The goal is to realize a society everyone is provided with clean water and safe, nourishing food.
At the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future, we believe that the following 5 changes will have a significant impact in resolving societal problems in the area of Water and Food.
As food production and supply chains globalize, the risk of and costs for food-related fraud and terrorism have increased. Consequently, this has a negative influence on food production and consumption.
Innovation for efficient production and supply of food
Globalization and worldwide economic growth have prompted massive rural-urban migration towards major cities, resulting in labor shortages in the agricultural sector. This problem is even worse in Japan, mainly due to aging population. The productivity of the agricultural sector is lower than others especially for part-time farmers. Young people are not attracted to job opportunities in this sector.
Innovation in the supply of protein
- Due to explosive population growth in developing countries, it has become more difficult to secure a sufficient level of food production. In terms of protein, demand is expected to surpass the supply around 2030, causing a “Protein Crisis” which has already been recognized as a coming global issue.
- In addition to declining levels of food self-sufficiency in Japan, competition with emerging economies for sources of protein will inevitably rise. For this reason, Japan may face difficulty in securing stable protein sources such as meat and fishery products in the future.
Innovations for food supply chain and reducrion of food waste
Today a vast amount of food is wasted throughout all stages of production, distribution and consumption. In developed countries, loss is observed more in retail and consumption, while more is found post-harvest during storage and processing in developing countries.
Innovation in the development of efficient means of water utilization
Water resources for drinking and agriculture are becoming scarce globally, due to a lack of infrastructure, change in rainfall patterns and growing demand.
Plant Life Systems Co., Ltd.
Plant Life Systems has developed a biologic artificial-intelligence system that helps in the production of high quality tomatoes. Sugar-rich tomatoes can be grown efficiently and at low cost even under hot and humid conditions. Through the use of ICT and these production-support systems, farmers can be better incorporated in the agricultural value chain and operate profitable business. The business model was developed by an automobile engineer with experience in self-driving and navigation systems.
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Setsuro Tech Co., Ltd.
Setsuro Tech aims to improve the efficiency and quality of livestock business with its new genome editing techniques. By employing electroporation* in animal genome editing, Setsuro Tech has contributed to the mass production of meat and its improved efficiency.
*A method to introduce certain materials into cells by applying high electric voltage.
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The following themes will also be considered for this program:
Business proposals may also be submitted for multifaceted social issues that involve several focus areas.
Note: business proposals focusing only on infrastructure technologies (e.g. AI and blockchains) will not be accepted.