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Pulse Crops for Agricultural Diversity, Intensification & Sustainability

  • Award: $15000 USD
  • Challenge type: Ideation
  • Challenge under evaluation

Challenge overview


Pulse crops are part of the legume family, with common varieties including a diversity of species such as fava beans, lentils, field peas and common bean. Corteva Agriscience is seeking new cropping systems that incorporate a pulse crop to increase the amount of protein rich food grown on existing farmland while reducing agricultural inputs.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.



Options to increase the agricultural output and improve system biodiversity of existing farmland include adding new crops into the rotation, growing more than one crop in a single year, and maintaining continuous ground cover.  Pulse crops (legume crops with edible seeds) are particularly of interest for incorporation into a cropping system due to their ability to fix nitrogen from the air and their high protein content. This type of agriculture intensification has many benefits including additional and more diverse sources of income for farmers from an alternative harvestable crop, providing an additional protein source to meet a global growing demand, reducing agricultural inputs like nitrogen-based fertilizers, capturing additional carbon from the atmosphere each year, and improved soil health. Thus, Corteva is searching for innovative ideas for new pulse crops that can be incorporated into new or existing cropping systems. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award. The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $15,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker. Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on October 3, 2022. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers who submit a proposal will be notified about the status of their submissions; however, no evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.



Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that combines industry-leading innovation, high-touch customer engagement and operational execution to profitably deliver solutions for the world’s most pressing agriculture challenges. Corteva generates advantaged market preference through its unique distribution strategy, together with its balanced and globally diverse mix of seed, crop protection, and digital products and services. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and a technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to maximizing productivity for farmers, while working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. More information can be found at


What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.