Global Innovation Platform

Agritech Challenge 2021

(Challenge Completed)

Related 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

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.

Agritech Challenge Cohort 2021

Call for Participation

Applications were invited from participants that met 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

The qualified applicants were evaluated by a global jury, comprising industry, banking and ecosystem leaders, against the following criteria:

The Program Journey


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