Thought For Food (TFF), the world's non-profit leader in next-generation innovation for impact in food and agriculture, is thrilled to announce the 10 Finalist Teams and Topical Prize Winners from the global TFF Challenge 2022.
Of the more than 3000 participants from 139 countries working to solve the global challenges facing our food systems, these ventures from 16 countries have been selected to receive world-class acceleration and mentorship from leading companies. The TFF Challenge Finalists have a chance to win cash prizes from TFF and partners.
Answering the prevailing question: "how do we feed 10 billion people on a hotter planet?", each venture showed exceptional creativity and drive in leveraging advanced technologies and inclusive business models to develop unique solutions to on-the-ground challenges that will pave the way for large-scale food systems transformation.
From supporting farmers in Pakistan at the frontlines of the climate emergency to forging new economic opportunities for Ukraine's agricultural sector; from increasing healthy food and energy production on Native American lands to ensuring fair wages and better labor practices along the supply chain; from enabling green finance to facilitating the transition to plant-based proteins and sustainable biomaterials; from reducing food loss to decentralizing fertilizer and electricity production, the TFF Challenge 2022 teams are changing how and where game-changing innovation happens – and are showing that local solutions can be scaled globally for massive impact.
"The TFF Challenge is more relevant than ever"
Our food systems are responsible for feeding 10 billion people by 2050, yet they face unprecedented challenges from the triple threats of covid, conflict, and climate change. Food, fertilizer, and energy prices have hit record levels, with devastating impacts on farmers and vulnerable communities that are rippling throughout the supply chain and affecting consumers in all markets.
The good news is that visionary and purpose-driven innovators are stepping up to change this unworkable status quo. They are developing and deploying exciting entrepreneurial solutions that bring hope – moving us towards a paradigm where we can feed, nourish, and clothe everyone while also regenerating ecosystems, societies, and economies.
"TFF's decentralized innovation engine is perfectly set up to discover and support innovative ventures in all markets, and we connect them to a global support system. This is how we build the resiliency we need to weather today's shocks and new ones that will inevitably come our way."
"I want to sincerely congratulate these teams and every single person who took the time to join the TFF Challenge 2022. The best outcome is that we are gathering people all over the world and inviting them into our TFF Community – people who possess the vision, ambition, and approaches needed to solve our planet's biggest and most urgent challenges in brave new ways. Together, we are shaping a new narrative about what's possible."
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