AFRICA: In 2024, the Agroecological Food Prize will reward three food innovations

AFRICA: In 2024, the Agroecological Food Prize will reward three food innovations
AFRICA: In 2024, the Agroecological Food Prize will reward three food innovations

For its first edition, the Agroecological Food Futures Prize will select innovations from agri-food small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Interested companies have until July 26, 2024 to submit their applications to the Swiss Biovision Foundation, which initiated this competition.

“These are SMEs whose business models are aligned with the principles of agroecology and lead to positive changes in the areas of environmental sustainability, circularity, food security, social equity and/or local economic development”underlines Biovision, which has been working since 1998 for a healthy planet, by supporting sustainable food and ecological development.

A first step will allow the selection of six SMEs from the range of companies that will apply. These will be invited to participate in a presentation and awards ceremony to be held in the Rwandan capital Kigali. In addition, they will benefit from support to perfect their presentation before a jury of experts, who will evaluate them according to their profitability, their growth and impact potential, and their alignment with agroecology. Three winners will be chosen and will receive prizes, respectively $20,000, $10,000 in addition to personalized technical assistance, and $10,000 for the third.

For each of the beneficiary SMEs, this financing should support the efforts of their respective governments in favor of the transition towards more sustainable and equitable food systems. Indeed, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are in situations of severe food insecurity, partly due to drought which reduces crop yields and therefore the livelihoods of populations.

Sustainable food systems could help reduce food waste, as livelihoods are limited. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 30% of the world’s cereals are thrown away, 50% of tubers, fruits and vegetables, 20% of oilseeds, meat and dairy products, and 35% of fish.

For more information on Biovision’s call for applications, click ici.

Inès Magoum

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