Food Solutions Challenge | Net Impact

Food Solutions Challenge

Sponsored by Bayer and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

In its fourth year, the Food Solutions Challenge is a local event series and case competition that challenges today’s brightest minds to find solutions to pressing issues in food and agriculture.

At over 50 events held worldwide, teams came together to ideate solutions to the Challenge question: How might we better enable female smallholder farmers to have access to the resources, agricultural know-how, and markets that will improve their livelihoods?

After the events, participants submitted their innovative ideas and five semi-finalists teams were chosen. Those teams honed their ideas with expert coaching over 8 weeks in a social impact accelerator.

Below are the final video submissions of the 2020 Food Solutions Challenge Winners:

First Place: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology: VisforFarmer

Andrew Akuaku & Denis Ayiku Darkey

Video: https://youtu.be/dufjTtcInpw



Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s solution VisforFarmer leverages extension services to increase female smallholder farms access to markets and reduce post-harvest losses using bamboo bikes, carts and solar powered tablet technology. 



Second place: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology: Agriknot

Ewura-Esi Manful, Dennis Owusu



Video: https://youtu.be/JQn4lrlTfOI



Agriknot is a solution that aims to increase education and agriculture know-how for female farmers focusing on climate smart practices, financial management and reducing post-harvest losses. Agriknot also has great breakthrough potential to serve as mediators to provide greater access to markets and financial institutions not reliably available to female smallholder farmers.

Third place: EARTH University: Agribusiness Innovation and Incubations Hub

Respect Musiyiwa, Munyaradzi Musiyiwa, Florance Mawire

Video: https://youtu.be/N7YsTYIRk14



The team from EARTH University has designed and started implementing their Agribusiness Innovation and Incubation Hub solution. For female smallholder farmers access to education, climate smart skills, finance and business services is a tough challenge. The Agribusiness Innovation and Incubation Hub acts as an online platform and physical hub to combat these issues in addition to reducing post-harvest losses and CO2 emissions.

 

Watch last year's winner's final submission video to see how your event can inspire ambitious projects that tackle critical issues!