MAURITANIA – CANARIAS

Business ideas to solve common challenges to the Canary Islands and Africa in the AgriTech sector

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SECOND EDITION OF THE AFRICA CANARY CHALLENGE – 2022

To generate new changemakers working in teams to create a positive impact in their communities.

To co-create business models/social enterprises to address social challenges in Senegal and/or the Canary Islands related to the promotion of the post-covid economy.

Mauritania – Canarias

In this 2022 edition, the program was focused on entrepreneurs (or profiles with motivation about entreprenuership) who live in Mauritania and the Canary Islands. In total, there were up to 29 final participants, who worked in multicultural teams to create innovative technology-based solutions that responded to challenges identified in the agricultural sector of both territories.
The best ideas continue to receive support to obtain funding and turn into real business projects.

Resumen de la edición 2022

Total participants

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Winning projects

1st Winner – THYPHINITY

Typhinity has been born during the ACC Program as a response to the challenge: The valuation of invasive species in an organic resource for the improvement of agricultural soils. The project focuses firstly on the agricultural city of Mauritania, Rosso. The idea serves a double purpose. On one hand, it will help to keep under control the proliferation of the typha. On the other hand, it will be transformed into an organic product that will help farmers to improve the soil and reduce to a minimum the use of chemical fertilizers. The strategy will be the creation of compost with the typha, to be used on the agricultural fields of Trarza region.

2nd Winner – SMART CAVE

In the region of Trarza in the southern part of Mauritania, an area highly dependent on the agriculture, it is expected that the climate change will worsen the already difficult conditions, with for example, an increase in heat waves, with increased peak temperature and longer duration; floods are also expected to be more severe, as well as droughts and even plagues. This disruptive climate impact may transform into social unrest if it affected the local food production.In order to mitigate these effects on agriculture, this project focuses on the short to midterm storage of fruits and vegetables, right where the food is produced. Farmers face a challenge when lacking the right infrastructure to store their harvest, against bad weather conditions, pests, animals or even robberies. The project’s solution, Smart Cave, is based on the principles of low tech, low energy, low environmental impact with two main components which are an underground storage and a natural cooling system.

3rd Winner – SOIL LAB

The agricultural sector’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell from an average of 28.6% in 1991 to 20.2% in 2020. Agriculture plays a very important role in the national economy and in maintaining rural livelihoods and food security. The 30% of imports in Mauritania are food. On the other hand, the food exports are decreasing. Mauritania identifies only 2.2 million hectares (2%) of arable agricultural land. Even this 2% tends to degrade due to: i) Soil degradation; ii) Climate change; iii) Population pressure.
This project, SOIL-LAB offers a full soil testing service for Mauritanian farmers. Helping producers to better know their land and to better determine their needs for an effective and efficient production.

Organización Edición 2022

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Memoria año 2022 Mauritania

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Africa Canarias Challenge

The Africa Canarias Challenge (ACC) is a social innovation program, sponsored by the General Directorate for Economic Affairs with Africa of the Government of the Canary Islands, that brings together young people from different countries to respond to common challenges existing in their communities through the co-creation of impactful solutions.