Meet Nepal’s Top Two AgriTECHs - Transforming Agriculture Through Innovative Digital Solutions
Agriculture is the mainstay of Nepal’s economy providing livelihoods for 68 percent of its population and accounting for 34% of the country’s GDP.
Nevertheless, it struggles with low productivity, traditional and labor-intensive farming practices, and little to no access to improved seeds, technologies, finance, and market opportunities. However, with the aid of technology and digital innovations, farmers are able to address various challenges in the agriculture sector across the world.
Nepal AgriTECH challenge launched by UNCDF Nepal last year aimed to bridge the gap between the agriculture and technology sectors to develop scalable solutions that could create value for smallholder famers, through increased production, access to market and improved income. The challenge was a part of UNCDF’s Inclusive Innovation Initiatives to support products and services that meet the needs of underserved communities.