Patents for Humanity Awards 2013 - Food & Nutrition



The 2013 Patents for Humanity award winners in the category Food & Nutrition.


DuPont Pioneer

Sorghum is a staple crop for nearly 300 million people in Africa. DuPont Pioneer has developed genetically improved sorghum with increased levels and stability of pro-vitamin A and enhanced protein digestibility, in addition to improved bioavailability of iron and zinc. DuPont partners with African organizations, especially in Kenya and Nigeria, by providing training and technical assistance to African scientists to incorporate the improvements into local sorghum varieties. Initial work was supported by the Gates Foundation.


Intermark Partners Strategic Management LLP

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 925 million individuals worldwide were malnourished in 2010. Rice bran, a by-product of rice milling process worldwide is high in many essential nutrients, but not suitable in its raw form for human consumption. Intermark developed a process to extract edible foodstuff from rice bran high in antioxidants, nutrients, digestible protein, and carbohydrates. This technology makes available nearly 40 million tons of rice bran each year to reduce malnutrition in developing countries. Intermark is working with the governments of Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador to deliver the technology through regional production facilities. It has benefited thousands of chronically malnourished children in Latin America so far.