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Global Grand Challenge | Smart Farming Innovations for Small-Scale Producers

| Sectors: Food security, sustainable livelihoods, agritech
Granting entity: Global Grand Challenges |Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
| Deadline: 25 February 2021
| Type of support: Seed Grants and Scale-Up Grants
| Funding/benefits: Up to USD 250,000 for Seed grants and up to 1.5 million for scale grants
| Applicants: Start-ups (consortiums with NGOs )
| Locations: Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Nigeria | Asia: India (Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh), Bangladesh

Synopsis: Smart Farming Innovations for Small-Scale Producers Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks Smart Farming solutions that leverage digital technology innovations that have the potential to drive positive impact for smallscale producer (SSP) entrepreneurs delivered through bundled farmer services and enabled by scalable digital and data platforms. Solutions should address one or more challenges faced by smallscale crop and livestock producers in one or more areas of agricultural advisory, farm management decision support, input supply, finance, insurance, market access and linkages.

Consortiums: To increase the probability that projects funded through this RFP will continue after the initial project completion and evolve into a continuing global public good or sustained solution, applicants are encouraged to consider of a range of partners to form a consortium. This investment will prioritize those who partner with organizations interested in Smart Farming in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) as long-term opportunities. There are several types of organizations we envisage being part of consortia submitting proposals: Enterprise Technology Platforms (Big-Tech), Enterprise Agriculture (Big-Ag), Ag-Tech Startups (Ag-Tech + Farm-Tech), Research Organizations (R&D), national and international NGOs and farmer-based organizations (Implementors), Government and International Organizations.

Link to application here.

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