Climate change

Unleash agricultural productivity

The challenge

Rural economies lag urban centers in technology adoption, and will be left further behind as technological innovation accelerates. Farm workers currently suffer from stagnating productivity and incomes. Innovations in agriculture, especially in developing countries, have a hard time scaling because of fragmented demand and weak investment ability.

Our solution

Unleash agricultural productivity, by empowering rural farmers with capital, information, and capabilities

Expand innovation to smallholder farmers in emerging markets by (a) spreading existing agriculture technology to smallholder farmers through New Economy company supply chains and (b) providing capital to test and develop these technologies

Pool the private sector’s collective knowledge to codify how to leverage the supply chains and networks of SMEs to reach end users with new technologies—e.g., a how-to guide for disseminating ag-tech in developing markets

We will expand technology-driven solutions to raise productivity of farmworkers and the rural economy, focusing first on sub-Saharan Africa.

Become a part of the solution

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Nominate startups or innovations in your supply chains or customer base

Mentor, financially support, or connect startups with your customers or suppliers

Share knowledge of agriculture-related innovation opportunities

In collaboration with

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) is a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation. Co-administered by and housed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, IN2’s mission is to speed the path to market for early-stage, clean-technology entrepreneurs focused on reducing energy impacts in the built environment (commercial and residential), advancing sustainable agriculture. Companies selected for participation in the program receive up to $250,000 in non-dilutive funding, technical support and validation from experts at NREL and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and ongoing connections to organizations across value chains.

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