The Feed the Future Asia Innovative Farmers project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Development Mission for Asia, introduces new technologies and management practices to support smallholder farmers to boost their incomes and improve food security.
Despite reductions in extreme poverty in Asia, food insecurity and poverty persist. Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are trying to improve their livelihoods, build resilience to climate change and adjust to shifting market demand. Adopting new agricultural technologies that make food production and distribution more efficient can assist them to achieve these goals.
The project focuses on knowledge transfer among countries in Asia, by creating challenge competitions to discover the most promising technologies, support partnerships and ultimately bring successful tools and practices to farmers in all stages of the supply chain – from productivity to marketing. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, the project and its partner, Katsetsart University, also strengthen technology networks via a Regional Innovation Hub. The work will continue until 2020 with a focus on Bangladesh, Cambodia and Nepal and the possibility for expansion to other countries in the region.
Partnerships with the private sector will help ensure that technologies are commercially viable and that local market systems will support their availability and adoption long after the end of the project. Collaboration with companies on supply chains and farmer financing will help bring the successful technologies to commercial scale for greater impact. In addition, by connecting change agents across the region – researchers, importers, manufacturers, regional networks, governments and associations – through regional and national innovation hubs, the project will help create a sustainable network. The hubs will support the multi-stage challenge competitions for technology, which include business facilitation, proof of concept and exposure stages.
One example of a simple technology that can provide quick financial reward is using a pest-exclusion net to protect crops. Farmers can avoid having to buy potentially expensive and harmful pesticides while gaining access to higher-end markets. The project focuses on youth, as the innovative and essential future of agriculture, and women as a critical yet often untapped source of change and growth. For more information, please contact Kipp Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rob Turner at email@example.com.
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Last updated: October 07, 2016