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Agricultural Innovation Weekly Highlights – April 22, 2016

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Over the course of the Agricultural Innovation Challenge, we'll be featuring highlights of contributions from each of our themed mission areas. This week, we've seen an incredible number of inspirations and thought-starters from our global community. As the Ideas Phase progresses, we would love for you to spread the word and invite organizations working within these focus areas to join the challenge!

Mission 1: Access to Financial Resources

FADAMA Seed Lending –  A platform that will let buyers in Nigeria provide crop seeds upfront in exchange for the option of purchasing the crops at an agreeable market price after harvest.

Mission 2: Connection to Markets

SokoHuru Food Hubs – A farm-to-business delivery system in Kenya that pools together crops from small-scale farmers for distribution to larger-volume markets.

Mission 3: Access to Information– A mobile marketplace that aggregates big data from multiple online platforms to create an accurate database that will meet the demands of farmers and buyers.

Mission 4: Storage and Processing

Bext360 – A network of smart kiosks in the Democratic Republic of Congo that will collect coffee beans while capturing crop data to increase efficiency and decrease waste.

We’re looking forward to seeing your ideas for bringing agricultural innovation to small-scale farming communities. Join the challenge to help improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers by reducing food waste and spoilage!

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Thanks for sharing about the latest innovation introduced in the agricultural field arthritis treatment. I really appreciate the people behind this. Agricultural is one of the prominent areas where innovations have to be introduced. This article gave a clear idea of the latest innovations.

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Work on farm is so hard. People have no idea how many effort you have to put in on the far. Specially when you do not have machinery.

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Since I joined openideo, I see really interesting innovations out there. When it comes to Africa, technologies in some coutries have gone too far while others are lagging behind. Technology use is quite common in Nigeria and Kenya, as we understand from the submissions from there. My country, Ethiopia, though Africa's second most populous nation and whose farmers are predominantly small scale, have not yet basic supply chain structures in place. The most importnant factor accounting to this gap is, I think, the difference in entrepreneural ecosystem existing in these countries. Good job Amplify trying to fill the gap.

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This seems like a great idea, as always. You are doing so much to help, I really love this site. I will try to help you as well!