MSU grant to help create developing world food systems

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The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation at Michigan State University announced its Innovation Challenge grant winners. The six teams have been awarded approximately $100,000 each to work toward solutions addressing global problems associated with the food value chain.

“Each team is focused on building a deeper understanding of the major global trends being explored by GCFSI,” said Reitumetse Mabokela, GCFSI co-director.

The teams will have 12 to 18 months to produce and report results. Samples of the projects include:

  • PhotosynQ, a project led by MSU that is developing and deploying a network of web-based sensors and a data-sharing platform. It will enable local scientists, breeders and citizens to improve the productivity and security of crops in communities around the world.
  • A project led by Virginia Tech, University of Georgia, AGRA and IFPRI to improve the ability of East African countries to adapt to climate change. It will highlight the economic significance of climate change in this region and assist policymakers to appropriately allocate investments to tackle these problems.
  • Tuskegee University and Sokoine University of Agriculture’s efforts to tackle vitamin A deficiency in using bio-fortified orange sweet potatoes. The project also is promoting enterprise development among women in Tanzania.

GCFSI works with the U.S. Agency for International Development to apply science and technology to help find solutions to the most critical problems of the developing world’s food systems.

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