World Food Program USA has received a $2.8m grant from Google.org.
This grant supports the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator, an initiative aimed at leveraging innovation and technology to tackle food insecurity worldwide.
Started in 2015 and led by Bernhard Kowatsch, the WFP Innovation Accelerator focuses on integrating advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), data analytics, blockchain and new business models to improve humanitarian response and address the root causes of hunger. It offers 16 annual programs to the broader ecosystem on multiple social impact and sustainability issues, such as hunger, climate change, primary healthcare, gender equality, and emergency response. In 2022 alone, the portfolio of 150+ startups and innovations impacted 37 million people globally.
The grant will fund an acceleration program aimed at developing and scaling ten ventures created and developed within WFP. These solutions, anchored in technological innovation, aim to improve emergency response, supply chain efficiency, and support for smallholder farmers in many of the world’s most vulnerable communities, including Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia and Haiti. The program includes a comprehensive package of business support, scaling strategies and grant funding.