Application Deadline: 8th of July,2016. Contestants will be notified on the 29th of July.
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Participants: The Challenge is open to all organizations—whether for-profit or nonprofit—including governmental and inter-governmental organizations. Collaborations between organizations are encouraged. Where such collaboration exists, one lead applicant must submit on the behalf of the group.
Brief description: The Rockefeller Foundation Cassava Innovation Challenge is offering up to $1million to contestants with novel solutions that can increase the shelf life of cassava in Nigeria.
About the Award: The Rockefeller Foundation, Dalberg, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have launched The Rockefeller Foundation Cassava Innovation Challenge to address food loss and spoilage in the cassava value chain. Part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise initiative, the Challenge will provide up to $1 million, as well as technical assistance from Dalberg and IITA, to further develop novel solutions that increase shelf life. The Rockefeller Foundation’s Initiative aims to reduce food loss in various agricultural value chains by 2030, and focuses on Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania.
The initiative has selected cassava as one of its focus crops in Nigeria, given its importance to the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers and their families and the significant amount that is loss due to spoilage. Unlike our current work to reduce, for example, mango loss in Kenya, where we are working with several actors at various stages of the value chain, we identified cassava’s short shelf life as one of the most critical bottlenecks that must be addressed in order to reduce loss significantly.
Type: Innovation Challenge
- The Rockefeller Foundation Cassava Innovation Challenge (“Innovation Challenge”) is open to all organizations, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, including governmental and inter-governmental organizations.
- Collaborations between organizations are encouraged. In the case of such collaborations, the application should be made by a single organization (the ‘lead applicant’) who would then sub-contract part of the award to its collaborators (see Official Rules for more information).
- Applicants can submit more than one entry. Each application should be for a unique solution. The degree of the similarities between applications will be evaluated at the sole discretion of the judges.
- By entering the Innovation Challenge, the entrant certifies that he / she does not infringe on any third party intellectual property rights and has permission from any individual(s) or organization(s) whose work appears in the submitted solution.
Why Cassava and Nigeria?
Cassava is critical for food security in Africa and is the main source of nutrition for around half of the continent’s population, more than 500 million people. However, this root crop has a very short shelf life and, if unprocessed, will spoil within 72 hours after harvest.
In Nigeria—the world’s largest cassava producer (more than 20 percent of global production, producing more than 50 million tons annually)—nearly 30 million smallholder farmers grow cassava. There’s limited access to existing varieties of cassava, almost no preservation from harvesting to processing, and processing is far away, which leads to spoilage
Number of Awardees: Not specified
Value of Award: Up to $1million
Duration of Contest: Not stated
How to Apply: Please visit the application page on the website to submit your application.