Global Innovation Platform

Agritech Challenge 2021

Applications now closed.

About the Agritech Challenge 2021

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog (Govt. of India); Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Rabo Foundation; International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); and Bayer, is launching an innovation platform to enable cross-border exchange of innovations, insights and investments.

The first initiative of the Platform is the Agritech Challenge (‘Programme’), with a focus on improving financial health of smallholder farmers. The Programme will support agritech and agri-fintech startups to expand to international markets, across Kenya, Malawi, Uganda & Zambia in Africa, and Malaysia, India & Indonesia in Asia.

The selected participants will get access to industry, investor & market linkages, along with mentorship from sector experts to help them build and test their solution in their chosen international market, with subsequent support on scaling the solution as well.

Call for Participation

Applications are invited from participants that meet the following eligibility criteria:

The applicant must address at least one of the following three identified challenge areas in their chosen international market.

Participation Benefits

Participating Countries

Evaluation Criteria

All eligible applicants will be evaluated against the following criteria:

The Program Journey

Insights and Resources

Launch of the Agritech Challenge
and Innovation Platform

Building Global Bridges in Agritech:
Insights from Bayer, IFAD, Omnivore, Rabobank and ThinkAg

Global Agritech Landscape:
Arnab Das, Head
Smallholder Farming APAC
Bayer Crop Science

Malaysian Agritech Landscape:
Puan Khadijah Iskandar
Covering President / CEO
Agrobank Malaysia

East African Agritech Landscape:
Insights from AGRA, IFAD, One Acre Fund, Open Capital and Stanbic Bank

Indonesia Agritech Landscape:
Insights from Bank BRI Agro, Bayer Crop Science, PISAgro and SecureFood


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