Cutting the edge of hunger: 6 ways that WFP drives humanitarian innovation

WFP Innovation Bootcamp participants in Munich, Germany, February 2020. Photo: WFP/Paul-Guenther.
WFP has a long-standing culture of innovation, from its first airlift in 1962, to pioneering the use of email in humanitarian emergencies in the 1990s, and distributing aid through e-vouchers in the early 2000s. Today, we are tapping into blockchain, digital cash, and artificial intelligence to enhance humanitarian assistance. Photo: WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua.

1. Innovation sourcing

2. Ideas turned into workable solutions

Since its foundation in 2015, the WFP Innovation Accelerator has hosted 40 innovation bootcamps with 387 participating teams. Photo: WFP/Paul-Guenther.

3. The power of iteration

Hani Mohamed uses her mobile phone to redeem WFP’s cash assistance and order food from WFP’s online e-Shop at a food distribution Centre Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo: WFP/Ismail Taxta.

4. Taking proven solutions to scale

5. Creating impact across all SDGs

Daniel is a student in Kitwe, Zambia, where WFP has set up a hydroponics garden to support the local school meals programme. “I’ve been looking for ways to replicate the greenhouse made by WFP…finally I made it and built my own greenhouse.’’ Photo: WFP/Andy Higgins.

6. Breaking path into the future: Innovative Finance and Frontier Innovations

Project AHEAD is WFP’s collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), to test all-terrain trucks for remote operation, so that we can safely deliver assistance areas affected by natural disasters, conflict, or outbreaks of disease. Photo: WFP/Hugh Rutherford.

Find out more and explore our portfolio of innovations in the WFP Innovation Accelerator Year In Review 2021.




Sourcing, supporting and scaling high-impact innovations to disrupt hunger.

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Sourcing, supporting and scaling high-impact innovations to disrupt hunger.

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