IFAD 2021-2022 Agrobiodiversity Innovation Challenge

IFAD

Are you an innovator interested in solving challenges in the agri-food sector by utilizing or conserving agrobiodiversity? If yes, submit your application!

The Agrobiodiversity Innovation Challenge aims to recognize new products, services, and best practices that can help farmers, consumers, and food companies to increase production effectiveness, competitiveness, and resilience while conserving agrobiodiversity.

About  International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD)

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD; French: Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA)) is an international financial institution and a specialised agency of the United Nations that works to address poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries. It is the only multilateral development organization that focuses solely on rural economies and food security. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, IFAD is involved in over 200 projects across nearly 100 countries.

Aim and Benefits of IFAD Agrobiodiversity Innovation Challenge

Cash prize – Two grants/free equity of USD 5,000 to each of the top two innovators based on level of excellence and innovation – (IFAD) 

Mentoring – Support in fine tuning business models and developing business plans, along with access to science and business development teams – (CGIAR/ IITA BIP) 

Partnership – Partnering with a CGIAR scientist or team to provide guidance and feedback on innovation – (CGIAR/ Alliance, IIT) 

Matching – Participating in a Shark Tank/Dragon’s Den-like pitch to IFAD country teams for opportunities to match for further product development and/or scaling (IFAD) 

Expertise – In-kind, post-award support will be provided to equip innovators with tools, technical assistance, strategic guidance, technological due-diligence, mentorship, and access to a global community of scientists and to field operations to test and scale solutions – (CGIAR/ Alliance, IIT) 

Training and Tuition – Three winning ideas (team or member) will receive two full scholarship worth USD 25,000 each, and one additional full tuition assistance for participation in the Master I Level Open Innovation & Youth Entrepreneurship course from CIHEAM Bari – (CIHEAM Bari)

Requirements for IFAD Agrobiodiversity Innovation Challenge Qualification

  • Applicants must be Individuals (e.g. farmers, processors, engineers, etc.) responsible for an innovation with a demonstrated efficiency using novel tools, products, or services to enhance and promote sustainable food and agriculture.
  • Applicants must be International Organizations (IOs)responsible for an innovation with a demonstrated efficiency using novel tools, products, or services to enhance and promote sustainable food and agriculture.
  • Applicants must be Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)responsible for an innovation with a demonstrated efficiency using novel tools, products, or services to enhance and promote sustainable food and agriculture.
  • Applicants must beUniversities responsible for an innovation with a demonstrated efficiency using novel tools, products, or services to enhance and promote sustainable food and agriculture.
  • Applicants must bePrivate Companies responsible for an innovation with a demonstrated efficiency using novel tools, products, or services to enhance and promote sustainable food and agriculture.

See also Fully Funded Swansea University and Université Grenoble Alpes Joint STEM PhD

Application Deadline
September 30, 2021

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to  International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD) on forms.office.com to apply

For more details,visit Agrobiodiversity Innovation Challenge website

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