IITA amongst $100,000 Growth Grant Finalist for the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge

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The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has announced IITA amongst the Growth Grand finalists to be awarded $100,000 for its project on integrating Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) as bio-inoculants to boost banana production in the East African Highlands. The announcement was published in a press release on the IFT website.

The award is part of the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge—an initiative seeking to inspire and support passionate, creative, diverse, and multidisciplinary teams to create game-changing innovations that will help transform the food system.

“The submitted ideas for all award categories are very innovative with high impact potential to create a more safe, nutritious, sustainable, and equitable food system, resulting in trusted food that is affordable and accessible to consumers,” says Seeding The Future Foundation Founder Bernhard van Lengerich in the press release.

The project aims to introduce locally isolated AMF species into banana-based production systems and catalyze the development of a commercially sustainable and scalable process for its production and distribution to smallholder farmers in Eastern Africa for a sustainable banana food system for food security and nutrition. The project is a multidisciplinary consortium from Africa and the European Union.

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