An Iowa State University team won the worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge. Team members, who are all graduate students, from left include Samuel Kiprotich, food science and human nutrition; Emmanuel Nsamba, genetics; and Mike Sserunjogi, agricultural and biosystems engineering. Contributed photo.

Iowa State team wins worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge

AMES, Iowa – For three Iowa State University graduate students, winning the worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge was more than an honor – it meant they could help reduce food waste in their homeland.

The Iowa State team received $5,000 on May 20 for its proposal to improve the shelf life of cassava, which is a staple food in Africa and can rot within three days after harvest. Team members include Samuel Kiprotich, food science and human nutrition; Mike Sserunjogi, agricultural and biosystems engineering; and Emmanuel Nsamba, genetics.

“I felt this competition gave me the perfect opportunity to be part of a new generation of African youth striving to make a difference in their communities through scientific innovation,” Kiprotich said.

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