Danone announces new grant program for sustainable food


Danone Institute North America announced the launch of their new One Planet. One Health Initiative. Transdisciplinary teams from across the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to apply for the new grant program in which four teams will be challenged to design, implement, and evaluate actionable community-based projects for sustainable food systems.

Danone North America is on a mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible and a global vision of One Planet. One Health. This vision reflects Danone North America’s belief that the health of people and the health of the planet are inseparable. As a reflection of this vision, the goal of the Danone Institute North America’s One Planet. One Health initiative is to foster transdisciplinary, community-based work to promote sustainable food systems.

In the program’s first year, Danone Institute North America will award $90,000 to the four selected teams to implement their projects and amplify their messages to a broader audience. This grant will provide seed funding for projects such as pilot studies, feasibility testing, needs assessments and planning grants. To learn more and submit a project, click here.

In addition, the four chosen teams will attend a four-day program in Boulder, Colorado that will include training on sustainable food systems from experts in sustainability, implementation science, communication, nutrition, and economics, as well as presentations and panels involving community leaders such as farmers, retailers, corner store owners, WIC leaders, and other stakeholders in the sustainability food ecosystem.

“A transdisciplinary approach is critical to building sustainable foods systems, and that’s why the One Planet. One Health Initiative was designed to forge relationships between diverse practices and fields of study,” said Leslie Lytle, President of Danone Institute North America and Professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “The program will bring together seasoned experts and budding innovators to uncover new solutions through an immersive experience that starts with the proposal development. We encourage all scholars and practitioners who share in our vision to create a healthier world through food to join us by submitting a project idea that helps bring this vision to life.”

The call for entries officially opens today and will remain open through June 1, 2019. For more information, visit their website.

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