Open innovation challenge to address water crisis
Advantage Austria, the Technology Innovation Agency, Silicon Cape and RIIS are running an Open Innovation Challenge looking for innovative solutions in the area of agricultural water conservation and irrigation. All of the information is available on www.agriwater.org.za. Please note that the submission closing date is 15 March 2018.
The WC Agriculture Department estimates a negative socio-economic effect of the drought, with as many as 50,000 seasonal workers being jobless due to the financial strain on farming. More than 50% of SA’s agricultural exports move through the WC, with the European Union (EU) being one of the biggest export destinations. Thus, the impact on industry results not just in commercial implications, but also have very real social consequences for the thousands of people that will be affected by a loss of employment opportunities.