Energy for Food Security: WFP Niger innovation challenge

Startup Opportunity

Deadline: 14/06/2024


Energy acts as a catalyst for socio-economic transformations, influencing all dimensions of sustainable development. Access to energy is a cornerstone in achieving food security and eliminating hunger. Not only is energy essential for food consumption—much of the food distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP) requires cooking—but it also plays a vital role throughout food systems in production, processing and preservation.

In Niger, communities face significant challenges of food insecurity and vulnerability due to climatic risks like droughts, floods and rising temperatures, coupled with environmental degradation and water scarcity. Heightened insecurity and the spillage of conflicts from neighboring countries into Niger exacerbate these issues, leading to forced displacements. A total of 3.3 million people are acutely food insecure.

To address these challenges, WFP Niger in collaboration with the WFP Innovation Accelerator is launching a call for applications for innovative solutions supporting the Energy for Food Security programme. This initiative aims to identify and scale cost-effective and sustainable energy solutions for cooking and agricultural practices across crisis-affected and stable regions of Niger.

Who can apply?

We invite global and regional innovators, entrepreneurs and organizations to contribute impactful and fit-for-purpose solutions that can enhance energy access in vulnerable areas, fostering improved livelihoods and resilience. 

For this innovation challenge, WFP Niger is looking for both low- and high-tech solutions specifically tailored to strengthen local food systems through the provision of clean cooking and productive uses of energy. We aim to identify and support innovations from around the world that can effectively address these challenges and are operational or able to be implemented in Niger. The three innovation thematic areas are listed below. For more information, refer to the call for applications.
  • Energizing Homes in Displacement Settings
  • Energizing School Meals
  • Energizing Farmer Organizations

Awards or Benefits

Each selected team:

  • will have the opportunity to take part in the WFP sprint programme, a six-month acceleration programme combined with piloting, business training and mentoring;
  • will receive up to US$250,000 conditional funding* towards project implementation. The specific amount will be determined based on the maturity stage of the solution and the three thematic areas listed below.
  • will receive ongoing operational support from WFP Niger during piloting;
  • may qualify for further support and fundraising opportunities in the future.

*Please note that the final shortlisted teams will be required to go through the WFP vendor registration and procurement process before funding disbursement.

Main Organizers or Sponsors

World Food Program