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        New formula for success genetics The formula for genetic successUPDATED JUN 2021

        It has been shown that genes can contribute and partly predict one's likelihood of success in life. The contributions of genetics to success are widely studied in Multi-traits analysis. The most extensive study was on a large cohort of individuals that analyzed their educational attainments and their genetics. They found that in addition to genetics, environmental factors play a role in shaping success in a particular area. Many previous studies have found correlations between indicators of 'success' such as education level, wealth and income, and particular genetic markers. However, it is difficult to separate the influence of genes from environmental factors. In this study, we aimed to estimate the role of genetics and non-genetic factors such as the socioeconomic level and implemented efforts of individuals. Genome-wide association study (GWAS) has been a practical approach to investigate genetic components underlying different skills such as mathematic or music learning abilities. Previous studies reported several candidate genetic variants, but none exceeded the significance threshold in general populations. It was proposed that polygenic scores can be applied to predict genetic predisposition variation in individuals. This means it is possible to calculate the number of genetic markers involved in the personal success rate. We formulized the genetics of success by considering several genetic susceptibility variants as potential candidates with a significant threshold in the general population. We defined six variables for our formula as Coefficient of Effort (COE), Amount of Predisposing Genes (APG), Current Status/Situation (CS), Reminding to Fullest Extend (REF), Effort Unit (EU), and heritability (h2). For example, the total number of existing genes and SNPs associated with a particular trait, also known as APG, is essential. For instance, AVPR1A or SLC6A4 has been associated with music perception, listening, memory, and choir participation. Finally, we assigned a range of one to 10 for the EU, ten means the highest individual effort level, and RFE has a range of one to 100; that indicates the total effort. Our evaluation showed a meaningful correlation between the six variables of our formula and yield of success. This formula can use one's genetics to help an individual to choose a career path that will ultimately help them achieve success.
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        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Canada, United States, Iran
        Canada, United States, IranSEE LESS
        TO DATE$150,000 Funds Raised

        Smartphone app "Virtual collection center" (VCC) for goat marketingUPDATED FEB 2021

        This innovation is a mobile app to improve the efficiency of goat marketing for cooperatives as it links cooperatives with a wide range of potential buyers increasing the cooperatives' negotiation power.
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        Livestock & Agriculture
        Livestock & AgricultureSEE LESS
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        Nepal
        TO DATE$1,233,989 Funds Raised

        Improved goat feeding strategy in NepalUPDATED FEB 2021

        This innovation improves goat productivity through improved fodder rations.
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        Livestock & Agriculture
        Livestock & AgricultureSEE LESS
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        Nepal
        TO DATE$1,233,989 Funds Raised

        Training approach for swine disease management in CambodiaUPDATED FEB 2021

        This innovation helps farmers and extension agents to identify, prevent and manage pig diseases.
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        Livestock & Agriculture
        Livestock & AgricultureSEE LESS
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        Cambodia
        CambodiaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$141,015 Funds Raised

        Improved pig feeding strategy using cost-effective feed resources in CambodiaUPDATED FEB 2021

        These feed recommendations incorporate cost-effective feed resources to improve animal nutrition.
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        Livestock & Agriculture
        Livestock & AgricultureSEE LESS
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        Nepal, Cambodia
        Nepal, CambodiaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$141,015 Funds Raised

        Leucaena leucocephala tree species for living fences and animal feed in CambodiaUPDATED DEC 2020

        This innovation increases availability of improved forage for livestock while also protecting rice fields.
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        Forestry, Livestock & Agriculture, Social and Behavior Change
        Forestry, Livestock & Agriculture, Social and Behavior ChangeSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Cambodia
        CambodiaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$125,827 Funds Raised

        Moringa oleifera tree species for living fences and animal feed in CambodiaUPDATED NOV 2020

        This innovation increases availability of improved forage for livestock while also protecting rice fields.
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        Forestry, Livestock & Agriculture
        Forestry, Livestock & AgricultureSEE LESS
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        Cambodia
        CambodiaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$125,827 Funds Raised

        Best practices to enhance the microbiological quality and safety of milk and yogurt in Borana, EthiopiaUPDATED NOV 2020

        This innovation enhances the microbiological quality and safety of milk and yoghurt produced by pastoral women.
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        Food Safety and Standards, Livestock & Agriculture
        Food Safety and Standards, Livestock & AgricultureSEE LESS
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        Ethiopia
        EthiopiaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$121,892 Funds Raised

        Green manure cover and relay cropping after riceUPDATED OCT 2020

        Sustainable cover cropping practice
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        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Cambodia
        CambodiaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$1,000,000 Funds Raised

        BAU-STR Dryer- Rice HusksUPDATED OCT 2020

        BAU-STR Dryer: A small scale grain dryer to reduce loss , improve safety, to enable drying regardless of weather conditions.
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        Agriculture, Food Safety and Standards, Post Harvest
        Agriculture, Food Safety and Standards, Post HarvestSEE LESS
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        Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala
        Bangladesh, Ghana, GuatemalaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$433,897 Funds Raised

        Resilient cropping patterns for the polder ecosystemUPDATED OCT 2020

        Bangladesh can achieve agricultural sustainability and resilience by adopting water management practices with synchronized cropping in the polders of the coastal zone.
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        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
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        Bangladesh
        BangladeshSEE LESS
        TO DATE$999,508 Funds Raised

        Visualizing inconsistencies among global agricultural land cover products using Google Earth EngineUPDATED OCT 2020

        Global land-use/land-cover visualization application for elucidating errors of commission among various data sources.
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        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Malawi, United States
        Malawi, United StatesSEE LESS
        TO DATE$507,990 Funds Raised

