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About this Program:
Smallholder farmers in the ASEAN region, despite being key contributors to the agricultural sector, are often poorly integrated into value chains and lack access to formal goods and services, such as financial services. To improve their livelihoods and integrate them into the formal economy, it is critical for these smallholders to better utilise finite land and achieve greater economic productivity.

Digital technologies can provide them with the right tools to lift themselves out of poverty. With digital tools, farmers can increase their agricultural output and – together with other actors in the value chain – can become financially included and prosper.

Through the Digital ASEAN Program, we’re looking for innovative startups that can help smallholders across the region do just that! If you’ve got a solution that can unlock new economic opportunities for them, we want to help you do it! The Program will feature a host of learning and mentoring opportunities, a...
About this Program:
Smallholder farmers in the ASEAN region, despite being key contributors to the agricultural sector, are often poorly integrated into value chains and lack access to formal goods and services, such as financial services. To improve their livelihoods and integrate them into the formal economy, it is critical for these smallholders to better utilise finite land and achieve greater economic productivity.

Digital technologies can provide them with the right tools to lift themselves out of poverty. With digital tools, farmers can increase their agricultural output and – together with other actors in the value chain – can become financially included and prosper.

Through the Digital ASEAN Program, we’re looking for innovative startups that can help smallholders across the region do just that! If you’ve got a solution that can unlock new economic opportunities for them, we want to help you do it! The Program will feature a host of learning and mentoring opportunities, as well as access to farmer cohorts to run trials of your solution! You will stand to gain value of up to USD 70,000!

Challenges

We are seeking startups that leverage digital technologies to integrate smallholders into the food value chain or to provide them with access to formal financial services. Your startup should solve at least one of the following:

1. Smallholders tend to operate in the informal financial sector. How could digital tools help integrate smallholder farmers into the formal financial sector, for example, through the provision of credit, insurance, or better Know Your Customer (KYC) processes?

2. Smallholders are not producing enough
to improve their livelihoods. How can smallholders improve their agriculture productivity using digital solutions delivered via mobile?

3. Technology can unlock opportunities.
How could leveraging data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) create and multiply value
for smallholders?
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