Technology for sustainable value chains

In 2050...

  • 3 billion

    more mouths to feed

  • 50%

    increase in food demand

These global trends emphasize the urgency to increase the value of agricultural resources in a sustainable way to feed current and future generations. Advances in technology such as Artificial Intelligence, Big data, Internet of Things, Remote sensing, Robotics, and Mobile phones are changing many industries, yet they've only scratched the surface to induce a much-needed farmer friendly technological revolution. The main challenges are lack of 1) Investments 2) Research and 3) an Enabling environment.

IDH promotes the use of technology in achieving value chain sustainability. By advising and convening stakeholders on technology use cases, IDH reduces sourcing cost, improves farmer engagement, reduces operational risk and achieves profitable scale in smallholder inclusive business models.

Large scale technological interventions targeted at the sector level and at the business level have the potential to rapidly lift farmers out of poverty in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Key focus:

  • Tools to identify technology opportunities in agriculture value chains
  • Knowledge & advice in implementing tech solutions
  • Partnering for scalable tech solutions

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Title Type Year
Terms of Reference -Value chain digital transformation tool Terms of Reference 2019
IDH Tech Learning Agenda Article 2019


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