CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator Program for Climate Smart Innovation

CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator Program for Climate Smart Innovation

Precedence innovation themes

We’re in search of user-centric innovation instances that can result in broad and constructive impacts in meals safety by way of the rise in productiveness, local weather change resilience and adaptation and mitigation of the adverse results on agriculture. We assist improvements which are climate-smart and which have a robust case for industrial sustainability. Improvements might be digital, technical, monetary, merchandise, providers, processes, or enterprise fashions.

These might be present or deliberate improvements in both of the 4 goal nations in addition to below one of many 4 precedence innovation themes. Supported improvements ought to be designed to profit smallholder farmers and associations in East and Southern Africa. Consideration will probably be given to enterprise fashions that promote agro-processing and supply aggregation providers. Girls and youth owned firms are inspired to use. 

The 4 precedence innovation themes are as follows:

Mechanization and irrigatio

Mechanization is the method of utilizing agricultural equipment to mechanize the work of agriculture tremendously growing farm employee productiveness. Mechanization encompasses manufacturing, distribution, and utilization of quite a lot of instruments, equipment, and tools for the event of agricultural land, planting, sustaining crop and livestock harvest and post-harvest operations. Irrigation is the system of making use of water to crops and discipline by support of equipment like pumps, sprinklers, drip hoses and some other mechanical means. Mechanized irrigation instantly will increase the water use effectivity resulting in many oblique advantages within the local weather motion space. Some examples of improvements below this theme embrace, photo voltaic powered irrigation, supplementary irrigation, grading and sorting tools, storage, and processing tools.

Conservation agriculture

Conservation agriculture is a farming method that promotes minimal soil disturbance, upkeep of everlasting soil covers and diversification of farmed plant species. It enhances pure organic processes and contributes to elevated water and nutrient use effectivity decreasing the necessity for chemical fertilizers and the disturbance they create within the setting. The method relies on sensible utility of three interlinked rules: (i) steady none or minimal mechanical soil disturbance (no-till seeding or planting and no-till weeding), (ii) everlasting upkeep of soil mulch cowl (crop biomass, stubble and canopy crops), and (iii) diversification of cropping methods (crop rotations and/or sequences and/or associations involving annuals and perennials, together with legumes for pure nitrogen fixation), together with different complementary good agricultural manufacturing and administration practices. Some examples of improvements below this theme embrace, agriculture-based sustainable intensification administration practices, Built-in Soil Fertility Administration (ISFM) and Built-in Pest Administration (IPM).

Vitamin-sensitive local weather good agriculture

Vitamin-sensitive local weather good agriculture are options reducing the trade-offs between agricultural productiveness, local weather change, and human and animal vitamin. They make farming extra local weather delicate and produce extra nutritious meals whereas sustaining productiveness. Some examples of improvements below this theme embrace merchandise comparable to legumes, cassava, livestock, dairy, oil seeds, horticulture (contemporary produce and greens), and different staples.

Agricultural Danger Administration (ARM)

Agricultural Danger Administration (ARM) is the identification, analysis, and prioritization of dangers in agricultural actions together with coordinated and financial utility to reduce, monitor and management the chance or influence of unlucky occasions and maximize alternatives. They make farming extra predictable and enhance the resilience of farmers. Some examples of improvements below this theme embrace advisory providers, market linkage providers, digitizing the worth chain and monetary merchandise (microinsurance, financial savings, lending, and credit score ensures).

Enterprise stage

Early Stage: firms which have begun to market their merchandise. Would require funding to market merchandise. Funded by enterprise capitalists and development fairness buyers (personal fairness)
Progress Stage: firms with elevated demand for merchandise, that require funding to extend manufacturing and are in search of debt or fairness buyers (enterprise capital and personal fairness).
Growth Stage: firms seeking to achieve market share domestically and/or for export funded by debt and fairness (personal and public fairness).

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