2017 edition of gender-focused agri-tech innovation challenge accepting entries till March 16


The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has opened the entry submission phase for the  2017 edition of the GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge which targets applicants from Southern and Central African countries.
The Gender in AgriBusiness Investments in Africa (GAIA) AgTech Innovation Challenge is open to applications until March 16, 2017, meaning that the deadline is two weeks away for those keen to apply.

The winners will be announced in the course of March 2017, and will benefit from participation in an intensive, 2-day boot camp, which will culminate in a showcase to potential investors, partners, and other key players in the agriculture sector.The applications details and guidelines are available here.

AWARD launched GAIA with aim to increase agribusiness investments in technological and business model innovations that help close the gender gap, with a particular focus on innovations by African women scientists.

Basically, GAIA main objective is to create and manage an “AgTech solutions market place” that ensures visibility, commercialization and scaling up of agricultural research innovations (AgTech) that lead to more inclusive growth of Africa’s agricultural sector.

In the first edition of the GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge held in 2016, top 20 innovators were selected from the applicants to participate in an in-depth boot camp. They then showcased their innovations to investors, incubators, and other support organizations in Nairobi, Kenya in November 7-10, 2016.