COVID 19 has disrupted lives and living. The world as we knew it may not exist anymore. The measures taken to contain the spread of the virus have put stress on the functioning of agricultural value chains and entire food systems, endangering food security.
Can ICT solutions contribute to enhance the resilience of agricultural value chains and markets in a post-Covid era?
This call challenges private sector, academia and development organisations to come up with concrete and practical examples on how ICT solutions can support the development of resilient post-Covid agricultural value chains/market systems that are fairer and more inclusive.
The ASIA AGRI-TECH CHALLENGE powered by the VCB-N wants to trigger innovation in the use of ICT along the value chains and provide successful innovations in their prototyping / testing phase a platform to showcase their products. The challenge functions at the same time as a matchmaking event between developers and providers of innovative ICT solutions and chain actors or supporters looking for ways to improve the chain functioning and making it more resilient and future-proof.
DIGITAL MARKETING INNOVATIONS
Digital solutions for transparent, efficient and inclusive marketing of agricultural products
DIGITAL INNOVATIONS FOR VALUE CHAIN ADVISORY SERVICES
Digital solutions for assuring inclusive access to rural advisory services
DIGITAL INNOVATIONS FOR FINANCIAL & OTHER SUPPLY CHAIN SERVICES
Digital solutions for assuring inclusive access to value chain support services including value chain financial services
3 Grand Champions of 7,000 USD each
3 Champions of 2,000 USD each
3 Runner-ups of 1,000 USD each
Prestigious International Award
Opportunity to promote your innovation and reputation;
Matchmaking sessions with potential partners and clients;
Exposure to state-of-the-art agri-tech innovations.
**Intellectual Property Rights of submitted innovations remain under ownership of the submitting parties, further use of the applications can be part of a matchmaking process between developers and other parties that can be facilitated after the challenge.
In all 3 categories of the Challenge the presented ICT innovations are judged against the following criteria:
Level of innovation / uniqueness;
Level to which it fosters resilience and sustainability;
Level to which it improves chain governance, transparency / fairness and inclusiveness (pro-poor impact);
Feasibility of proposed business model and level to which it does bridge “the last mile”;
Potential for scaling up.
Eligible innovation using IT based solutions can address all parts of the value chain / market system from input supply, production management to consumer marketing. Preferably, the proposed approach covers for an overall (holistic) chain solution. Ideally, the innovations are beyond ideation phase and in their proto-typing or testing phase (beyond Ideation but not yet in full implementation).
Open for Submission
from 15 Nov 2020
to 15 Jan 2021
Open for everyone.
Contestants provide a 2-page concept note describing the innovation, its development stage, result / impact, sustainability and social inclusion, business model and scaling strategy.
Grand Final Candidates Listing
11 Feb 2021
Max 5 contestants selected from each category (15 in total) provide two products including:
A short video presenting the innovation & its use/expected results (5 minutes);
A 30 seconds social-media video pitch of the innovation to be shown at the Challenge Website.
19 Mar 2021
The selected contestants provide a live pitch of 3 minutes to the Judges.
Besides the judging by the dedicated judges, the results of the popular voting for the short (30 seconds) pitches will be taken into account in the final selection of award Winners. The special audience award decided by popular vote will be announced separately.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
If you have an innovation in its proto-typing, testing (or just beyond) phase, we encourage you to participate! We are looking for ready-to-use applications (beyond ideation stage) or innovations that are in their testing or piloting phase and have potential to be scaled.
First, join the Challenge by filling in the form below:
Second, prepare the innovation concept note (about 2 pages) and send to our mailbox before 15 January 2021.
** By registering on the Challenge, you agree to all Terms & Conditions. For further information and support, please email us at
Becoming a sponsor to the Asia Agri-tech Challenge 2020 will provide you with the unique opportunity to:
Further drive the practical application of ICT;
Highlight your companies reputation as innovative and socially responsible;
Meet and match-make with the most exciting ICT innovators.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER
Regional Value Chain Capacity Building Network (VCB-N) provides professional advisory services and capacity building on Value Chain and Market System Development (VC&MSD) in Asia and Pacific Region (APR).