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Bluenumber


About

Bluenumber (B#) is a digital ID to uniquely identify People, Organisations, Places or Things, and show how these specific entities relate to each other in complex systems such as supply chains. As well as being unique, each B# operates as a ‘primary key’ for the same entity in different databases. B#s can verify specific farmers, farms and facilities by triangulating public information with private data, to visualize where supply chains begin, who is involved at every stage, and reveal the ESG attributes of these entities from multiple independent sources.

Capability and features

B#s identifies and connects to every farmer, linking them to their farms, business partners and their facilities, at every level in value chains. This goes beyond supply chain traceability to provide operational insights relevant to farmers and every stakeholder. B#s verify that entities exist, if they are accurately certified, measures and reports risks, and produces evidence to corroborate sustainability claims. Buyers will know who is in the supply chain, what their practices are and how they are demonstrated. B#s recognise farmers – not just the crops they produce. Farmers are enabled to independently evidence their sustainable practices.
Bluenumber services are used by buyers and brands to verify their supply chain partners, making their operations transparent and to verify their environmental impacts. Bluenumber guarantees accurate deforestation measurement and land use change. Bluenumber enables buyers to connect directly with farmers to support livelihoods, training and their communities. Other clients include banks and lenders with rural financial inclusion programs.

Progress to date

Bluenumber partners with Sourcemap to produce industry-leading supply chain mapping and analysis. Over 250,000 oil palm smallholders in Malaysia and Indonesia have been mapped with B#s. Bluenumber is leading a mutistakeholder initiative to create the SDG Scorecard for Edible Vegetable Oils using Indonesian Palm Oil as a benchmark.

RT Analytics


About

RT Analytics have created rtWork and rtHome; apps that can digitize anything with electronic forms, which substitute processes that farmers currently do with paper and pencils. Farmers can take images, videos, GPS coordinates, scan QR codes, search for inputs, etc.
While farmers can use the app free of charge, revenue is generated from agribusiness companies, who benefit from the data collected from smallholder farmers.

Capability and features

Farmers use a range of features, including the Farm E-diary, Cost Management, Hired Labors Management, Inventory Management, CRM and Messaging. These tools increase their productivity and revenues whilst also reducing costs.

Input Manufacturers benefit from clear information about their products and how to use instructions. rtWork tells the manufactures what products farmers are using and where their products are being forged.

NGOs use these tools to coordinate and support both Ag businesses and farmers, allowing them to strengthen value chains.

 

Progress to date

RT Analytics has worked with over 300 farmers to date, and are collaborating with CIAT Vietnam and AliSEA to implement pilot projects in Vietnam. Their apps are available for the web, iOS and Android.

Advance AI driven analysis


About: Adatos provides analysis on key crop performance metrics using AI to interpret huge amounts of multispectral and SAR data from satellites.

Capability and features:  Adatos uses advanced AI to provide analysis on any scale from 1 ha to 100,000,000 ha. We can measure foliar and soil macronutrients (N,P,K), moisture stress, yield estimation, pest and disease and other key indicators. This helps farmers optimise the use and type of fertiliser to where it is most needed based on 100% analysis of the crop.

For forestry we also measure biomass remotely.

Our technology can be applied to any crop in any location. We are keen to work with aggregators such as wholesale producers, buyers, fertiliser companies, equipment manufacturers, who can efficiently deliver this information to smallholders.

Progress to date

Achievements:

Custom disease detection models for specific crops.

Very large scale analysis to detect areas planted with oil palm and the biological age of the palm. Modelling of yield for crops based on large sets of high-dimensionality satellite and weather data.

SmartRisk


About

SmartRisk is a predictive and prescriptive solution for risk monitoring, mitigation and forecasting intelligence. The AI and machine learning based platform detects cropping patterns and predicts the future of the crop, thus highlighting the associated risk and opportunity for agri-stakeholders. Businesses can achieve farm-level crop detection and yield prediction through the SmartRisk capabilities that can also establish historical performance of every pixel at farm/postcode/state/country level by utilizing easy-to-use Connector APIs.

