9 disruptive innovations aiming to help WFP achieve Zero Hunger

The World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator is holding its 28th bootcamp online, with nine teams taking part

Innovators testing an app outside the WFP Innovation Accelerator in Munich. Photo: WFP/Paul Guenther

This week the World Food Programme’s Innovation Accelerator is running its 28th bootcamp in five years. Nine accomplished teams came together on Monday for an intense week of project design and innovation, each aiming to make a significant and lasting impact on UN Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger, in this all-important “Decade of Action” — to achieve the goals by 2030. The week will culminate in a live-pitch event on 1 July.

With the support of USAID — a longtime WFP Innovation collaborator and first-time bootcamp partner — we are featuring nine dynamic projects with boundless potential. Five of the solutions come directly from WFP operations, while four are exciting startups with the ambition to positively impact the lives of as many people as possible.

Understandably, because of movement restrictions and physical distancing, this bootcamp will happen virtually — a feat we recently accomplished with UNHCR and UNFPA. Check out the participants and their ideas below:

Children enjoying a WFP-provided school meal. Photo: WFP/Tunisia

1. Last Mile Ecosystem (Tunisia)

A digital solution to connect smallholder farmers to sustainable markets and school kitchens, using trusted transporters to deliver fresh produce, thereby making school meals more nutritious.

2. BazaarBhau App (Nepal)

Leveraging 63 percent broadband connectivity in Nepal, Bazaar Bhau is a location intelligence-powered app that collects the price of food commodities from users and shares them in real-time.

An e-Shop graphic rendering. Photo: WFP/Somalia

3. e-Shop (Somalia)

Retailers can create a virtual shop entering a range of products, prices and any deals, making this all available to the customer and enabling timely food delivery.

4. Cockpit (Benin, Congo, Chad)

Complex data is translated into programmatic insights, allowing WFP Country Offices to have timely access to automated analyses of a variety of school feeding sources, optimizing their impact.

5. DEFAST (Rwanda)

A waste treatment plant that transforms human waste into safe fertilizer and cooking briquettes, resulting in increased food production and the improvement of the wellbeing for refugees and host communities.

6. Circular Food Assistance (Bangladesh)

A formal waste management system that creates income-generation opportunities for refugees in Cox’s Bazar by recycling food assistance packaging while mitigating WFP’s environmental footprint.

A motorcycle-mounted threshing machine. Photo: Imara Tech

7. Imara Tech (Tanzania)

A portfolio of income-generating, labour-saving technologies for small farms lacking access to mechanization, Imara Tech’s first product is a threshing machine that works on multiple staple crops, fits on a motorcycle, earns the operator more than US$10 per hour, and saves smallholder farmers more than 40 hours of manual work per acre of land.

8. One Farm Chomobo (Tanzania)

Large solar-powered mobile storage units that allow for moisture and temperature regulation of the harvest through a remote-controlled mobile platform.

9. Local Procurement Learning Partnership (UK/Global)

Facilitates local production of products needed in emergencies, ensuring that manufacturers display their standards so that the contractors hiring them know the quality of the products they’re purchasing. This allows humanitarian organizations to supply items they need in a way which is cheaper and faster than importing from abroad.

USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance is the United States Government’s lead for international humanitarian assistance, reaching tens of millions of people around the world each year with life-saving aid. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and learn more by visiting our website.

The WFP Innovation Accelerator sources, supports and scales high-potential solutions to end hunger worldwide. We provide WFP staff, entrepreneurs, start-ups, companies and non-governmental organizations with access to funding, mentorship, hands-on support and WFP operations.

Find out more about us: http://innovation.wfp.org

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