Cargill, WFP accepting solutions to end hunger


By Holly Demaree-Saddler,



MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — The World Food Program (WFP) Innovation Accelerator and Cargill are accepting applications for the Global Innovation Challenge for Zero Hunger, from Feb. 4-28. The goal is for start-ups, private companies and NGOs to submit solutions that can sustainably lift people out of hunger.


“The world is never going to be fully at peace without ending hunger,” said David Beasley, executive director of the WFP. “It is a critical problem for every organization with a global interest, no matter what sector. We will never address this problem and solve it by the United Nations alone, nor by governments alone. The only way we will solve this is by the private sector being integrally engaged and involved. This is why we need to step it up to another level and be even more creative and innovative together.”


The Global Innovation Challenge for Zero Hunger is looking for proposals that could improve the lives of smallholder farmers and small-scale livestock producers, reach a step change in food systems or increase the effectiveness of emergency response.


Selected teams will participate in a joint boot camp at the WFP Innovation Accelerator from May 13-17 in Munich, Germany, where they will work on field-level challenges and refine project plans with the hands-on support of industry experts and partners, including Cargill leaders. Teams also will get a chance to receive up to $100,000 in equity-free funding and access to a global network to test the solution’s impact and scalability in the field.


Teams applying to the challenge must:


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