Capability and features

CropIn’s solutions are powered by proprietary algorithms built on ground data, satellite imagery and weather data, which are used to provide insights at farm and region level. The results are accurate, reliable, and highly predictable.

SmartRisk can improve the loan collection process, optimize the loan disbursement process, pre-emptively assess NPA, perform crop growth analysis to monitor risk in real time and expand lending portfolios to new regions with higher confidence. This is valuable for banks, NBFCs, microfinance institutions, insurance companies, government bodies, commodity traders and sourcing managers.

Lenders can detect cropping patterns, monitor the health of standing crop, estimate crop yield, and also establish the historical performance of a farm/plot. SmartRisk thus makes loan disbursement processes more streamlined, in addition to providing lenders with event triggers on a farmer/plot level.

Governments can take advantage of SmartRisk’s capability to efficiently predict crop yield in a given location for multiple types of crops to achieve varied objectives such as study of a crop’s productivity, nationwide yield estimation, planning and implementation of policies, and accurate payment of crop insurance claims among others.

CropIn largely works on a B2B model, catering to farming companies that employ farmers in large numbers. Through this, CropIn has been able to effectively digitize over 3.1 million acres of farmland within a short span of time.

Progress to date

CropIn’s platform has impacted over 2.1 million farmers worldwide.

SmartRisk’s proprietary ML algorithms enabled one of the world’s largest retailers to source high-quality grapes from farms at close proximity, thereby effectively cutting down expense incurred due to logistics and operational hassles.

A globally renowned beverage company leveraged SmartRisk’s intelligent crop detection capabilities to detect high-growth sorghum farms in order to set-up warehousing and processing centers in Nigeria.

Upcoming initiatives include: identification of stress and crop stages, expansion of CropIn’s reach in Southeast Asia, accurate detection of more crops, along with their health & yield estimates.

Hub


About

HUB is a digital platform that collects, manages and shares data on smallholder farmers to expand their access to the agricultural value chain, by leveraging satellite data and AI. HUB’s software solutions are designed to be ‘plug and play’; they can be connected to customer’s management information systems through APIs (application program interface).  Once clients have the software, which includes mobile data collection, credit risk scoring and farmland monitoring, they can also access the remote sensing data which provides information on the crop activity of individual farms.

Capability and features

The HUB Digital Platform includes an Agri-Lending Suite which has a mobile data collection app, credit scoring system and farmland monitoring dashboard which all incorporate Harvesting’s remote sensing and AI technology to deliver actionable insight on smallholder farmers. By using the Agri-Lending Suite, lenders can expand their market to include borrowers without a credit history while improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their lending operations.

Cooperatives and other aggregators of smallholder farmers can use different aspects of the HUB including farmland monitoring, credit assessment farmer management, training management, communication with farmers, and buyer and supplier management.

By digitizing and improving the data and farmer management capabilities of cooperatives, HUB can help cooperatives become more productive and efficient, helping to assure their sustainability as well as that of their members and other providers in the value chain.

Input manufacturers that provide credit to smallholder farmers can use HUB’s agri-lending suite, farmer management, and farmer communication features to better identify, assess and monitor customers purchasing inputs on credit. They can expand their market by cost-effectively identifying, assessing and monitoring potential customers who need financing to purchase supplies.

Progress to date

Harvesting and the HUB Digital Platform has empowered over 5,000 farmers, giving them actionable insight on crop activity and connecting them to other providers in the agriculture value chain.

Harvesting are working with CGAP (WorldBank) on a funded pilot project with Pride Uganda that resulted in the country’s first credit risk scoring system. FMO, the Dutch development bank, is helping to fund a pilot project with Maha MFI in Myanmar. ILO funded a pilot study in India. Mercy Corps Social Ventures recently became an investor to help the development and deployment of the HUB worldwide.

