We are looking for innovative solutions to reduce
Food Loss and Waste in Argentina’s horticultural sector
In Argentina, 16 million tons of food are lost or wasted every year. 14.5 million tons correspond to losses (production, storage, transport and processing) and 1.5 million to waste (marketing and consumption). The horticultural supply chain is the one with thehighest FLW percentage at 42.1%!
To provide solutions to this problem, we are launching #SinDesperdicioHortícola, a contest that will grant non-reimbursable financing and personalized mentoring to innovative, viable and impactful solutions for Argentina’s horticultural sector.
The contest is organized by the Secretary of Government of Agribusiness, through its National Food Loss and Waste Reduction Program, and the Inter-American Development Bank, through the #SinDesperdicio platform and its Innovation Lab (I-Lab), with the support of IBM and the Argentine Network of Food Banks.
If you have or are developing technological, financial or process solutions that can solve the following two challenges Argentina’s horticultural chain faces, this contest is for you.
Improve Access to markets for
In Argentina, horticultural producers face numerous barriers that prevent their products from reaching markets. Scarce planning on what products is more convenient to grow, poor information on current prices andcommercialization alternatives, value chain concentration, intermediaries, deficient information on the crop conditions and harvest, and a high dependence on prices in concentrating markets are just some of these barriers. This is added to the low level of transformation of raw material to value-added products, and the lower level of associativism and large atomization of producers, which hinders their negotiating power with customers. In addition to the impact on producers’ income levels, these barriers generate high levels of food loss, both pre-and post-harvest level.
We seek solutions that:
• Improve planning and decision making on what products to grow, when to grow them and when to harvest.
• Facilitate access to information on prices, markets and marketing alternatives for their products.
• Facilitate the linkage between farmers and food distributors such as central markets, greengrocers and the gastronomic sector.
• Facilitate linkage with food banks.
Increase the efficiency of agrochemical
and other productive inputs
There are schedules for the application of agrochemicals in horticultural production. However, they only allow limited planning, generally resulting in applications higher or lower than the optimal doses/quantities or in their untimely use. On the other hand, the use of calendars must be accompanied by training of the producer to facilitate the proper identification of pests and diseases, its cycle of occurrence and the appropriate product to be applied. Another aspect that many times is not considered is the “biocontrol” that favors the natural enemies of these pests and diseases to act. All these factors have negative impacts on the quality of the vegetables and on the ability of the producers to prevent and mitigate the pests and diseases that affect these products, resulting in significant levels of food loss and waste (in many cases never even coming to harvest).
We seek solutions that:
• Optimize the use of agrochemicals and other inputs in horticultural production.
• Allow a more smart and efficient application of agrochemicals in horticulture production.
• Although not exclusively, incorporate the use of best practices and variables such as humidity, temperature and precipitation.
The #SinDesperdicioHortícola Contest
who will have the opportunity to participate in a Bootcamp in the city of Buenos Aires, which will include workshops on innovation, pitching and business models, interaction with mentors and experts, meetings with other entrepreneurs and a final presentation before a jury.
each of which will receive a prize of US$ 15,000, which will be segmented into a monetary award for US$ 10,000, and mentoring and training for US$ 5,000.
February 12, 2019
WORKSHOPS, FINAL PITCH AND SELECTION
Proposal review period
Bootcamp with final proposals
February 12, 2019
April 7, 2019
April 8 to 25, 2019
April 26, 2019
June 5-6, 2019
June 7, 2019
HOW TO PARTICIPATE?
• Participation in this contest is free.
• Natural and legal persons can submit their applications: companies, non-governmental organizations, public institutions, universities, educational and research centers that meet the following characteristics:
• Belong to one of the member countries of the Inter-American Development Bank (borrowing and non-borrowing countries).
• Have at least 18 years old at the time of application.
• The proposed solutions may be an initial idea, in development or in prototype phase. Market-tested solutions will also be considered
• Applications must be sent through the online system linked to this portal. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 7, 2019 at 23:59 (Argentina time).