Thought for food organizes webinar: REFT 2020

Aiming to sensitize young food technologists about their roles for combating food-related issues during and after COVID-19 ‘Thought For Food’ and a group of highly enthusiastic youths along with many collaborative hands is organizing a program “Redefining and Empowering Food Technologists: REFT 2020” to address another pressing crisis i.e. food crisis which can be seen in different parts of the world and within our country as well.

Thought For Food® (TFF) is the world’s entrepreneurial innovation engine for food and agriculture. They work with more than 20,000 next-generation leaders from over 175 countries, empowering them to generate and scale breakthrough business ventures that build sustainable, inclusive, and resilient food systems.

REFT is a 5 days’ program where the young food technologists will be sharing their ideas and concepts that will be polished through mentorship of food technologists’ expertise. The program will not be limited to only online discussion forums, but it will seek possible opportunities to work out those ideas to the respective community level.

Based on pre-assigned criteria, the final 12 teams were selected for presentation and will be pitching their ideas on October 1 and October 2.

On October 3 and 4 REFT is  providing mentorship for idea incubation through webinars and online discussion sessions. Also, national and international food tech expertise like Mr Dibya Raj Ghimire from Chaudhary Group; Mrs Huma Bokkhim from Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC); Mr Harihar Guragain from Live Better Sprouting Innovation, Ontario, Canada; Mr Sushil Koirala from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; Mr Atul Upadhyay, PhD, from Baliyo Nepal Nutrition Initiative; Mr Ishwar Subedi, PhD, from Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC); Prof. Anil Kumar Anal, DMV PhD, from Department of Food Agriculture and Bioresources, Asian Institute of Technology Thailand and Prof. Tika Bahadur Karki, PhD, from KU/NCFST will be discussing various challenges and opportunities in Food Science and Technology.

The webinar will be exploring contribution, challenges, and health safety concerns of food technologists working on various fields during the time of the pandemic, the impact of COVID 19 on farm products, availability and accessibility of nutritious food during and after COVID-19 in Nepalese Communities, effort and responsibility being carried out by Food Technologists in other countries during the pandemic and so on.

TFF's work is powered by a global operating structure that includes the TFF Core Team, 12 Regional Coordinators, and 500 Ambassadors in more than 200 cities, as well as diverse partners such as Syngenta, KWS, Google, and Rockefeller Foundation. The details can be obtained from the facebook page of ecosamachar ( and REFT. 



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