MimosaTEK


MimosaTEK is an Internet of Things precision agriculture solution that helps farmers improve their irrigation and farming practices. MimosaTEK’s vision is to build an information platform to improve the lives and livelihoods of farmers by transforming experience-based farming activities into information-driven activities.

MimosaTEK provides the technology for both agricultural companies and smallholder farmers.

Capability and features

Farmers can apply the solution to optimize irrigation and fertigation activities on farms. This allows them to optimize water, electricity and fertilizer usage, achieve optimum crop yield and provide full traceability to their commercial partners

Traders can use traceability data of farmers using the technology to manage the supply chain and to inform the end consumers.

Governments can sponsor technology for farmers, which improves their supply chain management and improve farming quality in their region. Governments can also make use of data from weather stations to help farmers in the region manage their crops more efficiently.

Progress to date

Achievements:

MimosaTEK was the first Vietnamese organization that won the Securing Water For Food Challenge 2017 organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Government of South Africa (DST), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (MFA-NL). MimosaTEK was also the winner of Seedstars World Vietnam 2016 and Venture Cup Vietnam 2015.

Over 692 farmers have been assisted so far, and the team are currently developing affordable soil sensor nodes to send data directly to the internet and data readings from smartphones.

Ricult


About

Ricult improves the lives of smallholder farmers in Thailand through a data-driven mobile platform that helps farmers improve farming productivity and reduce cost, resulting in higher income. Leveraging machine learning to model weather forecast, soil data, and satellite imagery, Ricult provides data-driven recommendations and insights to farmers to make the best possible farming decision to increase their income. Ricult technology has been shown to

increase the farmers’ income by over 50% in Thailand. Their model is sustainable and impactful, making the app free for farmers, while using the data to empower different stakeholders such as banks to create farmers credit score and agricultural mills for supply chain monitoring.

Capability and features

Through a smartphone app, farmers can get access to key farming information such as rainfall, temperature, humidity, and sunlight forecasts. Satellite imagery to helps farmers scout for problem in the field , while social forums/chat allows farmers to ask farming/pricing questions of agronomists and other farmers.

Extension workers use the Ricult dashboard and management system to manage and monitor farmers and keep track of farmers’ data. They also receive agronomic tips & weather forecast that can be passed on to farmers.

Lenders benefit from the risk monitoring and credit score features, based on the data that farmers input and weather forecast that can have huge effect on potential crop yield. This helps lenders identify a farmers’ ability to repay a loan, as well as seeing an aggregated overview of the farmers in the portfolio. Once high risk farmers are identified, field agents can be sent to offer assistance.

Progress to date

Ricult has been awarded the best Agricultural Tech in Thailand by the Royal Thai Government,

been named the best Social Enterprise in Southeast Asia and Oceania in the Global Social Venture Competition, won the Fintech Disrupt Challenge organized by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and awarded Innovative Agribusiness by United Nations Industrial Developmental Organization.

Over 10,000 farmers have used the platform, and Ricult has partnerships with large banks, telecommunications companies, and a range of large agricultural institutions.

Ricult’s next step is to open the platform to all of Thailand and Pakistan.

eService Everywhere


About

SourceTrace software solutions  provide complete visibility from field to market and tracks the value chain at the source – even in remote, low bandwidth environments. eService Everywhere (ESE™) helps to capture all interactions at the touchpoints of the smallholder farmers at the field level for enhanced traceability and improved accountability of the value chain. SourceTrace Systems ESE™ platform sets the industry standard for mobile applications in remote and low-bandwidth environments.

