Alongside the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, we sat down with Bernhard Kowatch, Head of the WFP Innovation Accelerator and Lauren Landis, Representative & Country Director for WFP Kenya for a conversation around the latest collaboration and investment dedicated to scaling innovation in Kenya.
Interview by Sandra Raad
WFP: The Innovation Accelerator & the Kenya Country Office are collaborating through the Kenya Country Office Innovation Unit. Why Kenya and what is the idea behind this effort?
LL: This is a very timely question in the backdrop of this year’s UN General Assembly theme “Building resilience through hope”…
The WFP Innovation Accelerator joins forces with the WFP Lebanon Country Office to establish a groundbreaking grant to save businesses and strengthen the future of Lebanon’s food systems.
By Nicolas Umuhizi & Tina Madsen
“The support I received from WFP came at the right time. It was much needed. I was able to restock the store and include new items that I could not afford before,” says Dalida Khalil, the owner of a mini market in Achrafieh, Beirut which was severely affected by the Beirut blast.
Lebanon is mired in one of the worst economic crises in its history with…
Baraah fled the conflict in Syria, eventually settling in Turkey and finding her future in tech. She speaks of her experiences in this second story in the series about graduates of EMPACT — the World Food Programme innovation project connecting students at risk of hunger to the global digital economy. Read the first story of Layth from Iraq here.
By Gulia Rakhimova
Baraah is now building up a new life in…
By Linda Nyemba
The World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator is delivering its 38th Innovation Bootcamp with a focus on bold solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger (SDG 2) by 2030 and complement the Food Systems Summit (FSS) 2021.
Eight teams have been selected from the 2021 WFP Innovation Challenge; a pool of 502 eligible applications from 95 countries. The innovators were asked to submit ideas that would support the FSS and were selected based on one of three sub-themes: (1) resilient food systems, (2) safe and nutritious food systems, and (3) inclusive food systems.
By Michelle Joseph & Andrea Kobor
Since 2018, the WFP Innovation Accelerator has provided innovation journeys for innovation teams selected for the Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) Program, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The Gates foundation launched its first ever Grand Challenge focused on education in the United States in October 2020. Building off the Accelerator’s experience supporting early stage projects for GCE finalists in health campaign effectiveness and immunizations, WFP was invited to expand our reach and impact with a United States of America (U.S.A.) …
By Vida Gabe
The World Food Programme (WFP) operates in more than 80 countries worldwide with 20,000 staff members working tirelessly to bring life-saving assistance in emergencies and support sustainable and resilient livelihoods — aiming to achieve a world without hunger.
WFP has been at the forefront of innovation since it organized its first humanitarian airlifts in 1962 to reach its goal of achieving food security. Today, WFP innovation ranges from the use of artificial intelligence in satellite imagery to assess disaster zones, and machine learning to predict emerging crises and plan humanitarian response, to setting up digital cash-based transfers…
Sanku CEO Felix Brooks-church, who was recently awarded a Rolex Award for Enterprise, talks about setting up a small-scale food fortification program and challenges in scaling an innovation in Africa.
Interview by Vida Gabe | Field Focus Series
WFP: Sanku is one of the food fortification projects that the WFP Innovation Accelerator is supporting through its Scale-Up programme. It has also received a number of awards including the distinction of being named one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Inventions of 2019 for its micronutrient dosifier. How did all of this happen? …
By Kenneth Tong
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is proud to announce that the WFP Innovation Accelerator has been named in FastCompany’s Best Workplaces for Innovators 2021! Innovation is a crucial component of today’s humanitarian response, as we leverage new technologies and approaches to address the enduring challenge of food security.
By Linda Nyemba
The WFP Innovation Accelerator tested out its first Virtual Transition to Scale Up Programme in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). This initiative grew out of the collaboration between the two organizations on the WFP Innovation Bootcamps focused on increasing the effectiveness of health campaigns. Typically, the WFP Innovation Bootcamps focus on supporting bold solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger (SDG 2) by 2030. However, effective health campaigns have a positive impact on nearly all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 2 (Zero Hunger).
The eight innovation teams…
Digital tools are making a big impact on nutrition among COVID-vulnerable populations
By Vida Gabe
Two billion people in the world do not have the adequate intake of key micronutrients their bodies need due to the lack of access to nutritious food. While micronutrient deficiencies go frequently unnoticed because their symptoms are often unseen, their impact is far from invisible.
Iodine deficiency prevails as the world’s leading cause of brain damage. Iron deficiency brings severe sequelae for mothers and babies. Vitamin A deficiency remains a widespread public health problem. …