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FFAR Accepting Applications for Harvest for Health Breakthrough Crop Challenge

WASHINGTON (June 12, 2024) —  (FFAR) is now accepting پDzԲ. is accelerating the development of underutilized crops to increase the diversity of foods in the marketplace. The Harvest for Health Breakthrough Crop Challenge invites applicants to submit predictive models that can screen underutilized crops to determine a crop’s usefulness as a source of functional ingredients or nutrients. FFAR and  (GAIN) will award $1 million to the applicant with the winning predictive model.

Of more than 50,000 known edible plant species, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that  — rice, wheat and maize — account for two-thirds of the world’s food supply. As a result, many nutritious, resilient crops remain underutilized, contributing to poor dietary diversity and health outcomes.

FFAR partnered with GAIN, with funding from  (RFCC), The Rockefeller Foundation’s public charity, to launch the  to accelerate the development of underutilized crops, increasing the diversity of foods in the marketplace.

Applications to the Harvest for Health Breakthrough Crop Challenge will be reviewed by an expert review panel, and $1 million will be awarded to the selected predictive model that meets all requirements outlined in the application criteria, available . The application submission deadline is August 7, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. FFAR hosted an informational webinar in October 2023 that detailed application requirements and answered frequently asked questions. The  is available on the FFAR website.

“Underutilized crops have the potential to diversify the world’s food supply,” said , FFAR senior program director. “A more diverse food supply provides consumers with more healthful food options, sustainably contributes to a more resilient food system and improves nutritional security in the wake of climate change.”

FFAR welcomes applications from all domestic and international higher education institutions, non-profit and for-profit organizations and U.S. government-affiliated research agencies. FFAR also highly encourages applications from Hispanic-serving institutions, 1890s Land-Grant Institutions and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. FFAR and GAIN reserve the right not to issue funds if no predictive model meets all outlined criteria.

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