"Food Foundations" is a play on words that highlights foundations that work on improving global food and agriculture. The focus is on how food science could improve lives by increasing food supplies, extending shelf life, improving packaging and storage, reducing post-harvest loss and consumer waste, integrating nutrition and agriculture, training and education, food safety, sustainable food systems, etc. Other aspects may also be covered, depending on the foundation’s specific work. This episode features Grameen Foundation.
Director, Agriculture Innovations, Grameen Foundation, is a committed international development professional with 15 years experience developing and implementing agriculture and food security programs. At Grameen Foundation, she leads the innovation in agriculture transformation strategy and oversees engagements with a range of public, private and government partners. She is a co-author on USAID’s Feed the Future publication Data-driven Agriculture: The Future of Smallholder Farmer Data Management and Use, which outlines the transformative aspects of digital farmer profile data to support market-led smallholder engagement strategies more efficiently, effectively and sustainably. She has professional experience related to agriculture finance for smallholder farmers in Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan. Mona holds a Master’s degree in International Agriculture Development from the University of California, Davis, and served as a small enterprise development volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Mali.
Donna Rosa, 2018 - 2019 Feeding Tomorrow Liaison of the IFT International Division, is an international business development services (BDS) consultant specializing in food processing and agribusiness. She works with micro- and small enterprises in developing countries, offering advisory services such as business analysis, business plan development, market research, training, organization development, and counseling. She has a special interest in food security and utilizing food science to address it.
Matt Teegarden, Ph.D., recently completed his Ph.D. in Food Science at The Ohio State University where he also completed his B.S. and M.S. He now works as a Scientist in Product Research and Development at Abbott Nutrition. Matt’s scientific focus is in food chemistry and functional foods. He is also an active science communicator, as a co-founder of Don’t Eat the Pseudoscience and host of the IFTNext Food Disruptors podcast.
British scientists have gained new insights into the compound in plants that plays a vital role in the natural process through which plants grow.
Air Protein has developed a method of making meat analogues out of carbon dioxide. Based on NASA ideas about how to grow food on board long journey spacecraft, Air Protein says its technology can create protein in a matter of hours and without the use of any arable land.
In a study conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers used experimental evolution to identify the core microbiome of commercial tomatoes by searching for microbial communities that could defend against random microbes landing on the plants.
Silver Spring Foods, a subsidiary of Huntsinger Farms, a grower and processor of horseradish, has made several business moves in the last three months to position the company for the future.
Nestlé Health Science has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Vital Proteins, a U.S. collagen brand and a lifestyle and wellness platform offering supplements, beverages, and food products.
Brynwood Partners has announced that its newly formed portfolio company, Buitoni Food Co., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the North American Buitoni business from Nestlé USA.
Utz Quality Foods, a U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, and Collier Creek Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company, have entered into a definitive agreement to combine and form Utz Brands, a pure-play snack food platform in the United States.
Ferrero USA, part of the global confectionery company Ferrero Group, has announced it will open a new distribution center in McDonough, Ga., in early September.
Cargill has announced a partnership with a local manufacturer in western India to launch its first chocolate manufacturing operation in Asia.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced improvements to the functionality and appearance of two types of export certificates issued for human food products exported from the United States.
According to Reuters, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), an American nonprofit organization, has launched a $40 million joint venture with African Green Resources (AGR), one of Zambia’s top farm suppliers, to boost crop yields and food security as farmers struggle to access finance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
IFT’s Chief Science and Technology Officer Maria Velissariou, PhD, reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on the global food supply chain, consumer behavior, and food security, and challenges science of food professionals to consider some tough questions as they redefine the path forward.
The USDA will extend the contracts of select vendors from the first round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.