United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a partnership to foster innovation in Kenya.
According to Federico Naccarato Sartori, Head of Innovation at United Nations WFP, the partnership will address needs-based challenges while creating an enabling environment for innovation and innovative practices at county and national levels for issues related to food security.
He said, “Through this agreement we will be able to target and engage various groups including youth, women, persons with disability and pastoralists in arid areas of Kenya (ASALs) through the UNDP Youth Centers, WFP field offices and WFP Innovation Centers, developing and fostering sustainable solutions for community-driven challenges,”
The agreement will also strengthen UNDP and WFP’s ability to incubate and scale high impact innovations jointly with the national and the county governments to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Last year, WFP partnered with Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA) to establish innovation centres in the counties through its Innovation Accelerator Program. WFP launched the Innovation Accelerator program in 2015 to pilot new solutions and scale promising innovations to disrupt hunger.
The WFP Innovation Accelerator sources, supports and scales high-potential solutions to end hunger worldwide.