Rome, Italy - May 15, 2019
In addition to the UNIDO Director General, the event was also attended by FAO, PRIMA, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, and ICE – Italian Trade Agency
Rome, May 15th 2019. As part of the opening day of the 3-day EXCO 2019 – the first international Development Cooperation fair – UNIDO ITPO Italy awarded the 8 winners of the 3rd edition of its International Award "Innovative Ideas and Technologies in Agribusiness", organized in collaboration with the Future Food Institute, and under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The ceremony started with the opening remarks by UNIDO’s Director General, Li Yong, who, on the sidelines of the event, held a bilateral meeting with the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re.
The winners have been awarded on the basis of different categories, including: women, young under 35, nexus between food and climate change, biodiversity and disruptive innovation.
This year, the award registered an outstanding success, gathering 440 applications from over 100 countries and 5 continents, strengthening its role as a link between innovation, sustainability and agribusiness in favor of challenges faced by developing countries in this sector.
The proposals received, evaluated by an ad hoc jury which, among the others, included the CNR – National Research Council, Azimut, PRIMA Foundation, and the University of Wageningen, came from startups, universities, incubators, research and technology transfer centers, associations and NGOs, innovators and agro entrepreneurs, covering a wide variety of sectors, from hydroponics to the valorization of traditional crops, from post-harvest treatments to blockchain.
At the end of the selection process, the jury selected the following projects:
The award ceremony took place within the “Agribusiness Innovation & Developing Countries” event and was also characterized by the statement, among others, of UNIDO ITPO Italy director, Diana Battaggia, as well as important representatives of FAO, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, ICE – Italian Trade Agency, Azimut and PRIMA Foundation, sponsors of the International Award.
More information on www.unido.it/award2019