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HabiTerre Co-Founder Selected as FoodShot Global GroundBreaker Prize Winner

HabiTerre Founder Dr. Kaiyu Guan was selected as a winner of the GroundBreaker prize by FoodShot Global and the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR). He was one of three winners announced for their work in BioActive Foods, Precision Protein, and Innovating Soil 3.0.

“These GroundBreakers represent the bold ideas and innovation needed to make food a solution to improving human and planetary health,” said FoodShot Global Founder and Chairman Victor Friedberg. “Perhaps most important, the winners are leveraging partnerships, science, and technology in a way that makes the food system more equitable and ensures nutrition security at a global level.”

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Dr. Kaiyu Guan will receive $120,000 for his work in Innovating Soil 3.0. This prestigious award recognizes his development of the technology underlying HabiTerre’s advanced “system-of-systems” solution for field level carbon accounting, which supports farmers making sustainability decisions and provides rigorous GHG and soil organic carbon accounting.

This leading-edge approach integrates numerous observational and reported data sources with the most advanced crop and GHG modeling technologies. It’s continually evolving and improving with the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence. At HabiTerre, we can apply this technology to every field in the US (and beyond), to serve the entire food and agriculture value chain – from farmers, to the companies and people who benefit from agricultural commodities.

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"The FoodShot Groundbreaker Prize is a great honor and recognition to our whole team," said Dr. Guan. "We will partner with various stakeholders across agricultural value chains to put our solutions in use, including farmers, policy-makers, and companies aiming to reduce their Scope 3 agricultural emissions. We hope to work with FoodShot Global's extensive network and cross-sectoral influence to accelerate and scale the adoption of our advanced solutions to millions of farms in the years to come."

Additional information about these GroundBreakers and the entire FoodShot Global portfolio is available at

Read the full FoodShot Global press release.

Read the full FFAR press release.


About FoodShot Global

Headquartered in New York City, FoodShot Global is a non-profit investment platform bringing together a worldwide consortium of venture funds, banks, corporations, universities and foundations to catalyze the success of global, transformative solutions to critical food and agriculture problems. The annual FoodShot identifies the most pressing obstacles to creating a healthy, sustainable and equitable global food system. The FoodShot Global network provides winning entrepreneurs and researchers with industry expertise, investment and other resources to support science and technology development, address commercialization and scale-up needs and maximize the impact of innovative solutions. FoodShot partners include Rabobank’s F&A Innovation Fund, Generation Investment Management, Mars Inc., UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Builders Initiative, Novo Holdings, Cornucopian Capital, Agri-Futures, CSIRO, Armonia, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, The Yield Lab Institute, The Yield Lab Europe, Acre Ventures, Bits x Bites, Peakbridge Ventures, The Livability Challenge, Wageningen University and Research, The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, The Nature Conservancy, The Grantham Foundation, Davis Wright Tremaine, The Soil Health Institute, Mista and The Shakeup Factory.

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Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) builds public-private partnerships to fund bold research addressing big food and agriculture challenges. FFAR was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement USDA’s research agenda. FFAR’s model matches federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment. Through collaboration and partnerships, FFAR advances actionable science benefiting farmers, consumers and the environment.

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