WE4F Southern and Central Africa Regional Innovation Hub Announces Open Call for Innovations Winner, Meat Naturally

The Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) Grand Challenge Southern and Central Africa Regional Hub (S/CA RIH) is pleased to announce Open Call for Innovations winner, Meat Naturally.

Meat Naturally, originally joined the hub as a legacy innovator from Securing Water for Food (SWFF). Through the Open Call for Innovations process, the company has become a grantee. 

Meat Naturally works with rural farmers, training and encouraging them to adopt regenerative herding and rangeland restoration techniques. By helping farmers adopt sustainable practices, Meat Naturally addresses environmental degradation in South Africa and contributes to reduced carbon emissions. Through their new WE4F award, Meat Naturally will increase the number of professional herders with environmental and livestock management skills. In addition to the grant, the innovator will receive technical assistance and investment facilitation. Some of the planned technical assistance includes the development of training materials into local languages for the professional herders as well as copywriting and editing capacity-building training for the innovator’s staff who are responsible for communication activities. 

The Open Call for Innovations is an activity under Water and Energy for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development (WE4F). WE4F is an international partnership amongst the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

The WE4F Southern and Central Africa Regional Innovation Hub (a consortium of Tetra Tech, Open Capital Advisors, and International Water Management Institute) supports the scaling-up of energy and/or water-efficient innovations in 12 countries, with a focus on women and the base of the pyramid. Innovations include technologies, business, finance models, and new modes of cooperation. 

To learn more, visit: https://we4f.org/sca and follow @WE4FGCD on Twitter.