In the wake of the COVID-19 emergency, food systems need our urgent attention. We don’t have time to waste.
Thought For Food is here to support the food and agriculture innovators on the frontlines. Our community of impact-focused entrepreneurs in all parts of the world are rolling up their sleeves, experimenting, sharing, collaborating, and doing whatever it takes to ensure we can sustainably feed and nourish our planet’s most vulnerable people – now and for the future.
Our recently-launched Covid Collaboration Collective (Co3) collects and shares the solutions that TFFers around the world are developing, so that they can be deployed more quickly in other places.
We are creating an ever-growing database of ideas, knowledge and best-practice, as well as open dialogues on shared problems where entrepreneurs from all parts of the world can troubleshoot, get inspired, reinvent, and seek support. United as a global community, we are taking on our food systems’ most pressing challenges, everywhere.
This is just the start—more coming soon! ⏳
Rice Inc is Making an Impact with Their ‘Rice Up for London’ Campaign 🍚
Rice Inc, the 2018 TFF Challenge’s Borlaug ‘Take it to the Farmer’ Winner, is a social enterprise that tackles food insecurity by empowering smallholder farmers in Southeast Asia. In an interview, the Co-founder Lincoln Lee shared with us how they are navigating their business through the pandemic and finding ways to serve those whose livelihood and health are most affected.
Liv Up! A Food-tech Startup Reconnecting Farmers & Consumers 🍅
2019/20 TFF Challenge Circular Economy of Food Prize shortlist team Liv Up is a food-tech startup that makes tasty, natural and convenient food all while working to balance out the food system!
How KinoSol Puts People First and Stays Humble 🤲
2014/15 TFF Challenge Finalist KinoSol talks about their commitment to being People People, Humbly Human, a Give First Mentality, and having Conscious Commitments and why – since the COVID-19 outbreak – sticking to these values is especially important to drive how KinoSol operates and does business.
Mobilizing Rural Women Entrepreneurs for COVID-19 Response & Recovery in Bangladesh 🙋♀️
TFF Boost Team GEOPOTATO members Kazi, Zaki & Mridul developed a concept to empower poor communities in Bangladesh with the help of women entrepreneurs.
Urban, Hyperlocal Supply Chains 🏙
How are cities adapting during the global pandemic to provide access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food? In this TFF Open Conversation, we talked about the urgent need for cities and regulators to shift to systems that allow us to grow more food in urban areas and the rise of consumer demand for produce that is farmed and harvested in urban areas.
Multi-Localised Food Production 🌍
The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting food supply chains as logistics fail and global collaboration comes to a halt. Consumers demand products that are traceable and secure. TFF Founder and CEO Christine chatted with Henrik Stamm Kristensen (Founder of Blendhub) about localising food supply chains—a model that can save up to 50% of food production costs.
Connecting Growers & Consumers 🔗
The global pandemic has broken supply chains. What can we do to solve this? How can we improve the movement of goods locally, regionally, and globally, and improve traceability from farm to fork? We invited next-gen entrepreneurs from Uganda, Venezuela, Indonesia, Colombia, and Nigeria who have been on the frontlines to talk about how COVID-19 is transforming food supply chains globally.
Democratizing Biotech in Emerging Economies 🔬
Biology-based innovations can solve the most important challenges our world is facing and help strengthen some of the most vulnerable communities, especially in emerging economies. Yet, cutting-edge innovations are still primarily coming from and targeting Western countries.
Aglonera pivots to connect farmers directly to end-consumers 🌾
Due to Covid-19, Aglonera has pivoted their business to sell directly to the individual end-consumers and businesses in Bekasi, a city located at the Eastern border of Jakarta.
COVID-19 and Agriculture: How can Next-Gen Digital Solutions Help? 📱
The global TFF Community is stepping up to build and share breakthrough digital solutions that help to solve the urgent issues facing our food systems. A presentation to the World Bank by TFF Founder and CEO Christine Gould.
How to set up a DIY lab during lockdown 🧪
Due to the pandemic’s lockdown situation, Xilinat had to move their research closer to home. They set up a DIY Lab, and here Founder Javier Larragoiti shares some tips and tricks to support other science-based entrepreneurs during these challenging times.
Cultivando Futuro open-sources their API 👩🏽🌾
By opening their technology to TFF’s global community of over 20,000 innovators from 175 countries, Cultivando Futuro are initiating a leap forward to a new era of smallholder farmer-empowered agriculture.