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Agtech Challenge winners announced

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The winners of the World Bank 2020 Innovation Challenge linked to agriculture and food security risk financing in Southern Africa have been announced. We were media partners with the initiative and following an intense 3-day online shark tank event the grand jury have revealed their three winners, as well as those selected for the honorable mention awards.

They will all now showcase their proposals in a report on agriculture innovations by the World Bank and partners, and receive free access to the InnMind and Draper University Startup Bootcamp 2020.

The Winners

Alternative Methods for Measuring Weather Variables Challenge

Winner: Arable (USA)

Real-time microclimate and crop health data on two time horizons: driving daily farm operations and providing insight into seasonal yields.

Predicting or Monitoring Animal and/or Plant Pests Challenge

Winner: Fall Armyworm Alert Service-Satelligence (Ghana)

The system combats the invasion of fall armyworm in sub-Saharan Africa by providing early warning messages based on satellite technology.

Bring Your Own Agriculture Data Challenge

Winner: CropIn (India)

Building large and smart datasets through innovative ICT-driven data collection techniques, that enables farmers access to risk and financing instruments.

Honorable Mentions award winners

Injini: Contribute Data Using Social Media (South Africa) – Honorable Mention for Harnessing Social Media

Saillog (Israel) – Honorable Mention for Accessibility

eSusFarm (South Africa) – Honorable Mention for Innovative Locally Sustainable Business Model

Watch the recordings from the 3-day event.

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Iain is a creative writer, journalist and lecturer, and formerly an editor of two international business publications. Iain is now editor of Innovators Magazine, as well as the strategic content director for OnePoint5Media.


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