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PAST WINNERS IN THE CATEGORY Food

2017 - Food - Category Winner

Evaptainers

"Evaptainers are electricity-free mobile refrigeration units which run at low-cost. Utilizing the phenomenon of evaporative cooling, rather than more energy-intensive vapor compression refrigeration, they are ideal for use in off-grid rural areas with low relative humidity. Evaporative cooling has been employed successfully for centuries in products like the Zeer Pot. Proven to be effective for agricultural use, these products have been known to triple or quadruple the shelf-life of most produce. The company has taken these inventions and upgraded them for modern and commercial use. Using state-of-the art materials and improved design, they have created more effective, more durable, easier to use, mass-producible units. The units reach the same thermal efficiency as the Zeer Pot and have extended storage times of fresh food from days to weeks in pilot program tests. The Evaptainer has a wide range of applicability and potential markets given the current post-harvest food spoilage levels in developing markets."
2011 - Food - Category Winner

The China Study

The China study is the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted. This exhaustive presentation of the findings from the China Study conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
2012 - Food - Category Winner

BackPack Farm Agriculture Program

This Kenya-based social enterprise sells canvas backpacks that contain tools and products like seeds and drip irrigation equipment to small commercial farmers in East Africa who work on 2-5 acres. The goal: boosting farm productivity and sustainability and improving nutrition for communities. The program also provides hands-on training, and recently developed a training application for mobile phones.
2013 - Food - Category Winner

Practical Action

Founded by the late German environmentalist E.F.Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful, Practical Action is a U.K. based NGO that uses technology to fight poverty in developing countries. The award is for its simple yet highly effective “Zeer pot fridge,” made of two clay pots, one set inside the other with a layer of wet sand between the two, which can extend the useful life of fresh and cooked foods by several days.
2014 - Food - Category Winner

Netafim

Netafim is integrating drip technology with a low-tech gravity-based system that enables smallholder farmers in developing countries to costeffectively increase yields and quality, while maximizing water efficiency. Netafim has developed an irrigation system that drips precise quantities of water and nutrients right at the root zone of crops. An elevated tank distributes the water using gravity, which results in a minimized need for electricity and no need for further investments in infrastructure. Thus, the system is helping reduce water usage significantly, improve crop quality, and increase crop yields.
2015 - Food - Category Winner

Salt Farm Texel

Salt Farm Texel is a developer of salt-tolerant crops.

Food

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

James Beard, Chef
A global human population of 7 billion demands large strides in food production and security. This category involves those efforts made to improve output and efficiency of farmland and fisheries and reduce their effect on environmental systems. As well, this category covers innovations involving efficient water use and sustainable and safe alternative food supplies.

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Chris Mann CEO, Guayaki

Chris got his BA in Economics from Harvard University but quickly realized that economics conveniently forgot about sustaining the environment and protecting people. Through his experience with Guayaki and previously with Natural Flavors, a 100% organic, vegan restaurant that employed 25 people and...
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Dariusz Kucz Non-Executive Director

Dariusz graduated from the University of Economics in Poznan, Poland with an MS degree in Economy.He received scholarships at Manchester Business School, UK and at Inter-University Center (Dubrovnik/Croatia) .Dariusz started his business career with Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in 1990. He was the...
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Darren Swanson Founder and CEO, Novel Futures Corporation

For over two decades, he has been helping governments, United Nations agencies, international think tanks, foundations, communities and businesses imagine and navigate the future....
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Jonathan Wadsworth Lead Agriculture Specialist, World Bank Group

A livestock scientist by training, Dr. Wadsworth has spent most of his career in the field, working to develop and disseminate life-saving agricultural technologies to the farmers who need them most. He spent decades designing and implementing projects across the global south, until DFID asked him...
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Kathleen Finlay President, Glynwood / Harvard Medical School

Prior, Kathleen was the Managing Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. Kathleen started the Harvard Community Garden, the University’s first garden dedicated solely to the production of food, and produced the award-winning film Once Upon a Tide....
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Margaret Brusasco-Mackenzie Policy Advisor, UN

B) and Yale (LL.M). She has taught in universities in UK, Lesotho, and Belgium. Most of her career was with the European Commission in Brussels where she worked as Head of International Affairs in DG Environment, and as Adviser on Sustainable Development. She took part in negotiations,bilateral and...
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Markus Laubscher Program Manager Circular Economy, Philips

He oversees pilot projects on circular economy implementation, tracks progress, drives capacity building and is the operational contact for partnerships on the topic. His main area of expertise is sustainable business and innovation strategy, built up over 10 years in corporate research, venturing...
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