FAO is looking for new ideas to face water scarsity

Do you know the WFF? This stands for a Youth-led network of partners facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations whose objective of the WFF is to empower young people from everywhere to actively shape agrifood systems.  

The network has launched a Transformative Research Challenge Special Prizes, one of the WFF Innovation lab competitions which address young researchers and students from all over the world to support our agrifood systems transformation, help end hunger, and accelerate climate action. This challenge seeks to address the most pressing challenges of our time, such as: Global One Health, The Role of Water in Agrifood Systems Transformation, Peste des petits ruminants/PPR (Sheep and goat plague), Food Action Accelerates Climate Action, and Food Loss & Waste. 

How it works?

The TRC is a research-based competition for young researchers and students. The challenge consists of three phases: the first one is an open call for researchers to submit a two-page concept note in English that we will send to expert reviewers for evaluation to select the semi-finalists. The second phase starts by pairing the semi-finalists teams with mentors to transfer their concept note into a concrete research output. Finally, we will have a second round of evaluation to select our finalists who will pitch their ideas in front of the judges (including Chief Economist and Chief Scientist) at the World Food Forum (WFF) Flagship Event on 16-20 October 2023.   

📌 Deadline for concept notes: 9 June 2023

The Role of Water in Agrifood Systems Special Prize:  

The TRC Special Water Prize is co–hosted by the IWMI MENA Region and the FAYI–IAAS. This special prize seeks to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time: water scarcity, by challenging young researchers to propose transformative solutions that ensure the sustainable use and management of water in different agricultural landscapes. 

The winners will receive travel allowance to the flagship event in October 2023, internships with IWMI MENA and the opportunity to publish their research through FAO. 

📌Link for the applications form

📌Link for the TRC Special Prizes webpage

📌Link for more information on the Water Special Prize

Wanna try? Challenge yourself!!!