The Food and Agriculture Organization Hack Against Hunger/Africa invites entrepreneurs across Africa who have innovative digital solutions that can help leverage Africa’s youth bulge and resources to expand agricultural productivity in Africa.
Africa is regarded as a key centre of agricultural production. The continent has the agricultural potential not only to feed itself but also to grow a surplus to support the global food security with over 60% of all uncultivated land worldwide present in Africa.
Yet, agriculture in Africa currently stands at the crossroads of persistent food shortages compounded by climate change threats and stagnant youth employment opportunities.
The population trends suggest that the number of young people entering Africa’s working-age population will be rising for years to come and youth have the potential to generate economic growth and even transformation across Africa.
There is a critical need to spark this transformation by seeking and supporting youth-led and youth-focused initiatives that leverage ICTs to respond to some of the toughest challenges faced by African youth today.
The Food and Agriculture Organization Hack Against Hunger/Africa seeks innovative business models and new technologies to unlock the largely untapped reservoir of youth employment opportunities in food and agriculture in Africa.
You can join young developers and entrepreneurs from different countries in Africa to accelerate bold, promising ideas for youth-led and youth-focused digital innovations.
Be part of the solution and help FAO to respond to some of the toughest challenges faced by African youth today.
Participants in the Food and Agriculture Organization Hack Against Hunger/Africa will be benefiting from the specific know-how and skill sets of experts on food and agriculture.
Components of the Food and Agriculture Organization Hack Against Hunger/Africa
Like every hackathon, #HackAgainstHunger/Africa will include:
A preparation phase including topic exploration and brainstorming of ideas
Hacking time with the goal to build or draw a prototype
Mentorship and guidance from expert coaches the development phase
A final pitch session to a panel of experts and selection of winning team
Who can apply for the Food and Agriculture Organization Hack Against Hunger/Africa
Young African developers ages 18-35 with experience in digital innovation and/or entrepreneurship and proof of impact in your community. You can apply individually or as a team of 2 or 3 people. Together we can transform employment and entrepreneurship in food and agriculture in Africa.
The application deadline is 10 August 2018 (23:59 GMT). FAO will inform selected participants and fund their participation.
Please note that all applicants will be asked for a copy of valid passport or equivalent travel document will be required. Applicants who need a visa to come to Rwanda are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
How To Apply
Interested in the Food and Agriculture Organization Hack Against Hunger/Africa, visit the application portal here.
The application deadline is 10 August 2018 (23:59 GMT)
Good luck as you apply