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AgTech Regenerative Agriculture Sustainability Water

Japanese Water Enhancement Technology (WET) Launches in Australia

Liquid Technologies International (LTI), Japan has appointed activ8water as its sole representative in Australia and New Zealand to promote its ceramic bead water activation technology. The agreement is the first venture in the Asia Pacific region and accesses a lucrative market in agriculture and livestock. Liquid Technology International is focusing its attention on international expansion […]

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Agriculture Business Plan Commodities Fund Raise

2021 Grains Innovation Fund is now open for applications

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $4.1 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $18 billion in economic output and are responsible for over […]

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Agriculture AgTech Crop Insurance Precision Ag

Understory has been awarded as ‘AgTech Insurance Solution of the Year’

Understory, a company solving the coverage crisis with parametric insurance for severe weather, has been awarded ‘AgTech Insurance Solution of the Year’ by AgTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence company. Climate-vulnerable businesses around the world rely on Understory’s parametric insurance for financial protection from hail and frost damage. Prior to Understory, the vast majority of […]

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AgTech FoodTech Startups

9 European startups reshaping the Food Industry

StartLife, a Dutch AgTech and FoodTech accelerator, has selected nine European startups for the Fall 2020 cohort. StartLife Accelerate is the #1 program in The Netherlands supporting Food & Agtech startups to validate customer segments, raise funding and access leading corporates and investors in the industry. The best trainers, entrepreneurs, and Wageningen University & Research […]

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Agriculture AgTech Biotech Gene & Genomics

Harvest Genomics won top prize at 2020 Gryphon’s LAAIR Pitch Competition

Harvest Genomics was chosen by a jury of high-profile industry judges as the $10,000 grand prize winner of the 2020 Gryphon’s LAAIR Pitch Competition. The Gryphon’s LAAIR program is funded by the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance and supports the commercialization of research findings for the benefit of the Ontario agri-food sector. The Gryphon’s LAAIR Pitch […]

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Agriculture AgTech FoodTech Sustainability

Solve’s 2020 Sustainable Food Systems Challenge

Agriculture occupies more than 40 percent of the Earth’s land and is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Farming, fishing, transporting, processing, and distributing food supports 28 percent of human livelihood, including 470 million smallholder farmers who often depend on less than 2 hectares for both income and sustenance. By 2050, that system will […]

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AgTech Food Security Policy

Vision to make the UAE a global AgTech hub

The AgriTech Sector Development Team – a team comprising public and private-sector stakeholders from the UAE’s growing agricultural technology sector – convened for a workshop to explore proposed interventions to promote the adoption of technology in agricultural sub-sectors, with the objective of ensuring food security for current and future generations in the UAE. The team […]

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Agriculture AgTech Fund Raise Precision Ag

Agritech company MagGrow raises €6m for crop-spraying technology

Irish agritech company MagGrow raises €6m for crop-spraying tech in Series A round of funding led by Astanor Ventures. It brings the total fund raised for the Agritech startup to €18 million. MagGrow uses magnetic technology to spray crops more precisely, producing higher crop yields, and reducing water and pesticide use. Farmers using the system […]

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AgTech Aquaculture Fisheries Fund Raise

Aquaculture startup eFishery bags Series B funding

Indonesian aquaculture start-up eFishery, which provides access to feed, financing and markets to fish farmers, has raised Series B funding round co-led by Go-Ventures and the Northstar Group. Existing investors including sustainable aquaculture investment fund Aqua-Spark and deep tech VC Wavemaker Partners also participated in the round. “We are really inspired by the impact that […]

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AgTech startup AppHarvest raised $28 million in a Series C funding round

AppHarvest, a startup building North America’s largest greenhouse, raised $28 million in a Series C funding round. It brings the total fund raised for the greenhouse startup to $150 million during the past two years. AppHarvest is building some of America’s largest greenhouses, combining conventional agriculture techniques with today’s technology to grow non-GMO, chemical-free produce. […]

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Food Security Research

Entries for the 2021 Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security are now open

Olam International, in partnership with Agropolis Fondation, is targeting ground-breaking scientific research that can deliver transformational impacts within global agriculture. Entries for the 2021 Prize are now open and the winner will receive an unrestricted US$75,000 grant for the scaling up of proven research. Applications are welcomed from academic or research institutions, civil societies and […]

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AgTech Biotech

AgTech startup Enko Chem raises $45 million to bring sustainable biopesticides to market.

