The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering $1.5 million grants for smart farming innovations.
The foundation is seeking innovative digital solutions with potential to drive positive impact for smallholder farmer entrepreneurs.
The agritech solutions will be delivered through bundled farmer services, enabled by scalable digital and data platforms.
The grants, the foundation noted, are focused on ICT forAg solutions in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Nigeria, India, and Bangladesh.
The foundation said there are two grant funding opportunists – Seed Grants and Scale-Up Grants. Applicants can only apply for one.
The $250,000 grants are for Smart Farming solutions that can demonstrate potential in meeting the following criteria within 12 months: Leveraging digital technology innovations with the potential to scale, show potential to improve incomes, productivity and ability to adapt to climate change;Address barriers to scaled adoption of digital services: access, affordability, language and digital literacy have the potential to be bundled with multiple farmer-facing services into an integrated solution and are enabled by robust digital and data technology platforms and services.
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