This year the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN)  in partnership with the Dar es Salaam based Friedrich Naumann Foundation has unveiled its 2018 competition aimed at promoting smart solutions in rural areas to enhance food security.


Dubbed The IREN Technologies and Innovations Challenge 2018 (ITIC-2018) the competition offers participants including: Techpreneurs, agritech companies, business leaders, investors, technologist and innovators an opportunity to join others in driving technologies and innovation towards agribusiness and food security.

This will be achieved through strategic accelerated trainings in the 14 Lake Region counties where participants will be divided into solution hubs followed by an opportunity to showcase the technologies and innovations at the ITIC-2018 Expo in November 2018.

Interested farmers cooperatives, financiers, NGOs, Educational institutions, county and national government agencies as well as organizations keen on developing and showcasing smart solutions are welcome to apply as partners on


Young innovators in Agribusiness


The USAID – supported East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Syngenta and the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN), began the Young Innovators in Agribusiness initiative with an overall goal of enabling participating youth owned start – ups and SMEs to stimulate sustainable enterprises that attract potential investors and stakeholders through competition.

Every year IREN Kenya launches a competition with an aim of addressing a specific socio-economic problem in the East Africa region. Previous competitions include:

2014 Agribiz4Africa Business Competition : aimed at generating creative ideas and messages that can attract young people to productively venture into agricltural value chains.

The Young Innovators in Agribusiness 2015/16 : aimed at enabling East Africa and Ethiopia, Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar youth-owned start-ups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to generate creative ideas that can attract potential investors and stakeholders.

The East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 :  meant to address postharvest challenges in food staples consisting of grains and pulses; perishable fruits and vegetables; perishable livestock products; postharvest labour enhancing technologies(including winnowing and shelling); and postharvest ICT Solutions.



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