Posted on December 1, 2020
The Future Agro Challenge in joint collaboration with Berytech, launched the Impact Maker Program – an exciting new program aiming at supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the agriculture and food sectors, with agripreneurs and farmers firmly placed at the forefront of the work being done.
The Future Agro Challenge (FAC) Impact Maker Program focuses specifically in the agri-food innovation sector and aims to empower and strengthen the capacities of Impact Makers [incubators, accelerators, NGOs, for profit enterprises, and other organizations] to help better achieve employment generation, socio-economic development and community development through further collaboration. The program offers training for Impact Makers who work diligently in each respective country to build an agri-food innovation ecosystem aiming to empower Agripreneur success.
In this first edition, eight different Impact Makers from seven different countries from North Africa and the Levant Region joined the program, including IACE- Tunisia, Global Entrepreneurship Network – Algeria, Agri Business Accelerator – Palestine, Hassad – Jordan, Sekem Development Foundation – Egypt, Impact Lab – Morocco, GESR – Egypt and MSELECT-Orange Corners Erbil – Iraq.
During the program, the ecosystem builders will be attending sessions led by international experts to build the synergy between the different Impact Makers and covering different subjects such as: effective fundraising techniques, stakeholder mapping and engagement, successful storytelling practices, effective tools and criteria used for a selection of the most viable agri-food entrepreneurs, effective techniques for coaching agri-food entrepreneurs, based on real life case studies.
The Future Agro Challenge (FAC) Impact Maker Program for the MENA region program is created through a joint collaboration between Future Agro Challenge and Berytech and funded by the SANAD fundtechnical assistance program, managed by Finance In Motion.
Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy General Manager at Berytech commented, “the program was designed with the following in mind: collaboration is key. When talking about Innovation Ecosystems in MENA, we tend to operate as islands, and this impacts knowledge transfer and cross border collaboration. Through this program we aim to connect Impact Makers with key stakeholders, through discussion and debates to co-create how we want to share the future of the agri-food sector. We will do this by creating the right environment, for youth, women and men to innovate and impact the sector, keeping sustainability, food security and prosperity in mind, using, science, tech and engineering as the driver in a smarter, and thriving sector.”
In addition, Joey Ghanem, Communication and Outreach Manager at Berytech added, “The FAC Impact Maker Program is allowing ecosystem builders to work hand in hand to better support agri-food startups in the region, creating a nurturing environment and network. Such a program will help improve and push forward innovation regionally to be competitive globally. The environment created through this program, having Impact Makers from all over the region meeting on a weekly basis, will help push the sector forward while enhancing the visibility of the ecosystem builders not only on a country level but on a regional level as well.”
The FAC Impact Maker Program is expanding across the globe into other regions to help the Impact Makers establish an impactful agri-food innovation program tailor-made to their communities’ farming and food industry challenges and needs.
To sign up for the next cohort or interested to learn more – please email your interest to email@example.com.