In its work to combat hunger and promote global food security, the Rockefeller Foundation has traditionally focused on increasing agricultural production—helping, for example, to seed the 20th-century Green Revolution credited with saving more than a billion people from starvation. However, in 2016, the foundation launched a $130 million project with a new approach: to boost agriculture and increase prosperity by cutting food waste and loss.

The YieldWise initiative emerged after several...


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