Dar es Salaam. Tanzanian innovators will have a chance to grab $4.5 million, after the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announced a four-year Zero Hunger Zero Aids challenge contest.
The contest, which also involves Dar Teknohama Business Incubator and Data for Local Impact, aims at ensuring access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food as well as increased agricultural productivity, while also helping food insecure populations to increase their resilience to health risks.
The WFP country representative, Mr Michael Dunford, said the programme covered four years in which the nominees would be nurtured and mentored to their projects of innovations.
“At the moment WFP corporately supports 80 million people on an annual basis. We know that there are other millions who are hungry or malnourished, so we need to start working in a new style at this time of new technologies. We try to determine other innovations that we can deploy to support the people,” he said.
He added: “There are other ways of producing food and reducing malnutrition more effectively. We should find a good solution for addressing malnutrition in Tanzania. Already 24 per cent of the population is stunting. Can we use it so that all the children will benefit from the support?”
He mentioned the other element that they need as taking innovations from one country and adapting them the local Tanzanian environment.
“We have a budget of $4.5 million for the next four years and if we are successful we will attract further money, which will increase investments in the sector. That’s for Tanzania,” he says.