Fresh food is either not affordable or not available for many and yet we waste more than 40% of the fresh food we grow. We think we can stimulate economically strong food systems in areas of need by systematically looking at the balance of food production, delivery, and need with an eye toward applying the latest knowledge and technology to reduce costs. Smarter food systems can enable fresh food business to thrive where it is needed the most.
One goal of the project is to develop tools and models to understand and efficiently connect food system components. The images below represent potential components that might be connected in a FIG system model. There are many ways to group and we expect that how the groups are described will evolve over time.
Technologies, market interest, capacity and knowledge can be integrated to form affordable self-sustaining food systems. Lots of entrepreneurs are already at work trying to find a way to get fresh food where it needs to go. A smarter food system would connect these and help push profitable boundaries further into areas of need.
Marie Connett, the director of Global Development Technology Portfolio for Global Good of Intellectual Ventures, shares our passion for a more connected food system.
FoodIntelligentGrids (FIG) represents application of the Smartgrids for Food Systems concept to urban settings and was initiated through partnerships of the initial case studies developed by the Italian National Research Council. The aim of FIG is to develop and apply the smartgrid concept to urban food systems in ways that build understanding and tools that can be used in communities with poor nutrition worldwide. We aspire to do this through research coordination and practical development of smartgrid concepts in selected urban settings. // Read more
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