On October 1, Water and Energy for Food Grand Challenge for Development issued a formal request for information (market research purposes only) to explore the capabilities of firms or organizations to establish, support, and/or operate WE Regional Innovation Hubs (RIH) in South/South East Asia, the MENA region, or both regions.
The Water and Energy for Food (“WE4F”) challenge fund is a partnership between the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID; hereafter the founding partners).
Through WE4F, the partners want to expand the sustainable scale of innovations that impact the sectors food and water, food and energy or all three sectors of the nexus (food, water, energy) to increase the sustainability of agricultural food value chains, improving energy and water efficiency, as well as to improve climate-resilient agriculture in developing countries and emerging markets in accordance with the SDGs, with a particular focus on the poor and women.
The Regional Innovation Hubs provide both financial and non-financial support in the form of a financial brokering and technical assistance unit. They also identify potential new innovators and offer relevant business models and technical support to both new and old innovators throughout and after the regional call process.