Food Connection Challenge 2018

Innovative ideas for reducing post-harvest losses in Nigeria and Benin


May 20
Jun 3 - Dec 31, 2018
Food Connection Challenge Competition Organizer
Arthur van Schendelstraat 500, Utrecht, Netherlands
Benin, Nigeria
Agribusiness, Agritech

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Are you an SME in Nigeria or Benin, active in the agri & food sector and struggling with issues related to storing, processing, cleaning, grading, handling or transporting of (processed) agricultural products?

Join the Food Connection Challenge!

In 2018, the Food Connection Challenge calls upon SMEs in Nigeria and Benin to submit their innovative ideas to reduce post – harvest losses. You will benefit from workshops, training sessions, innovation jams and remote coaching to improve your ideas and turn them into a business plan that is ready to be implemented. The best plans will be pitched at a final event. If you win you will receive matching funding from the Postharvest Network to realize your plans, up to a maximum of €20,000.

Ready for the challenge?

  •  From April 9th – May 18 th 2018: Register online
  • June: Selection of participants by an independent committee
  • July: Participants receive a 3 – day business training
  • September: 1 – day innovation session to improve business cases
  • September / October: Participants work on their ideas through (remote) coaching
  • November / December: Participants receive a pitch training
  • December: The grand finale, where participants present their ideas and winners are selected

Additional Resources


The Food Connection Challenge is an initiative of BoP Innovation Center and Crosswise Works. Two separate challenges take place simultaneously in Nigeria and Benin. For more information on the challenge in Nigeria, contact Alexander Bongers (, and for the challenge in Benin, contact Sedjro Mensah (

To learn more about our previous Food Connection Challenge in Ghana, please click here.



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Ahimel Sarl
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Afririce Agrobusiness
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Smiley’z Mobile Kitchen
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Soupah Limited
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Fourteen farms
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Ojoro Kitchen Limited
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Peachwater Consulting
Affordable Clean Cooking Solutions
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Ndulue farms and fisheries
Breeding, production and distribution of catfishes of all sizes
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Kasa integrated farms
Integrated crop production
Nigeria Agribusiness