Want to be part of our Food Hackathon?


A large number of (international) NGOs is working on food-related support solutions parallel to each other. It’s noticed that often they lack coordination and partnerships within a specific region. This has led to multiple similar solutions for the same problems that might not always reach the end-users in an optimal way. Therefore, The Spindle (the innovation platform of Partos) is inviting NGOs and CBOs that offer this specific support and see how tools and projects can be connected better and subsequently reach more people within the defined target groups. Read below how you can be part of this brand-new project to a certain (smaller or larger!) extent.

Why this Food Hackathon?

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, African countries may face new food-related issues. With worldwide corona measures and financial challenges, together with climate change, Africa is predicted to face a huge hunger situation. This has led priorities to change and international relations have shifted. Combining this with the fact that a diversity of NGOs is already engaged in solving (locally-led) food challenges without cooperation, it’s time to join forces!

How will we tackle these issues?

This Food Hackathon is a try-out for a locally-led/#ShiftThePower way of working. Together with all actors involved and a group of digital experts, we will be working on a case study. This case will be about two regions in Uganda: Lira and Jinja, where we will work with two well-connected people who both live in these regions. In this bottom-up process, we will consult with four different groups in the following order:


  • Two so-called LinkingPins; two people who both live in the case study regions. These people are part of the local communities and work together with both farmers and consumers. We have already started having conversations with these LinkingPins last week to identify five key food challenges within the regions of Lira and Jinja.
  • Together with Ugandan NGOs and CBOs that work in the Lira and/or Jinja region, we want to map the different kinds of supporting tools that are currently available in both regions for farmers and/or consumers.
  • Together with Partos members that partner with these Ugandan organisations, we want to map the possible challenges that could arise when plugging in the different supporting tools and projects. Another aim is to analyse the potential threats for cooperation and coordination.

    Call to action: Are you a member of Partos working with (an) Ugandan partner(s) in Lira and/or Jinja region on food-related solutions? Please let us know by filling out this short survey and we’ll get back to you very soon!

  • During a preparation session, digital experts will have time to brainstorm for possible solutions to the five key problems (identified by the LinkingPins) and to formulate questions on which they need answers from the Ugandan NGOs and CBOs. During the eventual Food Hackathon, these digital experts will work together on combining the different available tools and other forms of support that were mapped in the process. Hopefully, this group can create a combined, context-tailored support tool that can actually be used in these regions.

    Call to action: Are you a digital expert (working at an NGO, tech company/start-up or any other relevant organisation or company) that gets motivated and excited to work on these topics? Would you like to join this preparation session for more information and eventually join the Food hackathon itself? Please contact Margreet van der Pijl (margreet@partos.nl) for more information!

Timeline of this project

  • 27th of August | 14:30-16:30 | Consultation session with two LinkingPins
  • 17th of September | 13:00-15:00 | Preparation session with digital experts
  • 22nd of September | 13:00-16:00 | Consultation session with Ugandan NGOs and CBOs
  • 29th of September | 13:00-16:00 | Consultation session with Partos members that partner with Ugandan NGOs and CBOs
  • 6th of October | 09:00-18:00 | Food Hackathon


If you have any questions or if you would like to have more information about this project, don’t hesitate to contact Margreet van der Pijl (margreet@remove-this.partos.nl).