(USA)

An MIT lab is spearheading new innovations designed to enhance global food and drink systems.

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) at MIT is pioneering a raft of new breakthroughs, including smartphone tech that can ‘detect harmful bacteria in food’, ‘a low cost water filter using wood’, and a ‘handheld device to easily test milk quality’.

MIT and social enterprise, Community Jameel, co-founded J-WAFS in 2014 with a remit to tackle the world’s most pressing food and drink challenges.

Fady Mohammed Jameel, President of Community Jameel International, said: “From using wood to provide clean drinking water, being able to easily test the quality of milk in rural communities, and reducing the amount of pesticides being sprayed on crops, the research we are supporting at MIT has the potential to make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in the world. With rising populations, climate change and urbanization, we need to start taking action now to meet the world’s future needs for food and water.