BRIDGING THE GAPS

ORIBI, Wakanda and the Southern Africa Food Lab have co-developed an entrepreneurship and rapid innovation challenge to eradicate risks of accelerated food insecurity in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, in 21 days!

#BridgingTheGaps

 21 days to rethink the food system

A team effort to co-create sustainable and disruptive non-healthcare & food solutions facing the COVID-19 crisis. A challenge to bring collective thinking and the power of technology to drive, develop and fast track innovations that ensure people have enough food on the table – today and tomorrow.

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The winners

Among 90 participants and 15 final projects submitted, our 2 winners of #BridgingTheGaps are Food Flow ZA and Order Kasi. Have a look at their achievements:

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Food Flow was launched to face the food crisis in the COVID 19 context, by supporting small-scale farmers who had lost their restaurant clientele and communities where school feeding schemes had just closed. They purchase vegetables and food products directly from small-scale farmers using donor funding and redistribute them to the local communities. 

Beneficiary communities

30

Farmers supported

250

R1M

Raised through donation

and Paid out to farmers

19

Job created

15%

Of sales goes to the driver

R350

Average income/day

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Order Kasi is the township restaurants’ delivery app. It has shifted to a multi-purpose delivery company for informal areas during the lockdown.

Working with different partners in the informal sector by handling the logistics for their deliveries, their network assist from restaurants and farmers to the final customers customers.

Check our webinars

All along the challenge, the participants had access to mentorship sessions, online debates, case studies and webinars. Watch them again for free here:

  •  Webinar #1 - How can collective action unlock solutions  for the SA food System in the context of the COVID-19 crisis?

  •  Webinar #2 - How can food businesses adapt to emerging consumers' behaviours, in the context of the COVID-19 crisis?

  •  Webinar #3 - Food system: How can we activate solutions  and effectively reach out to consumers after the lockdown?

  •  Webinar #4 - Food Talk: Focus on two successful social businesses

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Established in 2009 as part of the University of Stellenbosch, the Southern Africa Food Lab promotes creative responses to the problem of hunger through multistakeholder dialogue and action.

Wakanda « Food Forever » is a leader in disrupting the food industry by ushering in a new age of food creatives faced with unemployment, lack of education and infrastructure as barriers into the food industry.

What's next?

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