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Transformative Research Challenge

01 - TRC explained

02 - Challenge overview

The WFF Transformative Research Challenge (TRC) aims to inspire research and innovation in sustainable development to end hunger and transform our agrifood systems.

Teams of young and young-at-heart researchers are invited to submit a two-page concept note proposing an innovative research idea to help end hunger and transform our agrifood systems focusing on one of “four betters” as well as on the WFF’s theme of the year: “Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.

Shortlisted participants will receive expert mentorship to help translate their concepts into sound research papers and present them at the WFF global stage in October 2022.

Output examples include:

  • a research article for publication;
  • a research project proposal for grant funding;
  • a paper or presentation at a scientific conference;
  • a plan for further development, partnership or scaling to transform a research innovation into a tangible solution.

During the pitches, a panel of expert judges will select the top three teams and present a special award to the team that best aligns with the WFF theme of the year.

 

Didn't have time to apply to the Transformative Research Challenge? Apply to the TRC PPR Prize!

Transformative Research Challenge - PPR Special Prize
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

03 - Five reasons to join the WFF Transformative Research Challenge

Shortlisted innovators will be invited to present a lightning talk at the WFF flagship event taking place in October 2022, as well as benefit from the following:

  1. Mentoring: Ten to fifteen shortlisted teams will receive personalized mentorship from globally recognized experts in their field to help “translate” their concept note into a concrete research output (e.g. a research proposal for grant funding or research article for publication).
  2. Coaching: Each team will be coached in the preparation of the lightning talk for the final presentations.
  3. Networking:  Participants will have access to a global audience of young leaders and organizations from the public and private sectors, including the United Nations.
  4. Visibility: The WFF will provide a platform for global youth to showcase innovative research ideas and approaches to a global audience. Shortlisted teams will be profiled on the WFF website, and have the chance to pitch their research project to a global audience and international expert panel on the WFF flagship event stage.
  5. Ongoing promotion: Shortlisted teams and the winner of the TRC may be included in additional learning and exposure activities associated with the WFF, such as a social media campaigns, case studies, and future events to foster ongoing visibility and encourage future development.

04 - Meet the 2021 winners

 

Also meet the 2021 judges, mentors and experts and learn more about the Terms and conditions about the Transformative Research Challenge.

05 - Ideas from the 2021 TRC finalists

WFF Better Production TRC Award
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TRC finalist 2021 - prod 1

Innovative Solution: "The pursuit of sustainable pork production: a metabolic approach"

Team member: Morgan Zumbaugh
Mentor: Mateus Mondin

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TRC finalist 2021 - prod 2

Innovative Solution: "Prebio-tech: scaling alternative protein with prebiotics"

Team Members: Chian-Wen Chan, Daniel Mahadzir, Mohd Fadzelly Abu Bakar, Nur Hafizah Malik, Aqilah Awg Abdul Rahman
Mentor: Antoine Affokpon

WFF Better Nutrition TRC Award
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TRC finalist 2021 - nutr 1

Innovative Solution: "Addressing the demand gap for sweet biofortified with low cyanide content cassava varieties for the fresh market segment in Nigeria"

Team Members: Adenike Ige, Ismail Rabbi, Chinedu Nwoko, Ruth Uwugiaren, Moshood Bakare
Mentor: Dimas Rahadian Aji Muhammad

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TRC finalist 2021 - nutr 2

Innovative Solution: "Utilizing natural variation to create healthier and more nutritious food"

Team Member: Maria Itria Ibba
Mentor: Hazel Fromm-Tatosian

WFF Better Environment TRC Award
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TRC finalist 2021 - env 1

Innovative Solution: "Development of spatially explicit decision support systems to identify unexploited lands for sustainable cropland expansion responding to future food demands with minimum environmental impacts"

Team members: Elliott Dossou-Yovo, Komlavi Akpoti
Mentor: George Akoko

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TRC finalist 2021 - env 2

Innovative Solution: "Understanding irrigation behavioural change as a result of adopting water saving technologies - a Case Study from Jordan"

Team members: Nafn Amdar, Arif Anwar
Mentor: Atef Swelam

WFF Better Life TRC Award
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TRC finalist 2021 - life 1

Innovative Solution: "TRANSNUTCARE - nutrition care for transgender community"

Team members: Sara Marques da Costa, Telma Nogueira, Mariana Liñan Pinto, Vitória Dias da Silva
Mentor: Kaat Verplanken

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TRC finalist 2021 - life 2

Innovative Solution: "Eradicate Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) and improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Evidence from Senegal"

Team member: Pacem Kotchofa
Mentor: Andrew Mang’ula

06 - 2022 TRC timeline

07 - PPR Special Prize

Didn't have time to apply to the Transformative Research Challenge? Apply to the TRC PPR Prize!
Transformative Research Challenge - PPR Special Prize

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