Main Categories

Agtech: technological innovation in our agriculture system

Agriculture Production and Processing: the cultivation of animals, plants and fungi for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinal and other products used to sustain and enhance human life

Nutrition and health: Presenting the consumers with attractive options of nutrition. Introducing food diversity and addressing the global challenge of an increasing world population.

Agriculture Biotech: a range of tools, including traditional breeding techniques, that alter living organisms, or parts of organisms, to make or modify products; improve plants or animals; or develop microorganisms for specific agricultural uses

Biofuels: A biofuel is a fuel that is produced through contemporary biological processes, such as agriculture and anaerobic digestion, rather than a fuel produced by geological processes such as those involved in the formation of fossil fuels, such as coal and petroleum, from prehistoric biological matter.

Evergreen Practices: Innovative farming practices developed to address global challenges. Precision agriculture, reduction of energy and water consumption,technologies and processes in freshwater management, renewable energy technologies, alternative fertilizers, reduction in greenhouse gases, alternatives to the use of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, preservation of biodiversity*, and effective use of arable land.

Robotics and Precision Agriculture: Precision agriculture (PA) or satellite farming or site specific crop management (SSCM) is a farmingmanagement concept based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops.

Agro Logistics: From farm to fork, the improvement of the storage and transport of agricultural products. Ingenious solutions to reducing post harvest waste, preserving nutritional value and enabling wider access to consumers.

Farmer Incomes: Ideas that improve crop production, cultivate alternative uses of natural products and by-products, reduce post harvest waste, increase food security, and new agro business management tools.

Education: Programs and tools that contribute to the agro revolution, particularly in innovative thinking, encouraging sustainable practices, and awareness of environmentally sound methods.

Agro tourism: Innovative ways in drawing visitors to an agro business, in the form of nature travel. Offering visitors the opportunity to participate in trend-making farm and ranch activities, and so promote rural vacations, nutritional awareness, and active lifestyles.

Safety & Health: Products or practices that improve the health of farm and production workers, or consumers.

Packaging: Designs that attract consumers, apply biodegradable materials and other solutions in agricultural products and equipment.
Other: Those ideas that do not fit into the above categories but still positively impact agri business.

Current agricultural processes produce greenhouse gases, including the enteric fermentation in ruminant animals, methane emissions from rice fields, and release of soil carbon through motorized tilling and fertilizer use. Agricultural soils fertilized with nitrogen emit nitrous oxide. The mining and application of phosphorus as a fertilizer impacts freshwater ecosystems. Nitrogen and phosphorus encourage plant life in marine and freshwater systems respectively, unbalancing the dissolved oxygen available for aquatic life. Modern agricultural practices can disrupt the unique ecosystem of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms present in the soil, and so deplete the land of biodiversity.

Sectors

EVERGREEN PRACTICES
Sustainable processes:
Reduction in water and energy consumption, renewable energy sources, encouraging natural ecosystems, alternatives to nitrogen and phosphorus based fertilizers, revolutionary waste systems
Home and business practices:
Ideas and products that encourage home grown or local sources. Practical solutions to reduce food waste.
Bio Energy:
Crops grown as alternative fuel sources

Natural products:
Example, textiles and fibers such as coir (coconut fibers), straw and bamboo, fibers from pulpwood trees, cotton, rice, hemp, and nettle used in making paper, clothing, floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses, floor tiles, and sacking, hats.

NUTRITION & HEALTH
Farming products:
Preserving nutritional value, crop diversity, improved health of plant and livestock
Food Diversity:
Introducing foods to a new market, or presenting marginal food in innovative ways
Therapies/Medicine:

  • Medicinal properties of plants
  • Alternative treatments for depression, stress and other ailments
  • Plant energy

Healthcare products:
Soaps, candles, cosmetics, oils etc. used to promote health and beauty care.

AGRO LOGISTICS
Farm to fork:
Harvest, storage, and transport innovations. Preserving nutritional value and reducing post harvest waste. Increasing distribution.
Home and business practices:
Ideas and products that encourage home grown or local sources. Practical solutions to reduce food waste. Network and direct connections between farm and consumer.
Agro logistic solutions applied in other industries
FARMER INCOMES
Profit and savings:
Systems to improve crop returns, new income streams, management tools, monitoring. Efficient use of farm space.
Market platforms:
Alternative marketing strategies. Ideas and products that encourage local sources. Network and direct connections between farm and consumer.
Farm space, products, services:
Innovative ideas to use farm resources. New uses for old equipment.
EDUCATION
Farmer training:
Provide farmers and agri advocates with education in sustainable agriculture.
Education:
Training youth and adults in best practices of farming. Providing opportunities for education.
Educational Access:
New schemes that enable access to farm sites and farming information.
AGRO TOURISM
Farm Activities: Trend-making farm and ranch activities.
Make rural life accessible: Community building/ integration.
Promotion & Access:
Creating market opportunities for visitors for rural visits and vacations.
Ecotourism, retreats, nutrition, mini-courses, seminars, combine with other activities – spa, yoga, etc
SAFETY & HEALTH
Safety and health:
Provide innovative solutions to improve health, decrease accidents.
Agro safety practices applied in other industries
PACKAGING
Products and equipment:
Providing agri businesses –products and equipment, impact with packaging design.
Packaging/Labeling:
New ways of packaging: solutions to effectively captivate target market, to find a unique and descriptive name.
Agro design packaging applied in other industries