The World Food Preservation Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and research funds to young scientists from developing countries who are seeking to reduce post harvest losses of food.
The foundation will help support the work of the World Food Preservation Center, LLC, a partnership of ten universities on six continents. The center and the foundation seek to avert future food shortages by innovating new, low-cost and sustainable techniques to reduce widespread losses of food after harvest. Studies by the UNFAO and the World Bank indicate that one-third of all food worldwide is lost before reaching the consumer. In developing countries, as much as half of harvested food is lost before being consumed. Yet the vast majority of funding in agricultural science continues to go toward the production of food rather than its preservation.
The challenge of how to feed a rapidly growing world population and combat world hunger requires fresh thinking. The foundation will provide funding to young scholars pursuing M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the post harvest preservation of food, with a particular emphasis on preventing losses in developing nations.
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