July 23

UNCDF Launches Initiative to Address Challenges Faced by Smallholder Farmers in Asia, Africa

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission – NITI Aayog, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rabo Foundation has launched the Agritech Challenge 2021, which aims to help address challenges faced by smallholder farmers across Asia and Africa.

The challenge will help address challenges faced by smallholder farmers around productivity, climate change and supply chain, by also working alongside International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Bayer as partners, UNCDF said in a statement on Thursday.

“The last year has been exceptionally difficult at the personal, communal, and economic level for so many people. As we look to the recovery phase, it is critical that the global financial architecture intensify its support to accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically in frontier markets,” UNCDF Executive Secretary Preeti Sinha said.

Photo courtesy of 2010CIAT/NeilPalmer.

Source: Outlook India (link opens in a new window)

Agriculture, Technology
SDGs, smallholder farmers