Enko Chem Inc. (Enko) publicly launched after securing $45 million in a Series B round of financing, bringing its total funding raised to date to $66 million. Specialised in small-molecule pest control products, the startup’s tech platform is used to discover new ways to protect crops from pests and diseases. The Bill & Melinda Gates […]

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AgTech FoodTech

ESG set aside over S$55 million to develop a vibrant agri-food tech ecosystem

Enterprise Singapore (ESG) has set aside over S$55 million to accelerate the growth of promising local agriculture and aquaculture companies. ESG’s ongoing efforts will catalyse innovation and scalable solutions to meet evolving needs. ESG has put in place various initiatives to support the growth of the agri-food tech startup ecosystem and drive deep tech commercialisation. […]

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AgTech Climate Change

Combating climate change with AgTech and FoodTech

SHAKE Climate Change is a consortium-based programme led by Rothamsted Research. SHAKE helps entrepreneurs and start-ups who are combating climate change with science or tech-based ideas in the areas of agriculture and food production The £3.5m SHAKE Climate Change Programme has announced its first three ventures to invest in. Energy from manure, a yield boosting […]

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AgTech Greenhouse

AgTech startup AppHarvest partners with Dutch government to create America’s AgTech capital

AppHarvest, a startup building North America’s largest greenhouse, announced it’s partnership with the the governments of the Netherlands, the state of Kentucky and several universities and private companies to create an AgTech capital in Appalachia. The venture will partner with local and international experts to help boost the state’s economy, while increasing the country’s food […]

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AgTech FoodTech Protein

Government of Canada announced $100 million financing for Merit Functional Foods plant

The Government of Canada announced the financing of close to $100 million for the new Merit Functional Foods plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Merit Functional Foods will construct a commercial-scale protein extraction facility that will produce plant proteins superior in solubility, flavour and purity. This plant, scheduled to be fully operational in December 2020 will create […]

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Agriculture Policy

Bounce back plan for food and agriculture industry launched in UK

The measures introduced today will support producers, manufacturers and agri-tech companies across the food supply chain, from farm to fork. The new strategic interventions jointly announced by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will offer immediate support to help businesses in the industry grow their trade […]

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Food Security Local Food

Buy local branding initiative: “Buy Algoma, Buy Local”

Given the urgent need for change in the global food market, there has never been such a demand for locally grown, fresh, organic food. Local production helps mitigate reliance on imports and serves as a buffer during supply disruptions to import sources, which contributes to the food security. It not only stimulates the local economy, […]

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Webinar: How to increase livelihoods of migrant labourers Post COVID-19

COVID-19 brought the issue of migration in limelight in India. As per estimates, 1 out of every 3 Indian is a migrant. The imposition of lockdown as a safety measure to contain COVID-19 pandemic, has badly effected the unskilled and semi-skilled migrant work force of India. Due to COVID 19, massive reverse migration happened from urban […]

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AgTech Biotech

GreenLight Biosciences raises $102M to bring sustainable biopesticides and a COVID-19 vaccine to market

GreenLight Biosciences, a growing agtech and life sciences company, has raised $102 million round of funding from Morningside Ventures, S2G Ventures, Cormorant Asset Management, Continental Grain Company, Fall Line Capital, Tao Capital Partners, Baird Capital, MLS Capital Fund II, Lewis and Clark AgriFood, and Lupa Systems. The funding is expected to rapidly expand production of […]

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Food Security Regenerative Agriculture

Soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal has been selected as this year’s World Food Prize Laureate

Eminent Indian-American soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal has been selected as this year’s World Food Prize Laureate and will receive a $250,000 award for his work in promoting soils for sustainable development. Dr Lal, 75, is named as the 2020 World Food Prize Laureate for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production […]

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Food Loss/Waste FoodTech

FoodTech startup Cambridge Crops develops an edible coating from silk

Cambridge Crops, Inc. a food tech company based in Somerville, Massachusetts develops an edible, imperceptible coating that might replace plastic packaging to preserve meats and produce. Benedetto Marelli, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at MIT, was a postdoc at Tufts University’s Omenetto Lab when he stumbled upon a novel use for silk. Marelli […]

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Agriculture Policy

Agri-Food Pilot to ensure Food Security in Canada

The Agri-Food Pilot is conceptualised to build resilience in the agriculture sector, which sees thousands of jobs go unfilled each year. It helps address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector. The pilot provides a pathway to permanent residence for experienced, non-seasonal workers in specific industries and occupations. It will run until May 2023. […]

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AgTech Investments

South African agri-tech startup Aerobotics raised US$5.5 million in funding from Naspers Foundry

Cape Town-based Aerobotics, uses aerial imagery from drones and satellites, and blends them with machine learning algorithms. This helps in early problem detection and offer personalised solutions to tree and wine farmers and optimise crop performance. The startup’s cloud-based application Aeroview provides farmers with insights, scout mapping and other tools to mitigate damage to tree […]

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AgTech FoodTech

Singapore Food Bowl aims to help regional agri-food tech startups

GROW’s Singapore Food Bowl program aims to help regional agri-food tech startups fast track their growth trajectory and commercialise novel technologies specifically relevant to Singapore’s food security agenda. The 12-week virtual accelerator allows for the local ecosystem to make a change together, by forming a cohort of local and regional startups to address the challenges […]