The EatSafe Innovation Challenge – National Pitch Competition for Ethiopia was hosted on the 1st of September 2022, in its capital city.

Helen Wolde-Michael, one of the five shortlisted finalists who went through the mentoring session, emerged as the victor of the final contest held in Denmark and won $10,000 for her ingenuity.

Helen is an associate professor at Wolkite University in Ethiopia. When USAID-funded ‘Feed the Future Initiative, EatSafe: Evidence and Action towards Safe, Nutritious Food’ launched a call to apply for an innovation challenge in April, she proposed to improve the safety and increase the efficiency of processing ‘Enset’, which is a staple food to about 20 million Ethiopians.

Ten concepts were chosen as finalists in the pitch events held in Nigeria and Ethiopia, five from each. The top three from both countries went through to the finals at the Technical University of Denmark Skylab FoodLab (DTU), Lyngby in October. It is there that Helen triumphed for her design and development of processing equipment and starter cultures that would optimize, standardize and transform ‘Kocho’ (a product of Enset) into a commercial-level product.

The EatSafe Consortium includes the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Pierce Mill Entertainment and Education, and Busara Center for Behavioral Economics.

Source: FBC, Sun Business Network


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