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The challenge, is run in partnership with US agriculture conglomerate Cargill, was launched yesterday (4 February). It aims to identify sustainable solutions to tackle hunger. Startups have until 28 February to apply.
In a statement, the WFP Innovation Accelerator said it is mainly looking for proposals that can transform the lives of smallholder farmers and small-scale livestock producers, reach a step change in food systems or increase the effectiveness of emergency response.
Teams selected for the Global Innovation Challenge for Zero Hunger stand to receive up to $100 000 in equity-free funding
Solutions which will be considered include mobile apps, artificial intelligence (AI) and post-harvest loss prevention among others.
The challenge is open to registered companies or non-profits with a minimum viable product. In addition, applicants must show initial evidence of their solutions, this will include results of user research or tests of their prototypes.
Selected teams will participate in a joint bootcamp at the WFP Innovation Accelerator from 13 to 17 May in Munich, Germany. During the bootcamp, the challenge finalists — with the assistance of industry experts — will tackle field-level challenges and refine project plans.
In addition, the finalists will also stand to receive up to $100 000 in zero-equity funding, as well access to a global network to test their solution’s impact and scalability in the field.
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