Olam International, a leading global agri-business, has partnered the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Solve (MIT Solve) to design a Challenge
aimed at addressing the issues around sustainable food systems in Nigeria. Olam
International and MIT Solve co-hosted a Challenge Design Workshop which held at
Eko Hotel, Lagos, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
‘MIT Solve is a hybrid business incubator and business ideas
marketplace from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that advances
solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address pressing global issues. MIT Solve
connects innovators with resources such as expertise, human capital,
technology, and funding’.
The workshop was designed to engage cross-sector stakeholders in
Nigeria, to deliberate on issues affecting the country’s agri-business
ecosystem and aid MIT in designing Solve’s 2020 Global Challenges. The event
was also aimed at building connections amongst individuals and organizations
with an interest in innovation, to address social and environmental challenges.
Addressing the audience on the rationale behind the event, Mukul
Mathur, Country Head, Olam Nigeria said: “Olam started as a single-man, single
product operation in Nigeria and we have managed to achieve massive growth over
a 30-year period. However, we still face problems and we cannot fix these
challenges alone. We realize the value of having an ecosystem which can help in
proffering solutions, especially around sustainable food systems in Nigeria. It
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