World Food Programme Launches Innovation Accelerator to End Hunger

World Food Programme Launches Innovation Accelerator to End Hunger

The World Food Programme has announced a new initiative to support innovative solutions designed to accelerate progress toward the goal of ending hunger by 2030.

With twelve projects already under way, the Innovation Accelerator will work to bring WFP staff together with experts and entrepreneurs in an effort to achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #2, which is focused on the eradication of  hunger, improving food security and nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture. Through the initiative, teams will collaborate for three- to six-month periods on ideas that are either proposed by WFP innovators or crowdsourced from the public. According to WFP, while the number of people who experience hunger every day has fallen by two hundred million since the 1990s, 795 million people still do not have the food they need to live active, healthy lives.

Based in Munich, the initiative is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, and the Bavarian State Ministry for Food, Agriculture, and Forestry.

"Every day, WFP and our partners work to meet the emergency food assistance needs of the world’s poorest yet toughest people living in the most vulnerable places around the globe," said WFP executive director Ertharin Cousin. "What we do is not enough to achieve our shared goal of ending hunger by 2030. We must boldly seek new ideas, tools, and solutions that make more food available, accessible, and ultimately give every person everywhere the ability to feed her or his own children....We must capture the benefits of new technologies and the revolution in big data....[B]y working together, we will transform how we serve and the speed at which we deliver."