The Food Hackathon
In 2020 Partos organised a Food Hackathon! A project that started with two so-called LinkingPins in Uganda; two people living in the regions of Lira and Jinja. The process started by identifying the support needs of smallholder farmers and existing support of Partos member organisations and by exploring ways to better connect support available in a locally-led way. In several meetings prior to the actual hackathon, the two LinkingPins, together with 10 smallholder farmer groups in their regions, identified 5 key food issues. Two examples are soil degradation and the fact that most farmers grow cash-crops, meaning that there is little food for the farmer communities.
Subsequently, different groups came together at the actual Hackathon day: the LinkingPins, the representatives of the 10 smallholder farmer groups, various digital experts deriving from the Digital 100 and other organisations such as Worth Internet Systems, representatives of the Partos member organisations active in these regions: Woord en Daad, Heifer and Edukans, and two of the Most Inspiring Digital Innovation organisations 2020, namely Ifarm360 and Hydroponic Farms. All of them sharing their expertise and co-creating a way to connect farmers to each other and to support available in their regions. This has led to new collaborations that are still operating at this point and is led by the Linking persons in the two different regions. The group is looking for a way to set up a digital platform run by the smallholder farmer groups connecting the farmers to each other and to available support.
This hackathon, in which we searched for locally-led answers to food-related challenges, was perceived as a great success by the participants. To get a good impression, check out the aftermovie.