To close the September boot camp, teams pitched their ideas to a judging panel that featured representatives from the German Federal Foreign Office and German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. For the judges, it was the high point of a day-long visit to the Accelerator and its new office in the heart of Munich - and an opportunity to see first-hand how Germany’s generous contributions are helping WFP achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.
The four teams to pitch their zero hunger ideas were:
WFP Algeria plan to expand a hydroponic growing project, currently piloted by WFP Peru, to help solve food insecurity amongst refugees in desert-dry rural communities.
WFP Kyrgyzstan hope their digital data collection platform will help the Country Office and national government improve their monitoring and evaluation activities, and better target support to those most in need.
WFP Bangkok Regional Bureau’s “72 hour assessment tool”, a meta-data collection and analysis solution can provide immediate, life-saving emergency information to programme managers in emergency situations. By forming relationships with on-the-ground networks, WFP can use digital tools to receive real-time updates on food security and other indicators.
WFP’s Nutrition Division aims to introduce rice fortification – adding extra nutrients to rice to eradicate malnutrition around the world – to Africa. Already commonplace in Asia, rice fortification is regarded as the new frontier for tackling micronutrient deficiencies, which globally impacts 159 million children under the age of 5.