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Asia’s population is expected to increase from 4.6 billion to 5.3 billion in 2050(1). With limited arable land and natural resources available, improving food production will be key to meet the increased demand for food and changing consumer preferences.
As agri-food supply chains are increasingly interconnected - from input companies to farmers, traders, food companies and retailers – data and innovation are key to meet the increased demand for food. Better data collection, analysis and sharing will improve the integrity of the agri-food supply chain. Moreover, data-driven technology will enable farmers and food & agri companies to make more informed decisions, triggering new smart farming and production techniques, and finding new ways of distribution.
With the vast majority of the smallholder farmers living in Asia, agtech solutions will enable farmers to improve their crop production and access to markets, and in turn improve their incomes.
Against this backdrop, Rabobank, a global leader in food and agri banking, is organizing the “SustainableAg Asia Challenge”. Agtech companies with innovative solutions that promote the integrity in agri-food supply chains in Asia are invited to apply. Solutions could be in the area of farming practices, inclusivity of smallholder farmers, traceability, food safety, data integrity & sharing as well as improving access to markets.
(1) Source World Population Prospects 2019, United Nations
Join our SustainableAg Asia Challenge to present your solutions to major agri-businesses and ecosystem partners and scale your impact!
We’re looking for technological solution providers that address the following challenges
Sustainable Farming Practices
Inclusivity of Smallholder Farmers
Data Integrity and Sharing
Access to New Markets
Top 15 Shortlisted
Week of 23 September
Pitch Day (Singapore)
F&A Advisory Board*
*Rabobank Asia's Food & Agri (F&A) Advisory Board meeting is Rabobank’s annual premier event bringing Chairmen and CEOs of leading Food & Agribusiness companies and commodity traders from China, Southeast Asia and India together. It will be held in Shanghai on 31 October 2019.
Who Should Apply
We want to hear from you if your company:
Addresses the identified challenges
Has a market-ready product or solution
Applies to the
Is serious about scaling its impact
Prizes and Benefits
Supercharge your company exposure to the industry! Industry leaders and investors will be present at Pitch Day to hear about your solution.
Get invited to pitch your solutions to the CEOs of Asia’s leading Food & Agribusinesses at Rabobank Asia’s Food & Agri Advisory Board meeting in Shanghai on 31 October 2019.
Travel grant inclusive.
A fixed travel grant will be provided to overseas companies to travel to Singapore.
Win cash prizes from a total pool of US$20,000.