GAIA call for agricultural technology innovations Mar 9, 2017 Today is the last day to apply for the 2017 AWARD AgTech Innovation Challenge for West and North Africa. Institutions or enterprises interested in applying may do so by submitting the online application form. Gender Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA), a program launched by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), is accepting applications from institutions with ideas that could transform agriculture in West or North Africa. With the United Nations assessing a cost of $95 billion for the African continent due to gender inequality, GAIA focuses on using agricultural innovation to bridge gender gaps. The 2017 AgTech Innovation Challenge is an opportunity to collect ideas and further to connect entrepreneurs to investors, scientists, and other partners in the agricultural sector. Winners of this challenge will be announced on March 13, and will be awarded the ability to participate in a GAIA two-day boot camp that ends with an opportunity to showcase ideas to potential investors and other key partners. Institutions from the following countries are eligible to apply: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia. Click here for more information about AWARD and GAIA.