In the United Arab Emirates, there is a strong commitment towards global innovation which, we believe, can be realized through the creation of an unprecedented, universally accessible platform that empowers and encourages ‘makers’ to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. By solving these issues, we enable more people to aspire for a promising future that builds on a path towards lasting prosperity, reflecting the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity is an initiative that brings together the world’s leading manufacturers, innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs, governments and NGOs, to form a community dedicated to spreading global prosperity through the art of ‘making’ – making the things our world needs inclusively and sustainably. The initiative combines an annual award with ongoing innovation challenges that contribute to global good in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically recognizing notable and novel achievements, as well as innovative solutions that have contributed towards global prosperity whilst fostering the values of resilience, community, harmony and dignity.
Chowberry on invitation by MIT Solve contributed in the selection of the finalists and winning project in the challenge category of Sustainable and Healthy Food for All of the Mohammed Bin Rasheed Initiative for Prosperity.
On November 2, 2019, the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity launched the Sustainable and Healthy Food for all Challenge around the question: How can urban populations increase access to healthy and sustainable foods, despite rapid urbanization?
The rapid pace of urbanization has dramatically shifted how we approach food systems globally. In 1900, only two percent of the world’s population lived in urban areas. Today, it is over half of the global population, and over the next 30 years, that proportion is expected to increase to about two thirds. While cities offer great potential for economic, cultural, and societal development, cities in particular face a host of challenges in sustainably feeding their communities, including lengthy supply chains, inadequate infrastructure and waste management systems, and less opportunities for households to produce their own food.By 2050, global food systems will need to sustainably and nutritiously feed nearly 10 billion people, and 80 percent of the world’s food will be consumed within urban areas. The challenge to ensure that everyone in the world can feed themselves has become intertwined with concerns around which foods we are consuming, where we are eating them, and how they are grown, processed, and delivered. Further, as food systems contribute to the increasing incidences of non-communicable and food-borne diseases and represent one of the world’s largest employers and primary drivers of climate change, these issues have far-reaching consequences on people’s nutrition and health, the potential to create viable jobs and livelihoods, and the future sustainability of our planet.
The selection criteria was guided by:
- Alignment: The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth.
- Potential for Impact: The planned implementation of the solution has the potential to impact lives.
- Scalability: The solution can be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people.
- Innovative Approach: This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, a new business model, or a new process for solving the challenge.
- Feasibility: It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustaining itself financially.
The Winning project in the Sustainable and Healthy Food For All is ColdHubs, a solar driven cold storage chain from Nigeria that keeps food fresh reducing waste and extending the shelp-life of perishable food.
Read more details on the Mohammed Bin Rasheed Initiative for Prosperity on their website