Food System Challenge: Second Cycle Launch

Posted on March 2, 2022

Berytech and the World Food Programme (WFP) will be providing selected SMEs with a transformational journey package including tailored business development services, technical and financial support, and milestone-based financial prizes.”

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Berytech and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched the second cycle of The Food System Challenge to improve food security and increase resilience in the food system in Lebanon through business support, technical assistance, cash grants, and support packages to SMEs to enable their ideas and roll-out or scale their impactful food system solution.

The Food System Challenge is implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) and Berytech through support from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

About the Project

The project has already covered the first cycle where ten SMEs were selected to undergo a transformational journey. In the second cycle, the World Food Programme and Berytech will be providing ten SMEs with tailored business development services and technical support. The package will also contain cash grants and milestone-based financial prizes from WFP.

Similar to the previous cycle, applicants need to submit an online concept note to present their solution tackling the major challenges related to access to energy, access to raw material, import substitution, pricing, and skill and employee retention and development. The top 20 applicants selected through a competitive shortlisting process will move to the second phase and present their full proposals. A selection committee will evaluate the proposals and select 10 winning solutions.

Who Can Apply   

Businesses with solutions that are feasible, innovative, scalable and impactful with a solid project addressing challenges related to access to energy, access to raw materials and import substitutions being operating within the following food system streams: production, transformation, marketing, and consumption, such as input suppliers, registered farmer organizations, agriculture and agri-food cooperatives, storage centers, processors, distributors. 

Interested applicants can find more information and apply on this link.