Thursday, March 2, 2017

"Big Ideas" to Benefit Humanity

HarvestPlus, a semifinalist for MacArthur’s $100 million grant, has proposed reducing malnutrition in rural Africa by breeding nutrient-rich staple foods such as orange maize, now being grown by hundreds of thousands of farmers in Zambia.  Harvest Plus photo

Proposals by the Carter Center to eliminate river blindness in Nigeria, by Catholic Relief Services to improve the care of children living in orphanages, and by the Human Diagnosis Project to connect underserved patients virtually with medical specialists are among the eight "big ideas" that will compete for a $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

"These eight ambitious proposals exemplify the passion, range, and creativity of the hundreds of applications," Julia Stasch, the fund’s president, said in a statement Wednesday announcing the semifinalists in its 100&Change contest. "We hope that the competition inspires individuals and organizations to be bold and think big, because solutions are possible."

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