Globally, 30% of the food produced is estimated to be lost along the processes in the agricultural supply chain. Food losses and waste amount to nearly US $ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries like Nigeria. These losses are detrimental to the world’s food security if we do not increase our food production by up to 70%, considering that the world’s population is expected to reach 9.1 billion by 2050.

Due to the complexity of the food supply chains,  we are faced with challenges in reducing food wastage and delivering safe, nutritious food that is of high quality. However, this can be solved by optimising food processing procedures, streamlining supply chains, and linking farmers directly to the market, among other things.

To support safe food and fight malnutrition, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is supporting the Agribusiness Innovation Challenge for early-stage agritech start-ups that are actively contributing to the supply chain efficiency of cassava, maize, rice, and OFSP in Nasarawa with funding and to be implemented by Ventures Park, with the aim of strengthening the Nutrition in Nigeria’s staple foods.

About the program:

The Agribusiness Innovation Challenge is specifically designed for early-stage agritech start-ups to strengthen their capacity, improve their access to financial services, and develop business concepts leveraging innovation to improve supply chain efficiency in Nasarawa state. If this sounds like your business, check out the information below to apply for the program:

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P.S: Female founders/co-founders are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Business must be between 6-48 months
  • Be an early-stage startup with a minimum viable product
  • Be a registered for-profit business operational in Nasarawa State
  • Solution alignment with agricultural supply chain efficiency in Nasarawa State
  • Age of founder (18-35)

When and where does the Program take place?

It’s a 4-month hybrid program running from October 2022 to January 2023. Physical support in Nasarawa, Nigeria.

How to apply?

Interested participants can fill out the form and submit their application through the call for applications before October 3, 2022.

About GAIN 

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (“GAIN”), is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. GAIN is driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition in which all people have access to and consume nutritious and safe food. GAIN’s mission is to advance nutrition outcomes by improving the consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people, especially the most vulnerable to malnutrition.

About Ventures Park

Ventures Park is an enterprise support organization that promotes entrepreneurship and innovation by supporting innovative youths and businesses that are solving Africa’s most important problems through business incubators, accelerators, and capacity building. 

Apply Here:

Deadline: October 3, 2022

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