Up to 828 million people – more than one in ten of the world's population – still go to bed hungry each night. A deadly combination of conflict, climate change, and the after-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is at the root of soaring hunger numbers. The economic fallout of the pandemic, and then the war in Ukraine, has pushed prices up and put food out of reach for millions of people across the world. These rising costs are also affecting WFP’s work. Already at the start of 2022, the price WFP was paying for food was up by 30 percent compared to 2019, and the cost of delivering it had risen by an additional US$42 million a month.
Therefore, for this edition of the WFP Innovation Challenge, we are specifically looking for low and high tech solutions including digital tools. We also encourage strong “wildcard ideas” to apply. Together with the brightest and best minds globally, we will be able to end hunger. WFP’s current innovation priorities are listed below:
- Innovative solutions to mitigate the rising cost of inputs and food.
- Innovative solutions to strengthen productivity and outcomes along food value chains.
- Innovative solutions to build resilient communities through livelihood creation and youth engagement.
Apply before 3 November 2022, 11:59 pm (CET)
CLICK HERE to read more about this year’s edition.