Third edition of international Award for Innovative Ideas and Technologies launched
Contest aims to select best technologies and most innovative sustainable solutions applicable to agriculture and agro-industry sectors worldwide.
Organised by the Italian Investment and Technology Promotion Office of the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO ITPO) and the Future Food Institute of Bologna, the International Award for Innovative Ideas and Technologies in Agribusiness aims to select the best technologies and most innovative and sustainable solutions worldwide applicable to agriculture and agro-industry sectors that could lead to social and economic improvement of developing countries.
“The countries we address provide interesting market opportunities and this award is part of our inclusive and sustainable industrial development strategy”, said Diana Battaggia, head of UNIDO ITPO Italy.
UNIDO ITO is teaming up for this year’s Award with the Future Food Institute of Bologna, which promotes innovation in the field of nutrition. The contest is open to startups and companies, researchers and universities, research and technology transfer centres, associations and NGOs across the world. Applications must be submitted by March 31st, 2019 through the dedicated website www.unido.it/award2019
The proposals will be evaluated by a jury composed of experts from agricultural, business and institutional sectors representing, among others, the FFI, the CNR – National Research Council and Azimut.
There will be seven categories within the awards, including one for women, one for those aged under 35 years, a category focusing on the connection between food, climate change and biodiversity and a special mention for any project that is potentially innovative for the future of agribusiness in relation to developing countries.
UNIDO ITPO Italy will offer a package of services to the winners to help them implement their winning proposals.
The award ceremony will take place on 15 May 2019 in Rome as part of EXCO 2019, the global expo dedicated to national and international cooperation.