Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) is organizing the GAIA AgTECH Innovation Challenge. It invites applications from institutions and business enterprises with ideas and innovations that could transform agriculture and agribusiness in West or North Africa and will benefit wider groups including marginalized women small holder farmers and other women value chain actors. GAIA is looking for institutions and business enterprises with innovations spanning the research to commercialization continuum, and those addressing business model re-invention.
GAIA has been launched by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) to increase agribusiness investments in technological and business model innovations that help bridge the gender gap in African agriculture and particularly those that enhance the positive participation of African women in agricultural value chains across the continent.
“Women face gender-specific constraints that reduce their productivity and contributions to agricultural research, development, and production. This has negative consequences for their economic empowerment, and the well being of our families, communities, and countries” – Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Fmr Vice President and Special Envoy on Gender, African Development Bank.
The efficiency of African agriculture is hampered by a persistent gender gap. Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) ensures visibility, commercialization, and scaling up of agricultural research innovations (AgTech) with the potential to bridge the gender gap in African agriculture by focusing on agribusinesses that demonstrate clear benefits to groups that are often marginalized in agriculture including women smallholder farmers and other women value chain actors.
GAIA AgTECH Innovation Challenge Eligibility
- Serve the agricultural or allied sectors;
- Demonstrate clear benefits to groups that are often marginalized in agriculture including women smallholder farmers and other women value chain actors
- Have an innovative technology or business model;
- Have a clear for-profit business model with high potential for scale;
- Have some proof of concept on the ground, conducted pilots, and are preferably generating revenues;
- Are seeking funding to commercialize or scale.
The top 25 companies will participate in an in-depth boot camp, and then be showcased to investors, incubators, and other support organizations in Accra, Ghana from March 29-31, 2017. The goal of this challenge is to increase agribusiness investments in technological and business model innovations that have the potential to help close the gender gap in African agriculture.
Interested applicant should apply HERE