food loss challenge asia

Reducing loss from farm to market

 
 
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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.

The Context

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!


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The Scope

 

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:

 
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Agricultural Production and Farm Management

Increasing yields, reducing pests and diseases, enforcing best practices, etc.

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Quality Control

Real-time food quality monitoring, consistency of output, etc.

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Market Access

Connecting farmers to buyers, making middlemen more economical, etc.

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Logistics

Making storage, cooling, and transport more efficient, etc

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Packaging and Preservation

Increasing the shelf life of food, maintaining food quality etc.

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Processing

Sorting more effectively, minimising wastage, etc

 
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Who Should apply?

is your startup...

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Addressing food loss
from farm to market?

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Ready with a product
or solution?

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Applicable to the Asian context?

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Serious about scaling impact?

 
 

programme TimelinE

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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.

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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.

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Partnership Opportunities

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!

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Travel Grant

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.


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pitch day- Top 5 Finalist prize

US$1,000

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finale- JURY's PRIZE

US$15,000

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finale- AUDIENCe Favourite

US$5,000

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

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Scalability of Impact

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Strength of Business Model

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Robustness of Solution


BONUS CRITERIA: POSITIVE IMPACT ON SMALLHOLDER FARMERS

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