Our Agri-Food Innovation Program accelerates the adoption of climate-smart innovations and digital solutions across Southeast Asia.
Transforming Southeast Asia’s food system – which is characterized by a vast number of small-scale rural enterprises – into one which is more efficient, resilient, and sustainable requires that we innovate in a broader and more inclusive way.
The challenge is that the landscape is highly fragmented, despite most companies and governments recognizing that they cannot drive farm-gate adoption alone. Tackling these siloed delivery systems requires an innovation ecosystem involving multiple stakeholders, who can collectively unlock capacity and investments in agri-food innovation.
This program is funded by the GrowVentures multi-donor impact fund to accelerate the adoption of climate-smart innovations and placing digital solutions into the hands of farmers. Learn more here.
The Digital Directory
The Digital Directory is a solutions database of close to 70 digital agriculture solutions for smallholder value chains, which are active in ASEAN. Digital solutions can transform the sector only if investors, agribusiness, and development actors are aware of the available solutions and come together to support their development and scale-up. The Directory provides an entry point for those new to the sector and provides information on solutions and also contact details so new partnerships can emerge.
Join the Digital Learning Series
The Grow Asia Digital Learning Series (DLS) provides a regular platform for Grow Asia’s Digital Community of Practice to share learnings and insights on how digital solutions can be developed and scaled up for impact on smallholder farmers. Themes we have covered include annual overviews of the smallholder agritech landscape in Southeast Asia, reaching farmers using chat, carbon markets for smallholder farmers, satellite imaging, understanding smallholder agritech business models, and logistics tech for the agriculture industry.
Human Centered Design Training
Grow Asia has organized a Human Centered Design (HCD) Training as part of previous innovation challenges - immersion programs for startup founders and corporate leaders to meet with farmers in the field and apply a HCD approach to solving smallholder problems in agriculture value chains.
Grow Asia has run Innovation Challenges in Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand, where entrepreneurs build digital solutions to solve specific challenges in smallholder value chains. We provide tools such as data, mentors, and access to farmers. Over 300 people on 70 teams have competed in Grow Asia Hackathons to date.
Facilitating startup - corporate partnerships
Facilitate startup-corporate partnerships that help to increase the adoption of climate-smart solutions and farmer-centric digital tools.
Reports & Guides
Facilitate pilot projects that serve as proofs of concept for emerging technologies.
STRENGTHENING POLICY ENVIRONMENTS
Grow Asia engages in ongoing capacity building with policymakers and regulators to identify and address the many policy hurdles impeding the uptake of innovative solutions and to improve and harmonize policy frameworks across ASEAN.