The Hub recently entered into its second partnership with the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN). This time, the partnership is in support of an East African Community (EAC) post-harvest technology challenge competition to encourage agriculture innovation and technology adoption in East Africa. The competition will target ready-to-scale technologies for expansion and distribution throughout the region. The top ten ready-to-scale technologies will be invited to showcase and pitch their innovations in a special session during the 1st All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition in March 2017, organized by the World Food Preservation Center (WFPC) in conjunction with the University of Nairobi. The top three innovations will receive a cash prize/seed capital.
"We are very excited to partner with the Hub once more. We believe this competition will go a long way in finding solutions to post harvest losses." - James Shikwati, Director, IREN.
The competition contributes to the Hub’s work to promote agriculture innovations that have the potential for scale. The competition also contributes to the Hub’s support of youth and women, as the competition is expected to attract applicants from these two groups. Further, the competition will focus on the Hub’s priority staple value chains (i.e. maize and other grains, beans and legumes, fruits and vegetables, animal and animal products) of which women make up the majority of market participants.
The objective of the competition is to provide a platform where both suppliers and users of post-harvest innovations can interact, thus facilitating broader adoption of improved post-harvest technologies in the region.
"We are excited to partner with IREN for this activity, following up on the tremendous success of the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition," said Jeanah Lacey, Senior Technical Advisor at the Hub.
View a photo story about the Hub’s previous collaboration with IREN, the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition, here.