Have an existing tech-based solution that reduces food loss from farm to market in Asia? We want to hear from you! Join us for our inaugural Food Loss Challenge Asia, organised by Rabobank, the global leading food and agribusiness bank.
How can we sustainably feed 9 billion people by 2050?
As the world population grows and lives longer, we rely on farmers to enable a sustainable food supply. Farmers everywhere face various food production challenges that make it difficult to live up to their potential and produce more with less environmental impact.
Food is lost even before it reaches the consumer
More than a third of all food produced for human consumption is spoiled or damaged before it reaches the dining table, equating to 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year.
This situation affects a lot of people.
Asia has made improvements, but it is still home to 512 million undernourished adults and children. Meanwhile, over 80% of the world’s 450 million smallholder farmers live in Asia, and they face massive pressures trying to make a living.
Got a solution to help them out? Join us in our fight against food loss in Asia here!
Food loss occurs at each stage of the food value chain. Rabobank and our partners want to work with effective startups along the food value chain to promote the adoption of sustainable solutions and practices across the region.
Here are a few areas we would like to address:
Agricultural Production and Farm Management
Increasing yields, reducing pests and diseases, enforcing best practices, etc.
Real-time food quality monitoring, consistency of output, etc.
Connecting farmers to buyers, making middlemen more economical, etc.
Making storage, cooling, and transport more efficient, etc
Packaging and Preservation
Increasing the shelf life of food, maintaining food quality etc.
Sorting more effectively, minimising wastage, etc
Who Should apply?
is your startup...
Addressing food loss
from farm to market?
Ready with a product
Applicable to the Asian context?
Serious about scaling impact?
Rabobank Asia’s F&A Advisory Board is Rabobank’s premier event bringing Chairmen and CEOs of leading Food & Agribusiness companies and commodity traders from Asia together.
Prizes & Benefits
The top 20 STARTUP finalists stand to benefit from:
ACCESS TO Expertise and support
Let us learn about what your startup ambitions are, so that we can link you up with resources, connections and food and agriculture experts, to help bring your startup to the next level.
Supercharge your startup's exposure to the industry! At both Pitch Day and the Finale, industry leaders and investors will be keen to know how they may possibly work with you to solve food loss!
To ensure that the best startups get the most out of the programme, attendees for the Pitch Day and the Finale will be supported with a fixed travel grant to join us for the events in Singapore.
pitch day- Top 5 Finalist prize
finale- JURY's PRIZE
finale- AUDIENCe Favourite
Scalability of Impact
Strength of Business Model
Robustness of Solution
BONUS CRITERIA: POSITIVE IMPACT ON SMALLHOLDER FARMERS