About the Event

On 5 December 2023, Innovation 4 Adaptation: Tackling the Climate and Hunger Emergencie engaged with and supported innovative solutions and approaches for reducing hunger and promoting climate-sensitive food security and climate adaptation measures.

The climate crisis is one of the leading causes of the unprecedented rise in global hunger. Current humanitarian needs will seem small compared to the potential rise if governments fail to tackle climate change now. Innovation is now more critical than ever in developing solutions to adapt and mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis, particularly for vulnerable communities.

It is imperative that WFP and the global community continue to identify, support and scale innovative solutions that focus on the climate crisis, climate adaptation and resilience-building globally.

To that end, Innovation 4 Adaptation: Tackling the Climate and Hunger Emergencies focused on scalable innovations and collective efforts to build sustainable food systems for the future. The event's pitches by innovators and a fireside discussion emphasized the importance of building partnerships to scale innovations and taking action now to adapt to the challenges we face.

Panelists at the COP28 side event
Aadith Moorthy and Bernhard Kowatsch take questions from the audience after Aadith's pitch

Opening Remarks: Bernhard Kowatsch, head of the WFP Innovation Accelerator

Project Showcase:

Three innovators shared their disruptive ideas for tackling the climate crisis and achieving Zero Hunger. These innovations represent the diversity of solutions to climate change and how innovation can support climate adaptation and mitigation.


  • Aadith Moorthy, Founder and CEO, Boomitra
  • Nidhi Pant, Co-founder, Finance and Partnerships, S4S Technologies / Solar 4 Resilience (S4R)
  • Joyce Waithira, Founder and CTO, EcoRich Solutions

Fireside Discussion:

Our Shared Responsibility to Innovate: nurturing an ecosystem of innovators
Climate leaders from public and private entities came together to discuss impactful partnerships that can propel innovation at the scale and speed necessary to overcome the challenges we face.


  • H.E. Mohammed Al Ameeri, Assistant Undersecretary for the Food Diversity Sector, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
  • Saliha Dobardzic, Programming and Innovation Team Lead, Adaptation Fund 
  • Paul Garaycochea, Director for Sustainable Supply Chains, Agricultural and Food Systems, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Gillian Hinde, EY Global Corporate Responsibility Leader 
  • Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, Director of AI & Sustainability, Google.org 
Meet the Pitchers: WFP Portfolio Innovations


Accelerating soil carbon removal on a planetary scale

Solar 4 Resilience (S4R)

Solar-based technologies for building resilience and livelihoods of female smallholder farmers in India.
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EY Ripples will support inspiring climate innovations to develop their solutions. Bernhard Kowatsch will share technical inputs as an expert with the selected innovations.