World Food Convention Start-Up Pitch
THIS YEAR´S WORLD FOOD CONVENTION START-UP PITCH WINNER:
Kitovu enables smallholder farmers to cut down input costs ,increase yields and sales by providing them with precise inputs, personalized soil and crop health insights, and market linkages.
“The Kitovu Mobile platform is a very nice example on how technology and digitalization can help to move agriculture to the next level. By collecting, analyzing and aggregating the soil and location data, you can really increase the productivity, but you also can decrease the input costs for the farmers, which means they can have more income. And the second thing, which I really loved with the solution is, that it is a quite holistic approach. Because what they really try to do is look at the whole value chain: from the financing part on getting inputs on credit and from the human side to connect with the aggregators and the distributers. I really loved this holistic network perspective because that’s the way we need to completely change the whole ecosystem in order to make it work in a different way.” (Regina Schmidt, Head of Innovation Projects at the United Nations World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator)
As the winner, Kitovu Technology Company will get the chance to participate in the WFP Innovation Accelerator Pitch Event in September 2021, which will focus on rethinking global food systems. The pitch event is invite-only with a high-level audience of government donors, private sector organizations, academia, UN agencies, the humanitarian sector, and other key players in the global innovation ecosystem.
Congratulations from the bottom of our hearts to the winner and thank you to all for submitting great innovative ideas!
We thank our Start-Up Pitch partner, the UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator for their kind support!
Take a look at great innovations in food systems, agriculture and environmental protection
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Haile Wako Integrated Farm
|Decent Jobs for Youth Blog Post Adugna Haile Wako was born in August 16, 1985. Currently, Adugna is the CEO and Founder of Adugna Haile Business Consulting Firm and the Deputy CEO and Co-founder of Haile Wako Integrated Farm. He is also a certified business consultant, economist, entrepreneur and innovator. Adugna is the winner of 5,000 USD in equity investment, which he was awarded during the pitching competition of the 2020 YALDA Pre i-Boot Camp Virtual Summit in November 2020. The International Trade Centre’s Youth & Trade Team and the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) sat down with him to speak about all things surrounding the management of a sustainable youth business. What sparked your idea to create Haile Wako Integrated Farm? I was inspired to create an innovative agribusiness due to prevailing food and self-sufficiency challenges in Ethiopia. There is a huge gap between seeds demand and supply. The seeds supply accounts for < 3% annually, compared to a much higher demand coming from farmers across Ethiopia. This seeds supply shortage highly contributes to persistent food insecurity and undernourishment in the country. On average about 9 million people are suffering from food security challenges annually. These facts initiated us to establish Haile Wako Integrated Farm in September 2016. The farm is certified in seeds production and supply for the local market in Ethiopia.The agribusiness is registered on the UN Global Market Place (UNGM) website, which has been linking seeds supply businesses with UN agencies like FAO since 2017. The sister company Adugna Haile Business Consulting is currently operational and has signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) working agreement with a Tunisia-based company called the United Commodities. It imports and ships agro-processing plants for Ethiopian and Djibouti-based companies. Could you tell about the key role of sustainability within your business model? How do you work to achieve this? More than anything, it’s crucial for us to create enabling conditions for our fellow citizens. We want to ensure sustainability by helping small-holder farmers via the out-grower scheme, and by creating opportunities for youth and women by expanding and diversifying the business to the next level. Our sustainability philosophy is to benefit the current generation of farmers greatly, while not operating at the expense of future farmer generations. We have also developed an environmental policy, which is currently serving as a working document. How does your business support the local community? The farm is working with local farmers via the out-grower farmer scheme and via delivering technical assistance. We signed the out-grower contract agreement with 200 farmers to produce seeds. In addition, the farm now employs 20 youth on a permanent and 30 women on a casual basis. Farmers are selected for contract agreements based on their performance, good work ethics and the size of the farm area that they own. What is your long-term vision for your business? To diversify and to incorporate innovative business models into agro-processing activities like maize milling, tomato paste processing, feed processing and dairy processing plants. We also aim to employ even more women and youth in the future, as well as to expand our products beyond the local market and to eventually export processed foods. How can international agencies such as the UN, help young entrepreneurs in most effective way? The UN and other international development agencies need to play a critical role by taking into account youth entrepreneurs needs in policy and implementation initiatives with national governments. I also think that UN agencies can do their part in designing specific programmes for youth and women to bring about positive economic changes for the lives of young entrepreneurs. What advice do you have for the aspiring young entrepreneurs? Young entrepreneurs have a lot of untapped potential to convert problems into solutions through their drive and capabilities. I would advise all young entrepreneurs around the globe to have a vision, a great level of focus, high aspirations, and to create new innovative business ideas. Test and scale-up prototypes, develop a clear action plan and put those ideas into reality! https://haile-wako-integrated-farm.business.site/|
Nutritious Agriculture Network and Consultancy Limited
Green Gold Farms Ghana Limited
|Green Gold Farms is a modern agricultural company whose mission is to grow, renew, transform and excel in a sustainable manner. We believe Africa can feed itself and its people can be empowered to lift themselves out of poverty. Our flagship project will serve as a blueprint for other nations in Africa to emulate. Adopting modern or advanced technological practices in areas like irrigation, hydroponics, disease and pest control, etc to maximize food production making Africa “the food basket of the world” and reducing drastically importation of food. Green Gold Farms Ltd. intends to leverage on Ghana’s geographically central location which places Ghana in a good place to serve as food basket to the West African sub-region. This combined with other equally conducive factors such as stability of government, good arable land, perfect climatic conditions, labour and a good business climate, ranked 1st in West Africa as the preferred investment destination, will ensure that the business thrives and meets investor’s expectations. We are starting our project on 700 hectares. Our mission is to move 1m Ghanaians out of poverty in remote areas and enhance sustainability. Website|
Kitovu Technology Company
Intech harness pvt ltd
Foodchain – Preventing food waste
|IRRIOT is the European pioneer in wireless precision irrigation. It implements the next generation of commercial irrigation solutions. Using IRRIOT's wireless precision irrigation system the farmer will reduce the water usage with 50%, increase the crop yield with 30%, optimise human resources, reduce carbon footprint, and reduce eutrophication and soil erosion. Website|
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Vauttech India Pvt. Ltd
|Spectro-AG B.V. focuses on the design and development of artificial intelligence (AI) based solutions that use hyperspectral and multispectral remote sensing to address real challenges in precision farming, forestry, water management, environmental protection, infrastructure surveillance. Our solutions fit Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) platforms. We leverage optical sensor technologies and AI modelling including machine learning and deep learning algorithms to build new tools and knowledge. Website|
Prakshep Private Limited
|Prakshep is a data technology company founded in 2016 which helps agribusiness utilize neural networks to automate efforts at scale. From large enterprises to startups, businesses of all sizes use Prakshep deep learning APIs to autonomously monitor farms, assess risk, plan operations, increase productivity, and save resources. Website|