Ghana Startup Likabs Food, Finalist for Thought for Food Global Challenge 2018

The startup was selected as finalist for the Thought for Food Global Challenge 2018 and will pitch for an opportunity to win up to $25,000 in grant funding at the TFF Global Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July 2018.

The company breed snails through farmers, processes and packages snail products for distribution therefore providing farmers an alternative income stream and improving nutritional access.

This year 800 teams from 160 countries participated, the Finalists were evaluated based on their potential for positive social and environmental impact, as well as the scientific and business feasibility of their ideas.

The 10 successful finalist hails from Ghana, Nigeria, Australia, Brazil, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The annual Thought for Food (TFF) Challenge is a global “collaborative competition” to launch promising new ideas that address how we will feed and nourish our growing global population. To date, TFF has catalyzed the creation of 40 new social-impact startups in key areas like nutrition, synthetic biology, vertical farming, logistics, new proteins, big data and appropriate tech for smallholders.

Meet the 10 Finalist Teams of the 2018 TFF Challenge:

AEROPOWDER (UK) – A biodegradable replacement for polystyrene used in food packaging made from the poultry industry’s surplus feathers.

Coating+ (Nigeria) – A safe coating for plants and vegetables that extends their shelf life, preserves nutrient quality and enables post-harvest food storage.

Group Nutricandies (Brazil) – A vegetable-based, highly-nutritious, chocolate-flavored food product that is sourced from smallholder farmers.

IoT Water Control Management (Jordan and Brazil) – A water quality monitoring system specifically developed for refugee camps and areas with limited water access.

Laticin (Brazil) – An artificial intelligence-based software for dairy management, designed to optimize the entire value chain through predictive analytics.

Likabs Food (Ghana) – A franchise-based model that empowers smallholder farmers to safely farm snails, providing an alternative income stream and improving nutritional access.

RiseHarvest (Australia) – A digital extension service that provides site-specific nitrogen fertilizer recommendations for smallholder farmers in Southeast Asia.

Safi Sarvi (Kenya and USA) – A village-level fertilizer production system that delivers local access to high-quality fertilizer.

SunRice (Malaysia and UK) – A passive-solar grain drying service with guaranteed market purchases for the subsequently higher-value grain.

Sweetpot Yoghurt (Ghana) – Yogurt that is naturally-fortified with vitamin A and dietary fibers from nutritious orange sweet potatoes.

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