Grand Challenge

By 2050, the world population is anticipated to reach 9.1 billion, with nearly 70 percent of the population living in urban areas. In order to feed this growing, more urban population, it is estimated that food production will need to increase by 70 percent. With finite fertile ground for agricultural cultivation, significant breakthroughs in highefficiency crops are much needed. We will require healthy, sustainable crops that produce higher yields more quickly and more often, and are close to the end consumer. Vertical farming offers a solution by bringing crops closer to population centers, using marginalized land, and adding the third dimension of height.

The goal of the Urban Farming XPRIZE is to remove some of the current significant barriers, including light requirements, high energy demand and electricity costs, high capital costs, and light, greenhouse gas, water and nutrient pollution.

Draft Guidelines

The winning team will create an urban farming system and produce a TBD yield of a predetermined set of crops from supplied standard seeds using less than TBD amounts of electricity. The system must function within 20 miles of an urban center of a 1-million-person city and utilize less than TBD acres of land.

To find out how you can help support this XPRIZE, please email [email protected].


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