If you were tasked with ending hunger by 2030, what would you do? For starters, you’d probably come up with as many solutions as possible — as fast as possible.
That’s exactly what the World Food Programme (WFP) is doing. And they’re asking for all the help they can get.
When it comes to feeding the 795 million people living in hunger every day, time is of the essence. Solutions are needed — fast. And the best way to come up with out-of-the-box solutions? Out-of-the-box ideation.
That’s where the Innovation Accelerator comes in.
Established in 2015 in Munich, Germany, the program has a simple mission: «Finding the bright minds, getting them together with the right partners, and actually making ideas happen,» explains Bernhard Kowatsch, head of the Innovation Accelerator. «With doing all of that, we can make zero hunger a reality by 2030.»
They fast-track ideas by providing intensive training, funding, and even coaching from the industry’s best and brightest. Think of them as a startup incubator, only their main goal is addressing global hunger.
1. ShareTheMeal lets you donate meals to kids in need for just $0.50.
2. Locals are being taught how to use hydroponics to grow crops in the slums of Peru.
3. Nutrifami makes healthy eating fun for Colombians.
4. MAPS tracks the nutritional progress of people in El Salvador.
5. The Food Computer is creating recipes out of climate in Jordan.
6. The WFP is using satellites to monitor their revamped food infrastructure in South Sudan.
To monitor the progress of building new water resources and repairing roads, the WFP is using satellite imagery so they have a trusty eye in the sky.
7. Transformers is transforming food waste into school food in Kenya.
8. Farmers in Africa are being taught how to care for their bounty better.
9. The smartphone app AgriUp is giving Guatemalan farmers the knowledge they need to be successful.
10. Building Blocks is changing how aid is delivered in Pakistan.
11. Real-time data is preventing stunted growth in infants.
12. The Virtual Farmers Market (VFM) in Zambia is connecting farmers and buyers like never before.
13. These Syrian refugees are learning digital skills and creating food security in the process.
14. Smart Meals is changing how school food is delivered in Burundi.
15. The power of storytelling is opening people’s eyes.
We need to work concisely, quickly, and as one if we’re going address this global issue sooner rather than later.
Yes, it’s an uphill climb, but let’s not forget, the end goal of zero hunger by 2030 is right within our sight. «If we broaden the network of people that care about hunger and are willing to support it,» adds Kowatsch, «it’s even easier and more realistic that we will make that happen.»