Nourishing 9 Billion SolutionsLabs



If you were born in the 1800s your career prospects began and ended on the farm. Over 75% of Americans made their living in agriculture. Today, less than 2% of us do. The average American farmer in the 1940s fed 19 people. Today, that farmer feeds 155. That’s a growth in productivity nine-times greater than the average of all other industries. That’s the good news. Here’s the bad news: if it’s easy to do in agriculture, it’s already been done. Getting from here to feeding 9 billion people will take some pretty sophisticated thinking – and that’s precisely what SolutionsLabs intend to culitvate.




CollaborateUp and Net Impact will hold a series of 5-12 global SolutionsLabs over the next 6-12 months that engage students on the global food and water crisis.

Net Impact is a leading nonprofit organization that empowers its over 60,000 student and young professional members – who hail from over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe - to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world. 


Using CollaborateUp’s proven formula to co-create high-impact solutions in a short amount of time, we will host events that convene leading experts and next generation leaders to develop real solutions for a more sustainable future.




Spring 2015 SolutionsLabs:

April 2015 in Boston, MA



Dr. Timothy Griffin                                                    Dr. Ku McMahan

Director, Agriculture Food                                         Team Lead, Securing Water for Food

and Environment Program                                        Center for Development Innovation

Tufts University                                                            U.S. Global Development Lab l USAID


Daniel A. Goldstein,  M.D.                                        José Maria Cardoso da Silva

Senior Science Fellow and Lead,                               Professor of Geography

Medical Sciences and Outreach                                University of Miami

Monsanto Company



May 2015 in Davis, CA

Our expert panelists at UC Davis included:


Dr. Roger Beachy                                                     Dr. Marlin Edwards

Executive Director,                                                    Cheif Technology Officer,

The World Food Center                                            Vegetable Research & Development

UC Davis                                                                     Monsanto Company


Jessie Tientcheu                                                     Undersecretary Jim Houston

Deputy of Programs,                                               California Department of Agriculture

Freedom from Hunger         








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