The world faces important food challenges. How do we incentivize researchers and innovators to address these challenges? One option is through prizes. Set a desired target outcome, and the first person (or team) to achieve the outcome wins a sizable monetary prize.
Xprize is an organization seeking to apply this model to a variety of applications. They are now floating the idea of a prize related to food security . Here's the motivation
While I agree with the first sentence, I'm not sure the 2nd one makes must sense. We've been urbanizing for a century in the US, and food security in this country (at least for most people) has generally improved. Nonetheless, research on these issues is worthwhile. The good news is that there are many researchers working on precisely these issues. Here's the sketch of possible prizes: