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Forty-Six Postharvest Technology Innovators from East Africa to Compete for USD 30,000 in Seed Capital

Published on March 22, 2017

Panelists for the East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 have selected 46 innovators, from over 200 applicants, to undergo accelerator training on how to package and pitch their technologies to investors. The training will help the innovators expand their opportunities for scaling up and disseminating their technologies to a wider market. The training will take place in Tanzania on April 4-6, 2017.

Applicants are competing for the best technological solutions to address post-harvest losses. They hail from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

The Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) is conducting the inaugural East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 through a grant from the Hub. The objective is to spur the development of innovative technologies that reduce food loss and waste in Africa.

In May, IREN will hold an East Africa Postharvest Technologies Fair where the top 25 contestants will showcase and pitch their innovations to development partners, donors, governments, farmer and trader associations, and investors. The top three contestants will split a seed fund of $30,000 USD through a generous contribution of agribusiness corporation Syngenta and other partners.

“We are delighted to host these post-harvest technology innovators. They hold the key to helping the continent confront and counter the huge challenges in post-harvest losses, as an additional tool to mitigating perennial hunger and famine episodes in the East African region,” said James Shikwati, Chief Executive Officer, IREN.