In its third year, the Food Solutions Challenge’s goal was to raise awareness about the connections between food systems and climate. This goal is executed through a local event series and case competition where participants first learned and then generated practical, innovative solutions to these issues.
At close to 100 events held around the world, we challenged bright minds to create climate-friendly cold storage solutions to reduce food loss in sub-Saharan Africa that will increase the amount of edible food while producing less climate-changing emissions.
Below are the final video submissions from the four finalist teams.
Colin Curzi, Priya Arunachalam, Nick Reinke, Misha Fatima
Cool Thanzi from the Johns Hopkins University leverages the natural synergy between nutrition and health care to access the UN’s investment infrastructure and build solar-powered cold storage facilities that house vaccines and nutrient-dense produce in order to reduce food waste while improving public health.
Martin Holzmann, Ryan Henderson
Frooze is an innovative smartphone application that will improve farmers' access to transportation and cold storage facilities by providing an Uber-like service for perishable crops, reducing food waste post-harvest. Frooze has great breakthrough potential for farmers, intermediaries, and retailers to schedule pickups and drop-offs of perishable items, which will keep food fresh before being sold at local markets.
Respect Rungano Musiyiwa, Florence Mawire, Patricia Kwerengwe, Munyaradzi Venon Musiyiwa
The Vintage Foods team from EARTH University has designed and started implementing a community-based cold storage warehouse powered by biogas in rural Zimbabwe. For rural farmers, the post-harvest processing and cold storage facilities for agricultural products is invaluable in order to reduce food loss and waste. Additionally, the Vintage Foods site is already using solar-powered dryer units to take wasted food and turn it into edible, sellable products, further reducing losses.
Wadson Desroche, Wilvens Saint-Hilaire
The Decadast team are proposing an earth-filled “Pot-in-pot” refrigerator. This is an ecological method of preserving food with the great advantage of using materials easily accessible to farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Simply add damp soil to the bottom of a pot. Then place an additional pot on top of the damp soil and put your food into the inner pot. The “Pot-in-pot” system acts as a refrigerator and can increase food conservation for up to three months post-harvest.
- Individuals in any geographic location
- Students and professionals are welcome
- Must be able to host a 90 minute event that engages at least 25 people
- $125 hosting stipend
- Event-in-a-box toolkit and event materials
- 100 Gold status points for Net Impact Chapters which host an event
- The top teams will attend a customized prize trip in Spring 2019
- $10,000 grand prize, $2,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place
- Entry into a raffle for an iPad for recruiting 25 participants to your event
- Entry into a raffle to win an iPad, cash, and Beats headphones for each participant at your event
- Successful event hosts should look to commit 12-14 hours leading up to the event. The event itself will be approximately 90 minutes.
- Secure a date and space for your event
- Attend a 101 webinar from Net Impact Central to help you get started
- Review the event toolkit
- Identify 1-2 facilitators for the event
- Recruit 25 participants to your event
- November 2018 – April 2019: Host your event
- April 2019: Deadline to submit solutions
- Late Spring 2019
- Top teams are selected and attend a prize trip to develop their skills and knowledge on food and sustainability
- Winners announced
What is my role?
Your role is to plan, market, and host a Food Solutions event. To do this, you will attend a 1-hour 101 webinar with Net Impact staff who will walk you through all of the event materials and ensure you are prepared to host a successful event.
What is the facilitator’s role?
Facilitators will lead the event and support everyone to do their best thinking and practice. The facilitator can be you (the event host), a team member, faculty, or another individual. The facilitator does not need to be a subject matter expert as Net Impact will provide you with all of the event materials.
What is the event format?
Participants will learn about the agricultural supply chain in sub-Saharan Africa and why the lack of cold storage is a pressing issue that needs to be solved. Facilitators will present a ~30 minute presentation provided by Net Impact. After the presentation, participants will have ~60 minutes to work in small groups to ideate a solution that will solve the Challenge question. Participants will then submit their ideas into the Food Solutions Challenge and be in the running for the grand prizes.
What are the solutions and how will they be judged?
Solutions should be 500 words or less and turned in via the Net Impact website. Solutions will be judged according to a rubric that will be made available with the event materials.
Do I have to host or attend a Food Solutions event to participate?
The short answer is yes! You have to either attend a live event or one of a few select webinars to be eligible to participate. For more information on upcoming webinars, please email email@example.comStudents and professionals worldwideDeadline to apply to host an event: March, 2019Open to AllThe Food Solutions Challenge is supported by Bayer.