Join the WFP Innovation Accelerator at COP28!

The WFP Innovation Accelerator will host Innovation 4 Adaptation: Tackling the Climate and Hunger Emergencies in the UNFCCC Blue Zone to engage with and support innovative solutions and approaches for reducing hunger and promoting climate-sensitive food security and climate adaptation measures.

Date: 5 December 2023, 13:00-14:00 GST (Dubai)

Location: Online or UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub (UGIH) Pavilion, Blue Zone, COP28 Dubai, UAE

*Please note that those wishing to attend in person will need existing Blue Zone accreditation. WFP cannot facilitate accreditation for attendees.*

About the Event

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 invites participants to engage with and support innovative solutions and approaches for reducing hunger and promoting climate-sensitive food security and climate adaptation measures. Discussions will focus on scalable innovations and collective efforts to build sustainable food systems for the future, showcased through pitches by innovators, a fireside discussion and a networking session on the importance of collaboration to achieve a healthy sustainable planet for future generations. 

Pitcher speaks at the WFP Innovation Accelerator COP27 Side Event
Speakers at the WFP Innovation Accelerator COP27 side event

Opening Remarks:

Bernhard Kowatsch, head of the WFP Innovation Accelerator, will introduce participants to the World Food Programme’s efforts to source, support, and scale high-potential solutions to end hunger worldwide.

Project Showcase:

Four innovators will pitch 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.

Pitchers include:

  • 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 will come together to discuss how to nurture effective and impactful partnerships that can propel innovation at the scale and speed necessary to overcome the challenges we face.

Confirmed speakers will be shared as they are available.

Networking Session:

Meet and engage with partners and other innovators to build valuable connections. Together, we can disrupt hunger.

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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