Capability and features

SourceTrace is a SaaS solution targeted for organizations such as farmer cooperatives, Farmer Producer Organizations, Agribusinesses, Financial Institutions, Government and development organizations – all of whom are working with a group of farmers. The field staff, extension workers or lead farmers of these organizations use the mobile application in the field to conduct transactions, collect data and disseminate data.  The data is aggregated in the server to assist the operational and senior managers for reporting and aid in their decision making to improve the overall value chain efficiency including the farmer productivity.

For example, SourceTrace has provided the traceability solution fororganic cotton value chain all the way from farm to the brands. This traceability has helped the farmers to fetch premium price and thus increased their profits. ESETM Aqua solution is deployed for shrimp farming along with traceability, which again fetches premium price for the farmers.

Progress to date

SourceTrace was the winner of the mBillionth Awards SouthAsia 2018, the Gold Winner of the App Design Awards Asia-2015 as well as the Agri Startup Winner in 2018.

To date, SourceTrace solutions have impacted nearly   one million farmers in 24 countries..

SourceTrace started developing blockchain-based solutions for agriculture value chain traceability and financial transactions These solutions will be shortly deployed for Fruit and Vegetable Value Chain Management in Haiti supported by Worldbank.

Blockchain for good


About

FairChain aims to create a shared value chain with positive externalities for all involved. FairChain implements blockchain technology in cocoa, coffee and tea supply chains. All actors in the chain become players in the same ecosystem, enabling those who traditionally have the least power to become a CEO of their own product. Farmers earn living income, while B2B and B2C customers decide how much they pay the producer and what they pay a premium for. The blockchain platform is developed by a FairChain IT team icw UNDP, KrypC, using the Stellar platform, with features including tokenization, farmer digital payments and precision agriculture.

Capability and features

Retail customers will receive a physical BLT token in their product packages and will be able to scan the token (that represents a monetary value of €0.50 cents). This takes them to the FairChain website, where the customer can choose to either Redeem the token (use it as a discount for their next purchase) or Share the token with to one of our three impact projects on Ecological, Economical or Healthcare level.

With a web app, all players in the value chain log data, e.g. coffee volume, price, processing/transaction costs, date, time, location, handler. This creates transparency and traceability as well as supply chain efficiency. FairChain redistributes value in the chain, e.g. enabling customers to pay a premium to a farmer for producing high quality, or for achieving an impact target like education.

Farmers are able to et online with their own digital identity, managing harvest forecast and results, eventually negotiating directly with customers, and receiving price premium for quality and impact targets.

NGOs receive full insight in real coffee value chain, giving them an opportunity to implement a ‘beyond certification’ solution on a large scale. In the future there will be an application where NGO’s can upload specific impact projects, for example “X amount of BP measurements in Ethiopia”, and customers can gift their token to that specific project and receive performance based confirmation of the project they supported. NGO’s will have to first perform before the smart contract will deposit the tokens in their wallet. The received tokens can then be exchanged to Fiat currency.

Progress to date

To date, over 3,000 farmers have been impacted by FairChain.

FairChain has partnerships with UNDP, FAO, RVO (NL) Dutch Embassy Ethiopia and KrypC

The team are currently replicating the Limu, Ethiopia pilot large scale Ecuador cocoa sector, chain-wide deployment.

Tanijoy


About

Tanijoy is a sharia agriculture investment platform that empowers local smallholder farmers through investments, end-to-end technical assistance. This creates easier access to the market, enhancing farmers’ livelihoods. Lenders receive frequent investment updates, and farmers receive easy access to capital and support.

Capability and features

Investors uses the technology to maintain their investment project regularly. Tanijoy provides them a dashboard to see their project make progress and communicate with the farmer.

Tanijoy have a dedicated field manager in each area, who assists farmers with their daily activities.

Tanijoy generates revenue from a platform fee (3% of profit), and shares profit with the investor and farmer after selling the crops.

Progress to date

Tanijoy currently has USD210k investment under management, and 640 farmers benefitting from the program. Tanijoy plans to canalize more than USD 100M funds from investors to more than 50,000 creditworthy farmers in 2022.

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