Innovative Ideas For #ZeroHunger
After years of decreasing hunger, the global population suffering hunger is rising again. Environmental degradation and climate change as well as social inequalities and conflicts are increasing, threatening the livelihoods of millions. Thus, when, if not now, is the time to take action?
With the help of innovative and creative solutions that make our world a better place we aim at achieving our goal #oneplanet #zerohunger.
There are so many great ideas within our organization inspired by the problems we witness within the communities where we work. To give these ideas the chance to grow big, Welthungerhilfe has created a space, where the organization's employees can present and test these ideas and exchange with colleagues around the globe – #InnoLab!
Within the Innovation Lab, Welthungerhilfe colleagues can refine, iterate and advance their ideas in a short timeframe with facilitation from the Innovation Unit. A jury, made up of both external and internal Welthungerhilfe colleagues, rates the presented and elaborated ideas and selects one winning idea.
Next Steps After The Innovation Lab
We see the Innovation Lab as a vehicle for our incubation and acceleration portfolio. The winning idea will be added to this innovation portfolio, where it will be refined and jointly developed with our Innovation Unit. Additionally, the winning team receives 20,000€ funding to financially support the further development of the idea.
The ideas that were not selected as winners of the Innovation Lab are of course still followed up and shared within the organization aiming at finding a place within Welthungerhilfe to develop them further.
Innovation Lab 2022
The #innolab2022 was themed around gender equality and climate resilience.
From 52 ideas submitted from more than 20 different countries, the ideas "Nature Now" from Uganda and "Smiling Nature" from Haiti and Mali were finally voted the winning ideas.
During the ten days of the Innovation Lab, the teams worked intensively on their ideas along the user-centric approach. At the end of #innolab2022, they presented the results in a 3-minute pitch at the final Shark Tank event with more than 230 participants.
The following videos show the winning pitches of "Nature Now" and "Smiling Nature".
Below you will find the five ideas of the #innolab2022 finalists with information about their countries and topics.
Team 1: "My Week, My Power – Cozy Menstruation, Happy Life"
Countries: Uganda, Pakistan
Idea: Providing women and girls with menstrual hygiene products, including counseling and gender-friendly toilet design.
Team 2: "Masterminds of Menina – Helping Farmers Break Barriers"
Idea: Combination of remittances, graduates and new farming methods for better adaptation to climate change and food security.
Team 3: "Nature Now – Impacting Communities for Good"
Idea: Using a solar-powered water pump, "Nature Now" aims to help smallholder farmers increase their productivity and improve their climate resilience.
Team 4: "WRF (Water Recycling Filter) – Giving More Life To Water"
Idea: A water recycling filter that gives more life to water and provides more water for daily use to refugees in refugee camps.
Team 5: "Smiling Nature – Planting Trees to Improve Lives"
Countries: Haiti, Mali
Idea: By planting trees with high carbon sequestration and nutritional value, "Smiling Nature" aims to increase food and nutrition security and generate income for affected populations.
Innovation Lab 2021
The "Mobile Vertical Garden" for internally displaced persons was the winning idea at Innolab 2021. It was developed by participants from Sudan and Bangladesh. The mobile vertical garden allows people to grow nutritious food in a small space and includes a non-electrical fridge.
The following video shows the pitch of the mobile vertical garden at the #innolab2021. After the team worked intensively on the further development of this idea during the ten days of the Innovation Lab, they prepared a presentation to share this idea with the jury and the participants.
Below you find the six finalist ideas of #innolab2021 with information on their countries and topics.
Team 1: Solar-powered drip-irrigation garden kit
Idea: An affordable DIY kit for building a solar-powered drip irrigation garden to grow food for young women in rural areas longing for financial independence
Team 2: Mobile vertical garden for internally displaced persons
Countries: Bangladesh and Sudan
Idea: An affordable, space-saving and portable vertical garden to grow food with integrated non-electrical fridge for refugees looking to grow food for consumption and selling
Team 3: Transformation of organic waste into organic fertilizer and feed
Countries: Uganda, Kenya, Germany
Idea: Social enterprise supporting smallholder farmers collecting garbage in setting up organic waste management solutions (e. g., teaching them about Black Soldier Flies) and buying excess produce from these farmers
Team 4: Plastic recycling companies for and with communities
Countries: Somaliland, Liberia, Kenya
Idea: Setup of small plastic processing entities in peri-urban areas for women collecting plastic in peri-urban areas wanting to generate more income and reducing negative impact plastic pollution has on their lives
Team 5: Community using semi-mechanized tools for restoration
Country: Burkina Faso
Idea: Connect smallholder farmers looking to restore their land with craftsmen (for machinery) and existing agricultural coops of young people (doing the restoration work)
Team 6: Platform and community for new parents who lack support
Idea: Social media platform or app providing moral support and guidance to expectant and new mothers and fathers
Call for Action
Are you interested in supporting the Innovation Lab? Most welcome!
There is a wide range of possibilities: Starting with contributing technical expertise as a mentor, through funding, and up to participating as a jury member.
Feel free to contact us, and we'll figure out the right way together.