Deadline: june 26 2022
Every year World Food Program hosts multiple Innovation Challenge campaigns with particular themes. They encourage people to apply innovative ideas in line with these challenges. They also have a rolling application process to accept and review applications multiple times throughout the year. Please look out for specific challenges or submit your project to be reviewed on a rolling basis.
They’ve launched the WFP Innovation Challenge 2022 in search of game-changing innovations to tackle the climate crisis.
Climate change is a risk multiplier for hunger. In a world that is 2°C warmer than pre-industrial times, at least 189 million more people are at risk of becoming food insecure. As a result of global warming, weather-related shocks such as drought, storms, and floods are increasing in number and frequency, causing growing losses and damages to food systems. In developing countries, the number of extreme weather events has more than doubled since the early 1990s.
Eradicating hunger requires bold efforts to improve communities’ resilience to external shocks and local and national institutions’ capacities to adapt to the impacts of climate change. This year’s WFP Innovation Challenge seeks disruptive innovations that strengthen climate change adaptation in food systems and enable greater community resilience.
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Innovation accelerator sources, supports, and scales bold new solutions to disrupt global hunger and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This call for applications is in search of game-changing ideas to build stronger, more sustainable food systems, addressing hunger at the root and galvanizing international cooperation on food security.
The fact that 811 million people still go to bed hungry each night suggests that food systems – the path that food travels from the field to the plates – are not meeting the needs of all people. We have seen that some food systems can easily be disrupted by climate shocks, COVID-19, and violent conflict. Even in stable environments, people have limited access to nutritious food because of geographic isolation, socioeconomic inequalities, or weak commercial markets.
- Startups and companies and WFP employees can apply to the program.
- Apply to receive up to $100,000 in equity-free funding, mentorship, and access to the world’s largest humanitarian organization.