Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are one of the critical actors towards the accessibility, affordability, and availability of nutritious food in Ethiopia . They can serve as strong impetus for harnessing innovative solutions that address local food system constraints. The upcoming UN Food Systems Summit later in the year serves as a motivation for building back stronger food systems. Not only do SMEs occupy critical positions along agri-food value chains as input suppliers, off-takers, processors, distributors, or retailers at the global level but also feed an expansive majority of individuals who purchase their food in the open market.
Despite the vital role they play, they face barriers to accessing finances, mentorship thus fail to develop to their full potential and scaling up market-based solutions that can improve consumption of safe and nutritious foods. It is against this backdrop that Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) Ethiopia in collaboration with key partners, will organise the 2021 Ethiopia Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Pitch Competition under the theme Scale Up, Boost Your Business.
The focus of the Ethiopia SUN Pitch Competition will be to identify innovative nutrition sensitive SMEs that can provide scalable, inspiring, disruptive and investable solutions to the following food system innovation challenges.
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Food Design Innovations
How can your business offer a unique solution to develop or introduce new, affordable and nutritious food products for local vulnerable populations?
Post-harvest Loss Reduction Innovations
How can your business offer a unique solution to reduce post-harvest loss along the supply chain and ensure the retention of nutrients in nutritious food?
Market Connectivity Innovations
How can your business offer unique solutions to improve the linkage between the supply, demand and distribution of affordable nutritious foods upto the last mile?
Food Safety Innovations
How can your business offer a unique solution to ensure food safety along the supply chain to improve the local consumption of safe and nutritious foods?
To read about the SBN Principles of engagement, please click here