Deadline: November 3, 2022


If you are a start-up…

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Applications for the WFP Innovation Challenge 2023 are now open. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator sources, supports, and scales bold new solutions to disrupt global hunger and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Up to 828 million people – more than one in ten of the world’s population – still go to bed hungry each night. A deadly combination of conflict, climate change, and the after-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is at the root of soaring hunger numbers. The economic fallout of the pandemic, and then the war in Ukraine, has pushed prices up and put food out of reach for millions of people across the world. These rising costs are also affecting WFP’s work. Already at the start of 2022, the price WFP was paying for food was up by 30 percent compared to 2019, and the cost of delivering it had risen by an additional US$42 million a month.

Therefore, for this edition of the WFP Innovation Challenge, they are specifically looking for low and high-tech solutions including digital tools. They also encourage strong “wildcard ideas” to apply. Together with the brightest and best minds globally, they will be able to end hunger. WFP’s current innovation priorities are listed below:


Selection Criteria

Applications submitted to the WFP Innovation Accelerator are assessed according to a standard set of criteria and are reviewed by both WFP and external experts. Note that they prioritize projects that are designed alongside their core users—vulnerable communities and that show initial traction and market validation to ensure impact and maximize cost-effectiveness.

They are looking for innovations that meet the following expectations:


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