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June 2016
News in Agricultural Technology
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Funding Opportunity in Postharvest Loss Prevention

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is excited to announce a new technology commercialization funding opportunity!


Partnering for Innovation is looking to invest in private sector companies that reduce food waste through postharvest solutions that benefit smallholder farmers. With a growing world population, it is essential that aggregators and exporters that source from smallholder farmers have access to technologies that improve storage, processing, and transportation. Learn more and apply here!


Partnering for Innovation also has funding opportunities open for public private partnerships that address food safety issues in Latin America and the Caribbean and for public private partnerships in Zambia that increase smallholder access to agricultural inputs or expand smallholder access to markets through improved services by offtakers and processors. 


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New Partnership Expands Smallholder Farmer Access to Mechanization 

Partnering for Innovation's newest partner in Nigeria, Hello Tractor, is using innovative Smart Tractors to provide smallholder farmers with access to mechanization that will make farming much more efficient. 


Recognizing the need for consistent and sustainable mechanization services, Hello Tractor designed the versatile Smart Tractors, which are fitted with a GPS and other technology to enable Hello Tractor to pair farmers in need of tractor services with a Smart Tractor owner nearby. 


Through this partnership, 24,500 smallholders will access tractor services for the first time and 100 youth entrepreneurs will be trained on owning, maintaining, and utilizing a fleet of Smart Tractors.


Learn more about Hello Tractor from its founder here!


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Launch Events in Guatemala and Ukraine Introduce New Partners

Partnering for Innovation held events in Guatemala and Ukraine in June to introduce its new partners in these countries.


In Ukraine, Partnering for Innovation's partners gave presentations to 30 people, including members of the press. USAID Acting Mission Director John Pennel and the Deputy Minister in charge of coordinating international aid at the Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture also spoke. Pennel stated that "the small and medium size farmer is the backbone of Ukrainian agriculture." 


In Guatemala, 100 people attended the launch event in Guatemala City, where they heard presentations from Partnering for Innovation's partners and discussed how innovative technologies can help reduce migration. Partnering for Innovation and its partners were featured on popular local TV show TVAgro. You can also view a compilation of the presentations produced by Rana Labs here.


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