Fall armyworm (FAW) poses a serious threat to Africa’s food security. FAW eats the vegetative as well as thereproductive parts of plants, rendering further crop growth impossible. The prize is seeking digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa.This prize is focused on sourcing and sparking innovations for African smallholder farmers and those that work with them.

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CLOSEDMay 14, 2018Deadline
$50,000 - $150,000Amount
Criteria: LabelCriteria: DescriptionNumberAmount Per Prize
Prize CategoryGrand Prize1$150,000
Prize CateorySignificant Awards2$75,000
Prize CategoryEarly Stage Developments2$50,000

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 2: Research & Development and Stage 3: Proof of Concept
Implemented In:
Focus AreasAgriculture and Technology
Though the call is global and solvers can come from all over the world, the solutions will be tested and applied in field contexts in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prototyping Skills: Applicants need to ensure they have the capacity to adapt their existing solution to address FAW, or, to develop a prototype of the solution within the prize time frame. Limited support will be provided to help achieve this, but applicants must be able to develop and test prototypes during the course of the prize, if selected.

Other Requirements

Management TeamWe are open to solutions from individuals, groups, organizations and companies globally, particularly local innovators from sub-Saharan Africa. As part of USAID’s ongoing commitment to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, we particularly encourage competing teams that involve women in all steps of your tool or approach’s formulation, management, and execution.
OtherWillingness to Learn: All entrants need to demonstrate a willingness to share their experiences and learning to help establish a body of knowledge that can bring about a sustained change in smallholder farmer outreach, awareness, and action with respect to digital tools and plant health, as well as pest and disease management.

USAID Responsibility:USAID will conduct a responsibility determination prior to award, to ensure that award to the organization meets applicable U.S. laws, including regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury. For more information, see the OFAC website: http://www.ustreas.gov/ofac, including the list of Specially Designated Nationals.

Application Directions

Apply to the prize through the online platform: link here

Application And Awards Process

Call for Submissions - Entry Period
-For more information about the entry process, see theInnovators Handbook,Judging Criteria,Eligibility CriteriaandTerms and Conditions
-The prize will publicize any other Question and Answer opportunities on the platform.
-The prizerecommend entrants read theFAQsbefore entering the prize.
-Submissions received after the deadline date and time listed above may not be considered.
All eligible submissions will be assessed and judged to reach a decision on the 20 finalists
Submissions received after the deadline date and time listed above may not be considered.
All eligible submissions will be assessed and judged to reach a decision on the 20 finalists
Applications must be submitted in English.


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