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Seeding the Future Challenge Winners

Dynamic. Transformative. Impactful. These are a few words that describe project submissions for Seeding the Future Global Food Challenge – an initiative that seeks to inspire and support innovative, diverse and multidisciplinary teams to create products and solutions that will help to transform the food system. View the Press Release

At the conclusion of the inaugural year of the annual Challenge, more than $1 million in prizes and grants were awarded to winning teams whose projects stood out among the nearly 900 applications that were submitted from startups, nonprofits, universities, research institutions, and multi-organization collaborations from more than 60 countries. The vast and varied interest demonstrates the significance and drive to create a more resilient and sustainable food system to feed the world's growing population. Information about the Challenge's grand prize and grant winners is featured below.

On behalf of IFT and the Seeding The Future Foundation, a well-earned congratulations to this year's winners and deep appreciation to all Challenge participants for their important work to address the critical issues facing our global food system. We encourage all teams who work on impactful innovations that make our food system more sustainable, healthy and equitable to mark your calendars for the second Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge. The application process will open in June.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the next Seeding the Future Global Food System Challenge!

2022 Grand Prize Winners

Awarded for innovations that are scalable, economically feasible, trusted, and compelling to consumers, and have demonstrated major impact potential to transform the food system.


Growth Grant Winners

Awarded for demonstrating their innovation is doable and has projected both economic feasibility at scale and high impact potential to transform the food system.

Seed Grant Winners

In addition to the Grand Prize and Growth Grant winners, IFT also awarded nine Seed Grants.
Recipients include:

Chandra Associates, “CAFRESH-Connecting the Food Supply Chain”

Kly, “Upcycling Food Waste Through Fermentation”

MAVUNOLAB, “Preventing Postharvest Fish Losses through Low-cost and Mobile Solar-Drying Technologies in Tanzania”

Nurture Posterity International,  “NutriPosh composite flour for improved school diet in Uganda”

QuantumHeights GmbH, “Innovative Contributions for Process Improvement of the National School Feeding Programme in Mozambique”

Radices Bio, “Commercialization of a Novel Microbiome-based Synbiotic Food Ingredient to Support Heart Health in Aging and Minority Populations”

University of Dar es Salaam, “Micronutrient Profile and Household Use of Indigenous Crops in Tanzania”

Welthungerhilfe, “Mobile Vertical Gardens for Refugees and Internally Displaced People”

Yayasan Kopernik, “Farmer's Livelihood Support”

Challenge Funding

Funded by the Seeding the Future Foundation, the Challenge focuses on scalable and high impact innovations that reside at the intersection of three domains: safe and nutritious food for a healthy diet; sustainably produced; and accessible, appealing, affordable, and trusted by consumers.