A few weeks ago, the Institute for Development Impact’s (I4DI) Nigeria-based team submitted an idea to the Food Systems Game-Changer Lab (FSGCL) open call. The FSGCL is a food system initiative sponsored by EAT, OpenIDEO, Thought for Food, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Forum for the Future, targeted at building a better food future for everyone, everywhere, in support of the United Nations Food Systems Summit.
We are excited to announce that I4DI’s submission qualified, among 505 submissions received from 85 countries, for the FSGCL Solutions Accelerator Program—a 12-week intensive collaboration between submission teams to create partnerships, co-develop solution frameworks, and gain access to mentorship opportunities.
I4DI’s submission aims to reduce tomato-post harvest loss in Nigeria through a low-cost evaporative cooling system. Given this goal, as part of the accelerator program, our team will join a cohort focused on reducing food loss and waste. In these cohorts, with the support of an expert mentor, teams will co-create an “Action Agenda” around a shared cohort solution that will be highlighted at the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit. During the summit, solution cohorts will also have an opportunity to participate in a series of matchmaking events to help build partnerships with national and city-level governments, funders, companies, and other potential partners. Should solution cohorts find a match during the event, they will be invited to the next phase of the FSGCL, which could potentially include policy support, continued mentorship, investment, etc.
I4DI is pleased to participate in such a global coalition to transform the world’s food systems. We support the UN’s call to make this summit more open, transparent and driven by the people most affected by the social and environmental challenges that put the world’s food systems at risk. Only with authentic collaboration and unlikely partnerships across stakeholders will we be on the right path to achieving a more just and resilient world.