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Capricorn Foundation Food Waste Challenge reminder

Food Waste.jpgOn 13 July 2022, the Capricorn Foundation officially launched its Food Waste Challenge calling on innovative solutions from the public to reduce food waste in Namibia, and with the deadline slowly approaching, the foundation wishes to remind the public to submit proposals before or on Friday, 12 August 2022.

The Food Waste Challenge is based on an open innovation platform, offering N$100 000 for the winning solution. The Capricorn Foundation seeks ideas as a written proposal for reducing food waste in Namibia. It will create new possibilities in addressing the basic need of food security for the most vulnerable people in Namibia and positively impact society to improve the quality of life of many Namibians. The proposal will be evaluated on a theoretical basis through an expert panel.

Should you wish to apply, please ensure that your proposed solution meets the specific requirements and is justified with arguments and relevant references.

Who can enter? This challenge is open and offered to:

  1. Individual participants - an individual aged sixteen (16) years or older at the time of registration.

  2. Team Participants - teams consisting of up to five (5) individuals aged sixteen (16) years or older at the time of registration.

  3. Business Entity Participants - legal business entities.

Food Waste 3.jpgHow do you enter and submit your idea?

  • Participants can visit, to find general information on the Challenge. They can then proceed to sign up and register first, by clicking the “Sign Up" button on the web page, and then accurately and truthfully complete the online registration form, accept the Terms and Conditions, and click the “Submit" button to get started. Participants will receive an email to confirm their registration.

What kind of ideas and solutions are we looking for?

The Capricorn Foundation seeks new possibilities that will provide original and impactful solutions for any part of the total value chain from collecting food waste from Sources, verifying suitability for human consumption, and distributing the food to Receivers/Distributors, where it can be further used or distributed to Beneficiaries. The solutions must lead to more food, which would have otherwise been wasted, to reach the vulnerable communities.

How will ideas be judged?

All entries that meet the eligibility criteria for the challenge and do not otherwise violate any terms and conditions, will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Relevance - Does the idea address the stated challenge? Will the idea effectively lead to more food – that would have been wasted otherwise – reaching more vulnerable people in Namibia.

  • Level of Innovation - Novelty or newness of the proposed solution. How bold and fresh is the idea? Is it a game-changer?

  • Feasibility (practicality) of the proposed solution - High possibility of implementation considering risks and costs. Technical and economic feasibility will also be considered.

  • Impact and Benefits - The proposed solution's potential to generate exponential benefits to a​ddress the issue of Food Waste in Namibia.

  • Scalability - Likelihood and impact of scalability of the proposed solution.

  • Sustainability - Likelihood of sustainability of the proposed solution.

  • Inspiring - Will the solution inspire people to address the problem of food waste in Namibia?

Visit, to enter and view the terms and conditions. Enquiries can be directed to Rikus Grobler, Manager: Innovation, of Capricorn Group at Do not miss this opportunity to share your winning idea.

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