Newswise — CHICAGO— Two food science student teams—one international, one domestic—were named winners of the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition during the IFT 2014 Annual Meeting & Food Expo. The competition, sponsored by Partners in Food Solutions through its corporate partners – General Mills, Cargill, DSM, and Buhler – is designed to promote the application of food science and technology and the development of new products and processes that are targeted at improving the quality of life for people in developing countries. The winners are as follows:
• Bogor Agricultural University, FLOYA Instant Porridge—a nutritious food packed with easily absorbed protein to combat protein malnutrition in Africa.
• California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Amma Mama’s—a sustainable sweet potato based, harvest flavored, high in protein and other nutrients tortilla that acts as a dietary staple and supplement for maternal and pregnant women in Chad, Africa.
Food security and malnutrition are challenges around the world, but even more so in developing countries. The competition, funded by Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) through a donation to Feeding Tomorrow, the Foundation of the Institute of Food Technologists, is designed to harness the passion and power of food science students to leverage food science to develop innovative products and processes to meet specific food, health and nutrition challenges in developing countries.
Now in its sixth year, the annual competition is open to graduate and undergraduate food science students around the world. This year, students were challenged to use low-value oil processing by-products in commercial products for human consumption. Under this challenge, low-value by-products typically sold at a reduced price to the animal feed industry are re-imagined and repurposed in higher-value products designed to meet food and nutrition needs. Each year, a new theme is chosen that focuses on a specific food and nutrition challenge in the developing world.
To view a video of the winners click here.
About IFT and Feeding Tomorrow
Interdependent in purpose and passion, Feeding Tomorrow and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) make solutions possible by creating a dynamic global forum where food scientists from more than 100 countries explore how food science can drive innovation and solutions for the complex challenges facing our global food system. We believe that scientific discoveries in food science hold the key to technological advances, that—when applied—will help to solve food security issues like reducing post-harvest loss, the impact of climate change on the food system, and sustainability. We are also creating programs and initiatives to build and grow the next generation of world-renowned leaders who will use food science to address these problems. We know that food science is the essential ingredient for feeding the world. For more information, please visit ift.org and feedingtomorrow.org.
About Partners in Food Solutions
Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), is a nonprofit organization that links the business and technical expertise of employee volunteers from leading food companies (General Mills, Cargill, DSM and Bühler) with small and growing mills and food processors in the developing world. Our goal is to help improve the abilities of those companies to produce high quality, nutritious and safe food at affordable prices, and to increase the demand for the crops from smallholder farmers who supply those businesses. PFS collaborates closely with TechnoServe, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and social investment funds like Root Capital.