- November 26, 2020
Pandemics are a time of hardship for all. At the same time, a crisis often provokes innovation – a chance to improve the current and future situation for many. The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated outcomes are affecting health, and food and nutrition security leaving millions ailing, hungry and malnourished. Business as usual is therefore not enough. We need a new generation of innovators who can solve humanity’s most pressing challenge. The Elevator Pitch Contest by Sight and Life aims to push progress by supporting disruptive innovations to address the stalled progress in nutrition brought on by COVID-19. Join us on December 4th at 13:30 CET for an exciting pitch competition. De sure to register for the event here.
We are thrilled to announce four finalists for the seventh Elevator Pitch Contest hosted by Sight and Life and the Africa Green Revolution Forum, the world’s premier forum for African agriculture.
Elizabeth Gikebe | Mhogo Foods
Elizabeth Gikebe is the founder of Mhogo Foods, a company that adds value to cassava production by processing the tubers into gluten-free flour, which is fortified with vitamins and minerals. This ensures that her target market, children under 5 years, pregnant and lactating women and women of reproductive age get their daily recommended nutrition. Mhogo foods works directly with over 8,000 small holder farmers. Its portfolio of products include cassava flour, crisps, and tapioca flour. Mhogo foods is ready to scale.
Prince Abugri | Presbyterian Health Service
Prince Abugri proposes establishing food processing plants in the premises of local health communities to locally produce food supplements, popularly known as ‘wini-mix’. Wini-mix would be processed in a central processing plant with the use of local ingredients such as soya-bean, maize, groundnuts and dry fish and fortified with essential micronutrients like vitamin A and C among others. The mill will also serve the community to generate income to sustain the production.
Chibuike Emmanuel | Agserver
Chibuike Emmanuel is the founder of Agserver, a peer to peer knowledge transfer and information sharing network/digital platform for the farmers to get queries resolved in local languages in real time without needing internet connection. Farmers will be connected to the most suited and precise responder/resources (using ML & AI) to make them more knowledgeable, buy smarter (accessing quality products), and thereby sell better farm produce. A
Godsable Aidam | Traza Geospatials
Godsable Aidam, founder of Traza Geospatials, is developing a mobile and website app, Green Basket, which ensures (1) door step delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables, (2) notifications and reminders of nutritious foods to include in diets and (3) dietary advice from nutritionists.
Join us for this exciting pitch competition on December 4th and more about their innovations. Register here.
Thank you to our expert judging panel who ask hard questions and make tough decisions!
Dr. Klaus Kraemer – Managing Director, Sight and Life
Dr. Simon Winter – Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Dr. Debisi Araba – Managing Director, African Green Revolution Forum
Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development
Kalpana Beesabathuni – Global Lead, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Sight and Life