Meet the 9 teams participating in the World Food Programme’s next Innovation Bootcamp in Munich

The World Food Programme (WFP)’s Innovation and Change Management Division is pleased to announce five internal (WFP) and four external (start-up) teams who will attend the 2018 (Cohort III) Innovation Bootcamp, from 19–23 November at the Innovation Accelerator in Munich. After receiving nearly 800 applications from over 100 countries in September alone, these projects best represent the wealth of game-changing ideas that exist worldwide to tackle global hunger — both within WFP and beyond — coming from seven international organizations based in seven different countries on four continents.

In no particular order, they include:

WFP Participants

The Triangulation Tool, which is a state-of-art holistic solution to Cash-Based Transfer (CBT) accountability through automated reconciliation and transaction monitoring. The Jordan Country Office (CO) submitted this application, which was sponsored by its Country Director.

Nutrifami Senegal is an e-learning application that promotes long-term behavioural change in food safety and quality among school canteen managers and cooks. The Senegal CO submitted this application, sponsored by its Country Director.

Plus leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide optimum nutritional value to children, at the lowest cost possible. The Guatemalan government recently asked the team to use the tool to reach two million children. This project was submitted from Rome HQ and is sponsored by the School Feeding Service Division’s Director and Head of Technical Assistance.

Food ATM is an automated dispensary at refugee camp distribution points, creating increased efficiencies by providing continuous, monitored commodities in a single, on-demand solution. The idea came from the Nairobi Regional Bureau, in collaboration with World Vision.

Finally, VAM + ACF is a collaborative innovation from WFP’s VAM (Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping) and ACF (Action Contre La Faim/Action Against Hunger). It detects moderate and acute malnutrition and stunting, using images and leveraging artificial intelligence. The idea was submitted by a Programme Policy Officer within the VAM Unit at Rome HQ.

Start-up Participants

YeneMar: Honey or Money is a dynamic micro-investment platform that matches investors with beekeepers, purchases modern beehives and inputs, monitors the beehives and farmers, and harvests and delivers returns to the investors and beekeepers in either honey or money. This innovation was submitted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Ethiopia. As a federally owned enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

Harnessing geospatial information for flood emergency response is an initiative that provides near real-time, detailed and accurate geospatial-based information about flood extent and impact to African Risk Capacity (ARC) Member States after floods strike, for a more effective emergency response. A pilot will be run in early 2019 and already has strong demand from Ghana and Ivory Coast. This was submitted from Rome HQ by ARC and is sponsored by its Acting Director of Research and Development.

Child Growth Monitor provides a game-changing solution in measurement and data processing for malnourished children under the age of five years, based on a mobile app using augmented reality in combination with artificial intelligence. By determining weight and height through a 3D scan of children, the app can instantly detect malnutrition. This project was submitted from India by the German NGO Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Help).

Lastly, Celo is developing an application based on blockchain technology that will allow for payments to be made inexpensively to anyone, using a phone number as the main identifier. Payments will be made with a stable-value digital asset pegged to the U.S. dollar, mitigating the volatility risk of other crypto-assets and local fiat currencies. Celo is currently planning a pilot with WFP to test the impact of universal basic income, delivered in cryptocurrency, in Tanzania. They are based in the U.S. and Germany.

For more information on the WFP Innovation Accelerator’s next week-long bootcamp (which will take place 19–23 November), watch this space and follow each project’s progress on Twitter (@WFPInnovation). Beyond the bootcamp, WFP internal Challenge winners and honourable mentions will also be awarded at the January Global Management Meeting. Congratulations to all involved!

The WFP Innovation Accelerator sources, supports and scales high-potential solutions to end hunger worldwide. We provide WFP staff, entrepreneurs, start-ups, companies and non-governmental organizations with access to funding, mentorship, hands-on support and WFP operations.

Find out more about us: http://innovation.wfp.org

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