December 5, 2018
In line with the goal of the CTA/IFAD/PIPSO project, ‘Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands (Innov4AgPacific) to; “strengthen the capacity of the Pacific Island governments, farmer and private sector organizations, and sub-regional institutions to develop strategies and programmes, as well as mobilize financing, that can increase poor rural people’s access to nutritious and healthyfood”, ICTs have been identified to play an increasingly important role in accelerating the transformation of agricultural systems and enhancing value chain efficiency as well as competitiveness of agri-enterprises.
The Pacific Agri-Hack Lab, organized in the framework of the Innov4AgPacific project, aims to address the limited support for upscaling the use, and expanding the reach of novel and existing ICT platforms/applications or for spurring the development of prototypes that would specifically attract the most farmers (especially smallholders and fisher folk) and small and medium enterprises involved in local food crops and fisheries value chains (‘From Farm to Table’) in the Pacific.
The Pacific Agri-Hack Lab Event 2018 includes:
A competition to identify and further develop existing or new ICT applications for agriculture and agri-business/value chain development in the Pacific.
Training sessions that focus on the facilitation of access to finance, investment, improved business and technical opportunities including IPR considerations.
Enabling and encouraging networking opportunities.
Capacity building, mentorship and incubation opportunities of the 3 identified winners
Most promising novel and existing ICT4Ag innovations that can spur agriculture and agribusiness/value chain development in the Pacific evaluated and the top three recognised and up-scaled