        Web-based GIS for spatiotemporal crop climate niche mappingUPDATED OCT 2020

        A continuously updatable crop suitability geovisualization application for locating the fundamental climate niche of select crops across geographies and temporal scales.
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        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Malawi, United States
        Malawi, United StatesSEE LESS
        TO DATE$507,990 Funds Raised

        Spatial data outlier detection and MODIS product version comparison applications for Google Earth EngineUPDATED OCT 2020

        Open access spatial data outlier detection and product version comparison applications for Google Earth Engine that allows modelers and other users to minimize error and uncertainty in remote sensing data models.
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        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Malawi, United States
        Malawi, United StatesSEE LESS
        TO DATE$507,990 Funds Raised

        Rice TransplanterUPDATED OCT 2020

        The rice transplanter is a walk behind mechanized tool researched and tested in Bangladesh. Mechanical transplanting technology is time, labor and cost saving technology over manual transplanting.
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        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Bangladesh
        BangladeshSEE LESS
        TO DATE$4,700,000 Funds Raised

        Doubled-Up LegumesUPDATED SEP 2020

        The ‘doubled-up’ legumes system is based on intercropping of grain legumes, with pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) as one component – increasing the total legume yield per unit area.
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        Agriculture, Resilience, Soil Management
        Agriculture, Resilience, Soil ManagementSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi
        Zambia, Tanzania, MalawiSEE LESS
        TO DATE$650,000 Funds Raised

        Stress Tolerant Maize Varieties for Sub Saharan- AfricaUPDATED SEP 2020

        Development of hybrid lines of maize that can withstand stresses and droughts amidst climate change in Sub-saharan Africa.
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        Agriculture, Seeds & Stock, Soil Management and 1 moreSEE ALL
        Agriculture, Seeds & Stock, Soil Management, Agriculture Water ManagementSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Kenya, Tanzania
        Kenya, TanzaniaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$40,000,000 Funds Raised

        Index-Based Emergency Loans allows Micro-Finance Clients to recover from floods and stay a "Good-Borrower"UPDATED AUG 2020

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        Economic Empowerment, Gender Equity, Mental Health
        Economic Empowerment, Gender Equity, Mental HealthSEE LESS
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        Bangladesh, Tanzania, Burkina Faso and 2 moreSEE ALL
        Bangladesh, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Mali, MozambiqueSEE LESS
        TO DATE$575,000 Funds Raised

        Dual Strike point Area Yield Index InsuranceUPDATED AUG 2020

        This dual strikepoint innovation in index insurance design offers high value to farmers while assuring insurers that the contract will not be at risk of collusion within the village.
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        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
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        Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique and 2 moreSEE ALL
        Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Burkina FasoSEE LESS
        TO DATE$593,779 Funds Raised

        Insect-Resistant and Drought-Tolerant MaizeUPDATED AUG 2020

        Securing regulatory approvals and initiating commercialization of transgenic drought-tolerant (DroughtGard or CspB trait) and insect-resistant (Bt trait) (TELA) maize hybrids royalty-free for African farmers to manage frequent droughts and pests.
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        Agriculture, Seeds & Stock
        Agriculture, Seeds & StockSEE LESS
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        United States, South Africa, Tanzania and 5 moreSEE ALL
        United States, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, NigeriaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$4,759,337 Funds Raised

        "3-D" Client Value Assessment ToolUPDATED AUG 2020

        The 3-D tool provides a multi-dimensional understanding of the value proposition of an index Insurance product for potential or existing clients, and includes guidelines and supporting documents that can be used to perform the client value analyses.
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        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique and 2 moreSEE ALL
        Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Burkina FasoSEE LESS
        TO DATE$2,000,012 Funds Raised

        Maturity IndexUPDATED AUG 2020

        Maturity index for various crops along with training on the appropriate stage for harvest.
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        Food Safety and Standards, Post Harvest
        Food Safety and Standards, Post HarvestSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Rwanda
        RwandaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$1,500,000 Funds Raised

        Bundling guidelines to make agriculture insurance betterUPDATED AUG 2020

        The bundling guidelines resource lays out options and successful methods to bundle index insurance with other mechanisms so that this risk mitigating financial tool will be better able to overcome the binding constraints of farmers.
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        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Mali and 2 moreSEE ALL
        Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique, BangladeshSEE LESS
        TO DATE$5,000,000 Funds Raised

        Bolstering Agricultural Risk Management by Coupling Index Insurance With Stress Tolerant Seed VarietiesUPDATED AUG 2020

        The use of stress tolerant maize seeds with the financial innovation of agricultural index insurance boosts the income stability and food security of Sub-Saharan maize farmers, bringing those farmers closer to securing comprehensive drought protection
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        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique and 2 moreSEE ALL
        Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Burkina FasoSEE LESS
        TO DATE$2,250,000 Funds Raised

        The Audit Rule Is an Index Insurance Failsafe for FarmersUPDATED AUG 2020

        An audit rule provides a failsafe for farmers if an index insurance product fails to trigger payouts when it should, combining the potential for accuracy of direct measurements of average yields with lower costs of an index built from satellite data.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Agriculture
        AgricultureSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique and 2 moreSEE ALL
        Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Burkina FasoSEE LESS
        TO DATE$122,920 Funds Raised
        About Feed the Future
        Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. By equipping people with the knowledge and tools they need to feed themselves, Feed the Future is addressing the root causes of poverty and hunger, helping people end their reliance on aid, and creating important opportunities for a new generation of young people—all while building a more stable world.