Applications are now open for the Pacific 2018 AgriHack Lab to address the limited support for upscaling the use of novel and existing ICT platforms/applications or developing prototypes that would specifically attract the most farmers (especially smallholders and fisherfolk) and small and medium enterprises involved in local food crops and fisheries value chains (from farm to table)
The Pacific 2018 AgriHack Lab aims to identify and assess the potential for upscaling novel or existing ICT4Ag innovations for overcoming challenges in Pacific agriculture, agribusiness and value chain development namely: Communication and market development, Transport logistics and Capacity building of farmers/ SMEs.
This call for proposals targets in-country ICT experts, Tech savvy young professionals and/or agri-entrepreneurs including farmers to identify and evaluate ICT applications that are in use, select one and propose solutions that have the greatest potential for wider adoption to connect the agriculture and food sector (from farm to table) in any or all of the target countries. Alternatively, the applicant can develop a prototype, which has the same potential.
The AgriHack Lab initiative includes:
Competition to identify and further develop existing or new ICT applications for agriculture and agri-business/value chain development in the Pacific.
Capacity building, mentorship and incubation opportunities.
Enabling and encouraging networking opportunities among ICT experts and the public and private sector including the farming community.
Facilitation of access to grants and investments opportunities.
20 semi-finalists will be selected by a multi-disciplinary team from among the applications received. The Top 20 semi-finalists will be invited and supported to attend and pitch their ICT solutions to a multi-stakeholder group during the AgriHack Lab planned for Tonga in December 2018. During this event, a second evaluation will be done by a multi-disciplinary expert panel to select the top 3 winners who will receive an award (Euro 5000) to implement their ICT solutions. Selection criteria (for all the categories of prizes) include: relevance to Pacific agricultural, agribusiness and value chain development and responsiveness to needs of farmers/ SMEs challenges, feasibility of proposed ICT solution (technical soundness), originality, scalability (the business model, level of deployment, ease of use/uptake, performance) and sustainability.
ICT experts, tech-savvy young professionals, farmers and/or agri-entrepreneurs operating in Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, or Vanuatu.
Applicants are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:
Applicants are working for/with ICT start-ups/public and private sector organizations/businesses promoting and using ICTs or applicants are an independent ICT expert or own their own business.
Applicants are a national of/or are registered to operate in one of the 7 project target countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
How to Apply
Applicants can download the application form via given website.
Deadline: 31 October 2018
For more information, please visit Call for Applications.