The startup provides a safe coating for plants and vegetables that elongates their shelf life, preserves nutrient quality, and enables post-harvest food storage. Other winners are runner-up: Safi Organics (Kenya), Kirchner Fund the Food Prize: Aeropowder (UK), the Norman Borlaug Foundation “Take it to the Farmer” Prize: SunRice (Malaysia & UK).
The annual Thought For Food (TFF) Challenge is a global “collaborative competition” to launch promising new ideas that address how we will feed and nourish our growing global population.
The Winners of the #TFFChallenge 2018! Grand Prize: Coating+ (Nigeria), Runner-Up: Safi Organics (Kenya), Kirchner Fund the Food Prize: Aeropowder (UK), the Norman Borlaug Foundation “Take it to the Farmer” Prize: SunRice (Malaysia & UK). #ThoughtForFood pic.twitter.com/8dHgiXMbnb
— Thought For Food (@thoughtforfood_) July 27, 2018
To date, TFF has contributed to the creation of 40 new social-impact startups in key areas like nutrition, synthetic biology, vertical farming, logistics, new proteins, big data and appropriate tech for smallholders.
Below are the 10 finalists that pitched:
- AEROPOWDER (UK) – A biodegradable replacement for polystyrene used in food packaging made from the poultry industry’s surplus feathers.
- Coating+ (Nigeria) – A safe coating for plants and vegetables that extends their shelf life, preserves nutrient quality and enables post-harvest food storage.
- Group Nutricandies (Brazil) – A vegetable-based, highly nutritious, chocolate-flavoured food product that is sourced from smallholder farmers.
- IoT Water Control Management (Jordan and Brazil) – A water quality monitoring system specifically developed for refugee camps and areas with limited water access.
- Laticin (Brazil) – An artificial intelligence based software for dairy management, designed to optimize the entire value chain through predictive analytics.
- Likabs Food (Ghana) – A franchise-based model that empowers smallholder farmers to safely farm snails, providing an alternative income stream and improving nutritional access.
- RiseHarvest (Australia) – A digital extension service that provides site-specific nitrogen fertilizer recommendations for smallholder farmers in Southeast Asia.
- Safi Sarvi (Kenya and USA) – A village-level fertilizer production system that delivers local access to high-quality fertilizer.
- SunRice (Malaysia and UK) – A passive-solar grain drying service with guaranteed market purchases for the subsequently higher-value grain.
- Sweetpot Yoghurt (Ghana) – Yogurt that is naturally fortified with vitamin A and dietary fibres from nutritious orange sweet potatoes.