, including those in government, corporations and nonprofits
  • Assigned primary point of contact in our development department to answer questions and facilitate discussions
Kashyap Choksi, Ph.D.
To learn more about FFAR’s mission contact
kchoksi@foundationfar.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.