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What we do

WFP/Nalifa Mehelin

Our four core areas of focus

Scale-up
Enablement Programme
Sprint
Programme
Frontier
Innovations
Innovation
Services
Scale-up Enablement Programme

Enabling the best
innovations to scale

Scaling innovations is a critical component of ending world hunger by 2030. Through the Innovation Accelerator’s Scale-up Enablement Programme, a dedicated team delivers tailored services that leverage the Accelerator’s expertise, access and network, to exponentially scale the most impactful innovations to meet this goal.

In 2020, the Scale-up Enablement portfolio grew to 14 projects, up from eight the year before. Three new entrants to the programme were fully external start-ups that came through the WFP Innovation Accelerator Sprint Programme. The Scale-up Enablement Programme has continued to develop its methodology to bring innovations to scale. Critical to this process is an early-stage tailored assessment workshop that provides an opportunity to identify gaps and design a clear path to scale among stakeholders that includes a project roadmap, milestones, roles and responsibilities.

To support this work of scaling innovations, a high priority in 2020 was the creation of a thriving innovation community, given its potential to amplify and localize innovation. The WFP Innovation Community comprises three distinct elements: Field and Regional Innovation Hubs, Innovation Champions Community and Internal Innovation Services.

Innovation Hubs

In 2020, WFP established new Innovation Hubs in Kenya and Jordan. In Kenya, the WFP Innovation Hub for Eastern Africa secured US$ 3.2 million in funding from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The hub launched two innovation programmes — a Bootcamp and a Sprint Programme — in collaboration with the Accelerator and established a partnership with the Hult Prize to support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Wfp Innovation
Champions Community

In September 2020, the Accelerator launched the WFP Innovation Champions Community. This community empowers WFP staff to become agents for change, driving innovation within WFP and accelerating solutions for hunger.
With a personalized approach, the community has welcomed 142 new WFP Innovation Champions. The members represent 53 nationalities, are located in 44 duty stations across 31 different countries, and bring an incredible diversity of expertise and field experience to this thriving community.

WFP Innovation Champions. In the photo: Natalie Magee, David Adomahou, Ronald Odhiambo, Paola Solis, Margherita Giordano, Daiki Tajima, Igor Carneiro, Carlos Rivas, Yasmin Swidan.
Internal Innovation
Services

The WFP Innovation Accelerator established this pillar to support WFP Business Units and Country Offices in strategic innovation integration and special projects. Faced with COVID-19 and travel restrictions, the team developed an online model for innovation workshops. It was tested through two remote workshops for South-South and Triangular Cooperation with over 60 participants dialling in from different locations. The lessons stemming from this experience have resulted in a leaner, scalable model for this internal innovation offering, one readily adaptable to multiple applications.

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Building Blocks

WFP’s Building Blocks project is the humanitarian sector’s largest blockchain-based cash distribution system.
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Cloud to Street

Cloud to Street is a remote sensing platform to map and analyse floods in real time.
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CODA Services

CODA (Conditional On-Demand Assistance) Services is a digital solution designed to simplify and streamline nutrition programme guidelines and the recording of individualized beneficiary data.
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Dalili

Named for a word meaning “my guide” in Arabic — Dalili is a mobile app that improves the customer experience for thousands of refugee families and their host communities.
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EMPACT

EMPACT connects refugees, displaced people and vulnerable host communities to the future of work.
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Farm to Market Alliance

The Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA) is a group of public and private institutions that aims to reduce hunger and poverty.
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H2Grow

WFP’s H2Grow project brings locally adaptable and affordable hydroponic solutions to vulnerable communities around the world.
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Log.ie

Log.ie is a tool made for and with the humanitarian community: aiming to become the community-driven information gateway for logistics preparedness and response.
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PLUS School Meals

PLUS School Meals is an online software that utilizes advanced mathematical algorithms to calculate the most cost-effective school feeding menus.
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Post-Harvest Loss Reduction

The project is a joint venture between WFP Programme and the WFP Innovation Accelerator created to continue providing hands-on support to Country Offices.
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PRISM

PRISM tracks the impact of major climate events in order to design risk reduction activities and target disaster responses.
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ShareTheMeal

ShareTheMeal (STM) is WFP’s fundraising app, allowing smartphone users to provide children with vital nutrition through a simple tap on their phones.
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Sanku

Sanku provides fortification tools, training and other support to small maize flour mills, enabling them to fortify their flour with essential micronutrients.
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BioAnalyt

BioAnalyt is a product innovator of diagnostics and food testing aimed at making nutrition more visible, whether in humans, animals or food.

Preparing innovators for the journey to scale

Before innovations even get to the Sprint phase, the sourcing and bootcamp process helps equip innovators to maximize impact. The team puts thought and care into every activity to achieve the best results for projects — providing value at every stage of the pipeline.

Sourcing

The Accelerator runs an annual Innovation Challenge, utilizing our growing network of Innovation Hubs, partners, and champions to spread the word to reach the most innovative startups globally. In 2020, one of our Innovation Challenges brought in 793 applications from 95 countries.

Matching

Each innovation undergoes a detailed matching process to ensure that the proposed solution addresses an existing food security need identified by WFP Country Offices.