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Winners in $4m COVID-19 Food Security Challenge Have Been Announced

Winners in $4m COVID-19 Food Security Challenge Have Been Announced

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced 32 winners of the $4 million COVID-19 Food Security Challenge.

The organisation that revealed this in a statement said that the selected 32 winners are from medium and small-scale enterprises adding that they will receive awards of $4 million to fund and offer technical assistance as well as implement solutions that will improve food security in Nigeria.

THIS DAY reports that the competition was done in partnership with the organisation’s Exploratory Programmes and Innovation Competitions (EPIC) Team in the Innovation, Technology and Research Hub within its Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation.

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According to THIS DAY, the statement reads, “To address this food security crisis, USAID/Nigeria, in partnership with EPIC, launched the COVID-19 Food Security Challenge in April 2021. The challenge is partnering with commercially viable youth-led and mid-stage companies in Nigeria to improve food production, processing, and distribution. Information Guide Nigeria

“Over the next year, the Challenge will support the winners as they implement and scale their sustainable, local, and food-based models and increase incomes for smallholder farmers across Nigeria. Jamb Result

“USAID/Nigeria is proud to announce that 12 of the winners are women-led businesses and 31 of the winners are partners new to USAID. Some of the innovations that USAID/Nigeria is funding through this Challenge include online platforms that connect farmers to customers and services; access to solar refrigeration to extend the freshness of fruits, vegetables, and meat in off-grid communities; organic fertilizer made from converted biowaste; and micro-lending organizations to help smallholder farmers gain access to finance“.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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