FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Food Tank Food System Vision Prize
The Rockefeller Foundation has partnered with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO to amplify the discourse on the state and the future of the world’s many food systems. And to empower communities globally to develop actionable solutions and become protagonists in their own food future. Creating a compelling and progressive Vision for the future of our food system requires a culture of collaboration that rallies industry, policy, academia, and society to act as one. When we come together, we can deliver sustainable, nourishing diets for people and the planet by 2050.
A positive, inspirational Vision, in which we see the possible in our mind’s eye, is the necessary, creative opening to any act of innovation or development we make in the real world. It has the potential to ignite a movement. And it inspires diverse stakeholders to rally and unite behind it. Without a Vision, and the plan it inspires, we do not progress from hope to action.
$2M will be distributed to the Top Visionaries, who will be eligible to receive a prize of $200,000 each
Prize Participants may submit their Visions at any point during the Open Submission Phase and are encouraged to publish an initial post of their submission by the Early Submission Deadline on 5 December 2019. Participants who publish their submission by this deadline will have the opportunity to attend an invitation-only webinar with members of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Food team, the Sponsors of this Prize. No preference will be given to participants who submit early; however participants who do may benefit from the opportunity to connect with other participants, seek feedback on their submission, and engage with the OpenIDEO community team. All published submissions may be updated until 31 January 2020.
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FEATURED ORGANIZATION: Go Austin Vamos Austin
Go Austin Vamos Austin (GAVA) is a group of community leaders and partners working to tackle the health issues facing the 78744 and 78745 area codes of Austin, Texas. GAVA was born out of one physician's mission to help her patients overcome their health problems. Dr. Aliya Hussaini was a resident physician at People’s Community Clinic where she saw patients who were dealing with obesity and obesity-related diseases. These patients had nowhere to turn to for handling these problems and faced obstacles that prevented them from getting healthier. Her position as Health Director at the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation gave her the support she needed to come up with a plan to help her patients and others in the community overcome obesity and its diseases.
Other leadership organizations in the Dove Springs community combined efforts with Dr. Hussaini and her team to employ this plan. In 2012, the initiative officially launched its efforts to decrease rates of childhood obesity and diabetes in the 78744 area code and have expanded into the 78745 area code.
FEATURED TOOL: Fellowships for Food Systems Professionals
Funding opportunities for professionals wishing to expand their horizons.
Applied Community & Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program, Illinois State University
The Applied Community & Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program at Illinois State University's Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development is a two-year fellowship program leading to a master's degree in Applied Economics, Political Science, or Sociology, each with an interdisciplinary sequence in Applied Community/Economic Development. Fellows complete one calendar year of on-campus study. During their professional practice internships in their second year, fellows receive community and economic development field experience in urban and rural communities. The ACED Fellows Program includes full tuition waivers, plus stipends for the graduate assistantship and internship.
New Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Major Announced at NC State University
Events and News From NAFSN's National Founding Partners
NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has a new major program. The new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems is a cross-departmental program offered through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Horticultural Science.