Empowering Digital Innovations for Sustainable Agriculture
In a bid to amplify the impact of agriculture across the African continent, the Kofi Annan Foundation, in collaboration with the Austrian government and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Innovation Accelerator, has announced the opening of applications for the second edition of its Award for Innovation in Africa. This initiative aims to support innovative and digital solutions focusing on food security and agriarch.
- 1 Addressing Urgent Agricultural Challenges
- 2 The Opportunity for African Social Entrepreneurs
- 3 Deadline and Application Process
Addressing Urgent Agricultural Challenges
Hunger Levels Remain Alarming
The recent UN report on the “State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2023” underscores the critical need for intensified global efforts in transforming agri-food systems. Alarmingly, between 690 and 783 million people worldwide are estimated to face hunger in 2022, with projections indicating that almost 600 million people will experience chronic undernourishment by 2030. Africa, in particular, faces a substantial challenge in meeting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – Zero Hunger.
Digital Solutions as a Catalyst
Recognizing the urgency and the unique challenges Africa faces, the Kofi Annan Foundation encourages social entrepreneurs to step forward with digital or technology-driven solutions. These innovations should align with SDG 2, emphasizing food security and enhanced nutrition. Priority topics include the inclusion of marginalized groups in food security, improved nutrition for women, circular solutions, and the reduction of post-harvest losses.
The Opportunity for African Social Entrepreneurs
Criteria for Application
The call for applications is open to African social entrepreneurs with purpose-driven enterprises demonstrating measurable social impact and a sustainable business model. Applicants should offer digital or technology-driven solutions for communities in Africa.
Focus Areas for Innovation
Innovations should focus on addressing challenges such as the inclusion of marginalized groups in food security, improved nutrition for women, circular solutions, and the reduction of post-harvest losses. The emphasis is on leveraging technology to achieve SDG Zero Hunger, Goal 2.
Deadline and Application Process
Act Now – Deadline Approaching
Interested social entrepreneurs can apply here until 8th February 2024.
Making a Difference
As Africa stands at the forefront of the digital economy with a rapidly expanding and youthful population, the Kofi Annan Foundation recognizes the need for urgent digital and innovative ideas. By supporting these initiatives, the foundation aims to contribute significantly to transforming agri-food systems, addressing the persistently elevated global hunger levels, and advancing the SDG target to eradicate hunger, particularly in Africa.
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