OCFI – Water And Energy For Food (WE4F): A Grand Challenge For Development
Type of project: This Open Call for Innovation is designed to address barriers to enable the production of more food with efficient and sustainable usage of water and energy along the value chain from farming to end-users, and to impact food security, gender, and poverty reduction in an environmentally sustainable way. WE4F aims to:
Increase food production along the value chain through a more sustainable and efficient usage of water and/or energy; Increase income for base of the pyramid women and men in both rural and urban areas working in farming and/or consuming food products; Sustainably scale the Organizations’ solutions to meet the challenges in the WE4F nexus; Promote climate and environmental resilience and biodiversity through the sustainable, holistic management of natural resources and ecosystems. We are accepting applicants on a rolling basis in 2023 and 2024
Location: Southern and Central Africa
Eligibility: WE4F is open to legally incorporated / registered for-profit and not-for-profit organizations or academic institutions which are responsible for generating revenue and maintaining a self-sustaining operational budget (i.e., covering costs). In addition, these organizations should be able to demonstrate a revenue track record selling the water energy-food nexus-relevant product or service. WE4F is focused on financially viable businesses or organizations that can showcase a proven and sustainable revenue model.
Grant size: $40,000 – $250,000