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.
Here are the 15 game-changing projects that the Innovation Accelerator is working on right now:
1. ShareTheMeal lets you donate meals to kids in need for just $0.50.
To date, they’ve delivered over 11 million meals (and counting) to kids in Malawi, Lebanon, Syria, and other places.
2. Locals are being taught how to use hydroponics to grow crops in the slums of Peru.
Hydroponics uses nutrient solutions to grow produce without soil. The best part? The families are teaching other families the technique on their own.
3. Nutrifami makes healthy eating fun for Colombians.
Nutrifami engages food-insecure families with fun online games and activities focused on smart purchasing and building healthier habits day by day.
4. MAPS tracks the nutritional progress of people in El Salvador.
The Monitoring App for Social Programmes (MAPS in its Spanish acronym) gives officials real-time access to data so they can reduce malnutrition more quickly in vulnerable communities.
5. The Food Computer is creating recipes out of climate in Jordan.
The Food Computer can control climate variables like humidity and carbon dioxide inside a special growing chamber, allowing researchers to test any location’s conditions and let farmers know what crops will grow best.
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.
In fact, if you have your own idea for addressing world hunger, submit it to the Innovation Accelerator by March 14 to help make their vision a reality.