Awarded Grants
Below is a listing of our awarded grants that tackle big food and agriculture challenges.

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FFAR Vet Fellows

Year Awarded  2024

Total award amount   $10,000 per student

Location   Washington, D.C.

Matching Funders   American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) announced the 15 recipients of the 2024 Veterinary Student Research Fellowships (Vet Fellows) in partnership with the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). This fellowship creates opportunities for veterinary students to pursue research on global food security and sustainable animal production.

Fast-Track On-Farm Impact from the Cool Soil Initiative to Enhance the Climate Resilience of Australia’s Grain Producers

Year Awarded  2024

FFAR award amount   $748,394

Total award amount   $3,783,598

Location   Bathurst, Australia

Program   AgMission

Matching Funders   PepsiCo, Cool Soil Initiative

Grantee Institution   Charles Stuart University

Charles Stuart University is examining climate-smart agriculture practices in cropping and enhance the climate resilience of local Australian grain producers. This research builds on the Cool Soil Initiative, a partnership that has built and implemented a scientifically credible framework to support farmers in practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase soil health.

Accelerating the Adoption of Climate Resilient Regenerative Agricultural Practices Across the Wheat and Maize Value Chain in the Mexican Bajío

Year Awarded  2024

FFAR award amount   $750,000

Total award amount   $1,500,000

Location   Texcoco, Mexico

Program   AgMission

Matching Funders   PepsiCo

Grantee Institution   International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

CIMMYT is conducting research to accelerate the adoption of regenerative climate-smart agricultural practices in wheat and maize in Mexico. Researchers are using field measurements and modeling to estimate current and potential greenhouse gas emission reductions from climate-smart agriculture adoption in the Bajío region of Mexico.

Co-development of Innovative Prairie Cover Crop Strategies to Drive Adoption of Regenerative Climate Smart Agriculture in Key Sourcing Regions

Year Awarded  2024

FFAR award amount   $749,346

Total award amount   $1,498,693

Location   Saskatchewan, Canada

Program   AgMission

Matching Funders   PepsiCo

Grantee Institution   South East Research Farm

South East Research Farm is collaborating with University of Manitoba researchers to collect farm-level data that will be used in environmental models to evaluate the suitability of climate-smart agriculture practices and their impact on crop yield, grain quality, soil health and environmental services.

AgMission™ Funds Global Youth Consultation to Co-Create Agricultural Solutions with Young Farmers

Year Awarded  2024

FFAR award amount   $171,355

Total award amount   $342,710

Location   Rome, Italy

Program   AgMission

Matching Funders   McDonald’s and PepsiCo

Grantee Institution   World Farmers’ Organisation

This AgMission grants builds on the 2023 Global Producers’ Consultation resulting from the development and implementation of a novel farmer-driven methodology. The goal was to accelerate adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) by consulting producers on a global scale and collecting information about their needs and expectations. This new award expands on last year’s research to support a new iteration, the Global Youth Consultation, which focuses specifically on young farmers.

Dr. Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra Awarded the 2024 NAS Prize in Food & Agriculture Sciences

Year Awarded  2024

Total award amount   $1,000,000

Location   Washington, D.C.

Matching Funders   National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

Grantee Institution   University of California, Davis

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is awarding Dr. Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra of the University of California, Davis the 2024 NAS Prize in Food & Agriculture Sciences for pioneering studies on the evolutionary genetics of maize, a key crop species for global food production, to advance our understanding of the evolution of all crops.

FFAR Grant Addresses Emerging Pine Needle Diseases

Year Awarded  2023

FFAR award amount   $74,111

Total award amount   $148,237

Location   Athens, GA

Program   Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research

Matching Funders   Southern Pine Health Research Cooperative, University of Florida Board of Trustees, University of Georgia Research Foundation

Grantee Institution   University of Georgia

Loblolly pine is a highly valuable tree for pulp, paper and lumber products and the tree provides a habitat for numerous wildlife species. This important pine is currently plagued by needle diseases, about which still too little is known. Current reports from industry and government forest managers indicate a recent increase in the prevalence of needle disease in the southeastern U.S., raising concern about the stability of this important commodity in the region. Led by Dr. Caterina Villari, University of Georgia researchers are developing diagnostics that detect and identify loblolly pine needle fungal pathogens.

FFAR Grant Develops Mitigation Tactics for Cocoa Frosty Pod Rot

Year Awarded  2023

FFAR award amount   $100,000

Total award amount   $248,167

Location   Turrialba, Costa Rica

Matching Funders   CATIE, Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique Pour le Dévelopement (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development), Departamento de Cacao de la República Dominicana (Dominican Republic Department of Cacao), VMR Consulting and in-kind donors

Grantee Institution   Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE)

Cocoa is the central ingredient in chocolate and used in numerous products. A devastating pathogen, frosty pod rot, is compromising the cocoa industry in continental America, having recently reached the Caribbean. If not managed properly, the pathogen can cause yield losses of up to 80%, compromising farmer profits and jeopardizing an important U.S. import. Led by Dr. Mariela Leandro, Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) researchers are identifying disease control tactics.

A multiplexed chemical sensor system to automate non-invasive, in-ovo sex determination for the poultry industry

Year Awarded  2023

Total award amount   $494,956

Location   Davis, CA

Program   Egg-Tech Prize

Matching Funders   Open Philanthropy

Grantee Institution   SenseIT Ventures, Inc.

Commercially, chicks can only be sexed after they hatch, requiring producers to devote time and resources to incubating male chicks, only to cull them. Yearly, over six billion male layer chicks are culled when hatched because there is no commercial use for them. This research team is continuing development of an innovative microchip-based chemical sensor that captures volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from individual eggs as early as eight days into incubation. Machine learning can interpret the VOCs to classify eggs by gender. This research is supporting the integration of microchip sensors with a custom automated egg handling machine that sorts the sexed eggs.

High-throughput in-ovo sexing of chicken eggs using hyperspectral imaging & Raman spectroscopy

Year Awarded  2023

Total award amount   $499,331

Location   De Klomp, The Netherlands

Program   Egg-Tech Prize

Matching Funders   Open Philanthropy

Grantee Institution   HatchTech Group

Commercially, chicks can only be sexed after they hatch, requiring producers to devote time and resources to incubating male chicks, only to cull them. Yearly, over six billion male layer chicks are culled when hatched because there is no commercial use for them. This research team is using hyperspectral imaging and Raman spectroscopy to develop a commercially applicable optical technique for sexing hatching eggs by extracting and analyzing small droplets of the embryos’ allantoic fluid at the eighth day of incubation.