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Sustainable Agriculture

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Help farmers produce sustainable and regenerative high yielding, high quality crops by leveraging science, technology and financing.  We are looking for the following solutions:

Farmer Training, Engagement & Support

- Easily accessible, scalable and convenient training for farmers across multiple topics – business management, sustainable farming and financial literacy. Focus on an e-learning company that can apply to ag.
- Remote training for ag extension teams focused on providing locally relevant and up-to-date advisory services to farmers to produce quality crops sustainably
- Systems and tools that strengthen the farmers' commercial decision-making and enable alliances and information sharing among farmers
- Affordable, accessible financial products (e.g. low-interest loan products, crop insurance, credit rating system) designed for smallholder farmers
- Technology that enables a system of payment for ecological services (e.g. carbon credits) to increase farmer adoption of sustainable practices
- Renewable energy solutions for standalone farming and manufacturing equipment (harvesters, C-forklifts, water pumps, tractors, etc.)
- Solutions to facilitate farmer associations and/or creation of farmer collectives to reduce transaction costs
- Low-carbon footprint farm input application (fertilizer, chemicals, etc)

Crop Quality & Productivity & Carbon Capture

- Identification, prediction and/or prevention of plant disease and pests, as well as alerts on the changing level of disease pressure and recommended mitigation actions
- Tools and technologies to improve harvest and post-harvest processes to improve crop quality and farmer productivity, as well as quality parameters (DON, protein) and yield prediction
- Crop damage prevention or mitigation during bad or erratic weather patterns
- Rapid low-cost soil testing. Tool that supports our agronomy teams to give advice on soil
- Simulation technology to speed plant breeding
- Tools and technologies to improve harvest and post-harvest processes to improve crop quality, minimize post-harvest losses and ultimately improve farmer productivity
- Cost-effective precision irrigation technology for crop sprinkler or drip irrigation systems
- Environmentally friendly fertilizers (land or ocean) or fertilizer use optimization with high adoption / low churn
- Technology for the selection and sorting of individual crops based on quality parameters to ensure zero waste and improved crop acceptance rates
- New solutions or structures for carbon market incentives for farmers contributing to net zero ambitions
- New technologies to monitor crop growth and optimize yield and efficiencies
- Drought-resistant agriculture production system (including varieties with deep root system, reduced evapotranspiration)

Other / New Innovations Testing & Analysis

- Solution in the regenerative agriculture space (no platforms). Modeling capability is a preference.
- New technology applications for predicting & identify areas of risk before contamination in food or beverage production
- Supply chain transparency for agriculture e.g. organic certification, provenance and supply chain assurance
- Third party evaluation/monitoring process (GHGs, water usage)
- Use of novel raw materials for beer production that are proven to be more sustainable than traditional brewing ingredients e.g. barley, corn and rice
- Internet access solutions for farmers in rural areas/regions without mobile devices
- Crop by-product reuse and valorization to help create a (new) revenue stream for farmers
- Enhanced R&D on crop pests (fungi, molds, parasites), developing in advance ways for treatment and containment in case of outbreak
- Precision agriculture: tele-detection and stress prediction to support plant management (targeted irrigation, fertilization, manual intervention)
- Mosaic farming: diversify varieties on fields to increase pest resistance
- Controlled environment: develop indoor farming to reduce farming area and reforest
- Solutions to predict yield of non-direct farmers
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