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Cisco Agri Challenge

Cisco Agri Challenge

CISCO AGRI CHALLENGE solutions for the Indian farmer

About CISCO AGRI CHALLENGE –  solutions for the Indian farmer

 

WHY A CHALLENGE?

 

From Nicolas Appert, who found a new way to preserve food in 1910 to Project Tier One by Burt Rutan, who launched a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks in 2004, innovators have leveraged Grand Challenges to not only solve some of the most difficult problems but also achieve what was once considered impossible. This made us ask “Why can’t we use a grand challenge to solve one of the most pressing problems faced by our country?”

The poverty rate in India in 2017-18 was at 23% – now made worse by the pandemic. With 30% of rural Indians falling below the poverty line and 65% population of India residing in rural areas, innovation in agriculture and near-farm industry is the key to alleviate poverty for a majority of Indian households. Since ~86% of farmers are small and marginal, increasing income of this segment will have an outsized positive impact on India’s economic development.

Can we increase profitability for the small farmer, while containing food inflation? And while we are at it, can we also improve social and environmental outcomes? That is the challenge.

 

WHAT IS CISCO AGRI CHALLENGE?

 

farmer-centric innovations with 10 Mn lives potential

 

Cisco Agri Challenge calls for solutions that ‘Enhance profitability of small scale farmers’. Solutions with 10Mn potential, that deliver positive economic, social and environmental value will compete for an INR 2 Cr Prize purse. Over the next year, an ecosystem of producers, experts, investors, enablers and supporters will come together to accelerate your learning, and to help you refine your solution. All high potential ideas will get stage-appropriate support to be implemented on ground and the most promising solution will win an INR 1 Cr grant.

 

There is something for everyone at Cisco Agri Challenge.

 

WHO IS CISCO AGRI CHALLENGE FOR?

 

Cisco Agri Challenge is ope n to individuals, groups of individuals(upto 10) that have

 

* farmer-centric solutions
* accessible to small farmers

 

TIMELINES : Application Deadline 15.02.2021

 

For more details and online application refer the Official Publisher:

https://prize.thenudge.org/ciscoagrichallenge

 

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