Let’s rethink food systems together: Apply to the WFP Innovation Challenge 2021!

Why rethink our food systems?

Apply to the 2021 WFP Innovation Challenge!

New application deadline: 7 June 2021

Can your innovation help rethink food systems? Apply to the WFP Innovation Challenge 2021 for a chance to implement your idea with the world’s largest humanitarian organization and create social impact. You may qualify to participate in the next virtual WFP Innovation Bootcamp, and have the opportunity to gain hands-on support and up to US $100,000 in equity-free funding to implement your project.

A food system is a complex network of resources, people and activities involved in producing food, transforming it, and making sure it reaches hungry people. Photo: WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud.
  • Resilient Food Systems: enabling communities to better resist and recover from the effects of conflicts, natural hazards, pandemics and other shocks and stressors.
  • Safe and Nutritious Food Systems: increasing the availability of nutritious food and making food more affordable and accessible.
  • Inclusive Food Systems: promoting equitable livelihoods by empowering smallholder farmers and bringing food and income-generating activities to communities at the last mile.

Last year’s Challenge attracted about 800 applications from 95 countries.

We are excited by innovative ideas and talent that will be harnessed this year and welcome applications from start-ups, NGOs, academic institutions and government agencies.

Ready to disrupt hunger with us?

Established in 2015 in Munich, Germany, the WFP Innovation Accelerator brings Silicon Valley-style start-up approaches to spur innovation within the humanitarian and development sector. We have supported more than 90 projects in 46 countries, with 14 innovations scaling up globally, creating a life-changing impact for 3.7 million people in 2020 alone.

Start your online application now

The WFP Innovation Challenge 2021 is accepting applications between now and 7 June 2021 11:59 pm (CEST):



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