June 9, 2016Michael Sutherland-Shaw
Do you have an innovative solution to quash food insecurity?
You may be what the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is looking for.
Recently, USAID launched two competitions for entrepreneurs with promising technologies to help Latin America, the Caribbean and Zambia access sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food as part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative.
“When we invest in innovators and entrepreneurs, we’re not just investing in a cool new technology or a promising business, though we are doing that,” said USAID administrator Gayle Smith.
Winners of the competitions will receive funding and mentoring from Feed the Future to market and scale their solutions to benefit smallholder farmers in developing countries.
According to USAID, Feed the Future will invest up to $5.75 million through these two competitions.
“Through Feed the Future and other efforts, we are helping countries become a little bit stronger, and a little less vulnerable to crises and conflicts. We are helping people build the core set of capacities they need to withstand the next disaster. And those investments will yield returns for decades, returns that will help us end hunger and extreme poverty, and build safer, more prosperous communities all over the world,” said Smith.
The call for technologies to boost food safety in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly Guatemala, Honduras and Haiti, will be open until Aug. 8, 2016. More details are available here.