International division

International Division

Promotes international scientific communication and technology transfer among food scientists through its newsletter, education programs and other informative activities by hosting members from around the world within IFT and at IFT FIRST. 

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Kiruba Krishnaswamy International Division
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Noteworthy Programs

Food Science for Relief and Development (FSRD)

Food-related aid has traditionally centered on humanitarian crises, agriculture in development, and nutrition. These are critically important areas for addressing food and nutrition insecurity, but FSRD seeks to create a more comprehensive food system that would allow food science to connect and enhance all three areas. FSRD can be utilized in both acute and chronic aid situations and incorporates long-term sustainability and food options that are precisely fit for their purpose.

Food Science for Relief and Development

Division Accomplishments/Recognition

  • Outstanding Volunteer - The Outstanding Volunteer award honors a current Division member who provided exemplary volunteer work to the Division in the current year. The 2022-2023 recipients are Geoffrey Smithers and Herbert Stone.
  • Outstanding Service - The Outstanding Service award honors current Division members who have demonstrated a history of service to the Division or field. The 2022-2023 recipient is Anisa Heck.

Division Oral Competition Finalists

  • First: Jennifer Kusumah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Anti-Inflammatory Capacity of Selected Soybean Varieties Influenced by Protein Composition and Peptide formation after Gastrointestinal Digestion
  • Second: Xiaoang Xie, National University of Singapore: Low-calorie D-allulose as a sucrose substitute modulates the physicochemical properties and in vitro digestion of sponge cakes
  • Third: Carolina Herrera-Lavados, Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chile: Rheological properties and printability of lentil protein emulsion gels
  • Finalist: Elvis Baidoo, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University: Assessment of Hemp Flakes (CBD Oil Production By-Product) for Potential Application as a Safe Functional Food Ingredient
  • Finalist: Ama Adadzewa Eshun, Alabama A&M University: Effects of Probiotic and Natural Fermentation on Techno-functionality Properties of Red Ripper Cowpea and Lemon-Yellow Sorghum: Two Climate Resistant Crops
  • Finalist: Daphne Jumilla-Lorenz, Universitat de Girona: Raw tuna muscle characterization for the development of plant-based analogs

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