Agrifood technology includes everything from aquaculture to crop monitoring to indoor production to food ingredients. There are certain areas of agrifood tech that get more investment (eg: drone based precision ag) than others. We're glad to see those areas attracting attention, but we're concerned that other areas continue to be severely underinvested in. As such, we're working with partners to hone in on specific opportunities and incentivize innovation in those spaces.
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Aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of the food industry, but it is also the animal protein supply chain that causes retailers the most headaches with unreliable, untraceable farming practices employed across Asia and other regions. If agriculture and food is the last trillion-dollar industry in need of technology innovation, aquaculture is potentially the neediest recipient of investment dollars.
Most industry experts predict that aquaculture will change beyond recognition in the next decade. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and scientists who wrote the EAT-Lancet report say aquaculture is one of the most efficient ways to supply more protein because fish converts feed more efficiently than terrestrial animals.
Technology and innovation are required to improve aquaculture management systems and supply chains. We offer to up to 10 selected innovators and/or startups a 7-month accelerator program. As part of the Challenge, we will provide successful applicants access to relevant subject matter expertise mentorship in order to hone their solutions ahead of the final pitch for cash prizes.
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When manure is not managed properly, it can be a costly liability for farmers and increase reputation and regulatory risks for farming communities. Today, a number of innovative manure management approaches are popping up around the US and other countries. However, adoption of these technologies is low. In order for these technologies to scale, a larger portion of dairy producers to be incentivized to engage.
The Yield Lab Institute is joining forces with Newtrient, Dairy Farmers of America, and our environmental advisory partner, World Wildlife Fund to organize a startup competition for solution providers that market manure-based products (including services). Through this competition, we seek to advance the manure-based product market by selecting a group of solution providers and guiding them through a commercialization curriculum coupled with mentorship and introduction to sources of capital.
Interested in learning more or getting involved as a sponsor, applicant, mentor, or supporter?
More information is available at The Manure Innovation Challenge