Did you know that 80% of the world’s farming is done by small-scale farmers? That translates to about 500,000,000 farmers around the world, working hard to provide food and income to sustain their families.
In spite of their efforts, over 42% of the food these farmers produce is never consumed. Instead, it is lost during harvest, or on the journey from farm to market. The consequences are immense – closing this gap has the potential to feed one billion people and improve livelihoods for farmers.
This is a huge opportunity for open innovation.
Welcome to Amplify’s Agricultural Innovation Challenge. We are inviting NGOs, entrepreneurs and social innovators to join us in designing solutions that improve the livelihoods of the more than half a billion small scale farmers worldwide.
Our challenge is focused on a few key areas where new solutions can have a big impact on reducing waste and spoilage, including improving access to markets, ensuring farmers have access to relevant information, using technology in new ways, and financial services .
By sharing ideas and improving them based feedback from beneficiaries, colleagues and experts, we can design solutions that improve the lives of small scale farmers and their families.
The Agricultural Innovation Challenge is now closed. Please join us in congratulating our winners here.
Amplify is a series of ten innovation challenges bringing increased collaboration and a human-centered design approach to international aid. Up to five winners of each challenge receive a grant of between $50,000 and $150,000, an invitation to four day human-centered design bootcamp and ongoing design support from IDEO.org.
Amplify is a joint initiative of OpenIDEO, IDEO.org and the UK Department for International Aid (DFID). It is made possible through DFID funding. Learn more about our program here.
Chioma Ume, Challenge Manager
Shane Zhao, Community Manager