August 21st 2017

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IREN Kenya, USAid to give Sh3 million to three best post-harvest tech innovators

IREN is calling for innovators from East Africa to enter for the competition, from which 25 participants will be given the opportunity to showcase their innovations to a global audience of development partners and investors.

By Joshua Mwangangijmwangangi@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 08 Feb 2017 12:15 EAT

L-R Bridget A.O. Okumu ,Sector Specialist -Agriculture USAID Contractor, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub,Mary Onsongo- Program Management Specialist USAID KENYA and East Africa office of Regional Integration and James Shikwati CEO Inter Regional Economic Network (IREN) compare notes during the launch of the first East Africa Post Harvest Technologies Competition 2017 call for Entries.

Young Kenyans who can innovate solutions to post harvest crop protection stand to win up to Sh3 million under a new partnership supported by the US government. The competition is being run by the Inter Regional Network, an NGO, in conjuction with the USAid and other partners, and it aims to reduce food loss and waste to improve food nutrition and security.

IREN is calling for innovators from East Africa to enter for the competition, from which 25 participants will be given the opportunity to shocase their innovations to a global audience of development partners and investors. The top three contestants will share USD30,000 (more than Sh3 million) to be shared on a formula to be determined during the awards.

“Finding innovative solutions to complex development challenges is paramount to USAID’s mission. The East Africa Post Harvest Technologies Competition 2017 supports locally driven solutions for greater East African food security. We are proud to be the sponsors of this competition,” said USAID Mission Director for Kenya and East Africa Karen Freeman.

The competition will be held on May, and application forms, guidelines and awards information are available on the completion website, www.younginnovatorsinagribusiness.com or email profiles to yiac@irenkenya.com

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