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Year Awarded 2023
FFAR award amount $1,000,000
Total award amount $2,000,000
Matching Funders The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation
Food waste occurs for numerous reasons and at various levels throughout the food system, which makes tackling the problem especially challenging. The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR), in collaboration with The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation is awarding three grants to develop an original, innovative methodology for regularly occurring quantitative measurement of food waste generated in US households that stakeholders across the food system can use.
FFAR award amount $500,000
Total award amount $1,000,000
Location West Lafayette, IN
The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR), in partnership with the National Pork Board (NPB), launched the Improving Swine Production Air Quality Program in 2022 to advance technology that can reliably and objectively measure the level of particles in the air so advancements can be made to remove them to improve air quality.
Location Brooklings, SD
Year Awarded 2021
FFAR award amount $299
Total award amount $609,816
Location Clemson, SC
Program Seeding Solutions
Matching Funders Clemson University, North Carolina State University and The University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Peanuts are an affordable source of proteins and are an important source of beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Despite its unique nutrient profile and affordability, the peanut is also a primary source of food allergies. Peanuts contain specific proteins that are allergenic, causing dangerous and sometimes life-threatening reactions in peanut-sensitive individuals. The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is awarding a $299,922 Seeding Solutions grant to Clemson University to develop reduced allergenic, high-oleic peanut genotypes, essentially reducing the allergens within peanuts while increasing the healthy fats. Clemson University, North Carolina State University and The University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill provided matching funds for a total $609,816 investment.
Previous research and remedies for peanut allergy targeted the human response to the allergens, not the peanut allergens themselves. This project has two main goals: make peanuts less allergenic by reducing the number of allergen-causing proteins and increasing the amount of healthy oil.
FFAR award amount $5,000,000
Total award amount $10,000,000
Location Washington, DC
Matching Funders The Rockefeller Foundation, Seerave Foundation
Sustainable, diverse foods that meet individuals’ nutritional needs can prevent diet-related illnesses and malnourishment; however, scientific understanding of the nutritional benefits of individual foods is still rudimentary. At most, 150 of foods’ biochemical components are tracked in conventional databases, representing only a tiny fraction of the tens of thousands of biochemicals in food. The Periodic Table of Food Initiative is a global effort to standardize food analysis and better understand foods’ impact on human health, agriculture and nutrition.
Year Awarded 2020
FFAR award amount $333,777
Total award amount $667,570
Location Corvallis, OR
Matching Funders Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Oregon State University, OSU Food Innovation Center, Pacific Seafood Group, Seafood Industry Research Fund, Trident Seafoods, West Coast Seafood Processors Association
The American food system wastes food and resources, in part because raw materials are discarded during processing. This waste, especially of protein sources, is highly problematic as an additional 148 million people may be protein deficient by 2050 due to climate change. Researchers at Oregon State University are developing high protein, nutritious and attractive food products from byproducts of the seafood industry.
FFAR award amount $221,743
Total award amount $506,743
Matching Funders Microsoft
Purdue University researchers are creating a series of open-access online dashboards that help quantify and illustrate potential disruptions to the food supply chain. The dashboards will focus on COVID-19 but have the flexibility to be tailored to suit future market disruptions.
Total award amount $2,044,872
Location Pullman, WA
Matching Funders Lundberg Family Farms, Washington State University
Despite its popularity and nutritional content, quinoa is still underutilized because it is imported, even though nutritious, high-quality varieties can grow and thrive in this country. Washington State University researchers are growing new quinoa varieties and analyzing them for amino acid and micronutrient concentrations. The researchers are testing soil and nutrient management practices that enhance the crops’ nutritional values while also improving yield. Thousands of quinoa varieties are being evaluated in diverse soil types and unique environments.
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