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NextGen Advisory: Digital Advisory tool for Farmers

Empowering Farmers with Digital Guidance The NextGen Advisory is an online advisory tool, a comprehensive decision support system designed to provide site-specific fertilizer recommendations for key crops in Ethiopia, such as maize, teff, and wheat. It integrates hyper-localized data and tailored approaches to address specific household needs under the integrated soil fertility management plus (ISFM+) framework. Additionally, the tool offers crucial climate information services to guide farmers on optimal planting dates and fertilizer application timings. By leveraging various technologies and machine learning algorithms, this tool aims to enhance agricultural productivity and sustainability by delivering precise, actionable advisories directly to farmers.

Pre-validated 8•7 4

Trace: FairFood Traceability Solutions

Easy-to-use solution for food traceability Fairfood offers advanced tracking solutions through Trace technology, enabling agricultural and food-related companies to transparently showcase the exact origins of their products. This technology empowers companies to openly provide evidence supporting claims of product sustainability, facilitating transparency and accountability. Whether through public disclosure or inclusion on product packaging, Trace technology enhances trust by giving consumers verifiable insights into the journey and sustainability practices associated with the products they choose.

Pre-validated 9•7 3

Turbocrop: Field crop plant establishment biostimulant

Specialized biostimulant for root development and vegetative growth on field crops Turbocrop stands as a specialized biostimulant, strategically crafted to elevate root development and stimulate vegetative growth across crops. The formulation is tailored to fortify plants against abiotic stressors, encompassing extreme temperatures, drought conditions, and nutrient deficiencies. Its multifaceted benefits include enhanced root architecture, optimized nutrient utilization, and holistic support for robust plant growth, ultimately contributing to improved crop resilience and productivity.

Pre-validated 9•9 5 Cost: $$$

GrainMate: Grain Moisture Meter

Control the moisture content of grains and reduce post-harvest losses. The lack of precise moisture content measurement increases the risk of mold growth, insect infestation, and aflatoxin contamination during storage, resulting in significant losses for farmers and aggregators, up to 30% of the produced grains. In sub-Saharan Africa, farmers face challenges due to the unavailability and high cost of moisture meters. Consequently, they rely on traditional, subjective methods like biting and tossing kernels, which can lead to inaccurate measurements. Poultry farmers using high-moisture grains experience reduced egg productivity and increased bird mortality. The introduction of affordable and accessible grain moisture meter technology is crucial to address these issues and improve overall grain quality management.

Pre-validated 8•7 3 Cost: $$$ ROI: $$$

Integrated Management of Insects, Diseases and Weeds in Wheat

Balanced Protection for Sustainable Harvests Integrated Management of Insects, Diseases, and Weeds in Wheat (IPM) is an approach designed to minimize the use of chemical pesticides while maximizing natural control mechanisms for pests. It involves a combination of biological, mechanical/physical, and cultural techniques tailored to local conditions. IPM is crucial in preventing the emergence of pesticide-resistant pests, ensuring lasting crop protection, and maintaining food safety and environmental integrity.

Validated (TAAT1) 8•9 2

Conservation agriculture: Minimal Tillage and Surface Mulching of Soils

Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Farming In regions like Sub-Saharan Africa, where dry tropical conditions and diminishing soil fertility pose significant challenges to wheat production, the adoption of Minimal Tillage and Surface Mulching of Soils is paramount. Traditional farming practices, characterized by excessive tillage and minimal organic matter incorporation, have led to the degradation of crucial soil functions, including nutrient retention and water management. With dwindling water resources due to drought spells and overexploitation, Conservation Agriculture (CA) emerges as a cost-effective solution. CA enhances wheat grain yields, ensures resilience to water scarcity, and benefits both farmers' incomes and the environment by promoting soil biodiversity, reducing emissions, and sequestering carbon, making it a vital strategy for sustainable wheat production in dryland farming systems.

Validated (TAAT1) 8•7 4 Cost: $$$

Furrow Irrigated Raised Bed Wheat Production

Smart Irrigation, Bountiful Harvests Furrow Irrigated Raised Bed Wheat Production is an efficient cultivation technique that optimizes water use in wheat farming. By creating raised beds and controlled furrows, this method reduces water consumption, improves soil moisture, and enhances crop productivity. It addresses the challenge of limited freshwater supply for agriculture, making it a crucial practice for dryland wheat cultivation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Validated (TAAT1) 7•7 4 Cost: $$$

Yellow Rust and Stem Rust Resistant wheat

Rust-Resistant Wheat for a Flourishing Future The development of "Yellow Rust and Stem Rust Resistant wheat" technology is a critical response to the devastating impact of these fungal diseases on wheat production in Sub-Saharan Africa. These diseases have historically caused severe yield losses and the rapid spread of virulent strains, such as the Ug99 stem rust, has further exacerbated the problem. The introduction of rust-resistant wheat varieties, through collaborative efforts like those of ICARDA and national partners, plays a vital role in preventing disease outbreaks, safeguarding wheat crops, and ultimately enhancing food security in key wheat-producing regions.

Validated (TAAT1) 7•7 2

Hello Tractor: Contract mechanization apps

Enhance crop productivity, reduce labour costs, and increase incomes with Hello Tractor - the digital platform revolutionizing agricultural mechanization in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the rental of mechanized agricultural equipment like sensors, robots, and tractors to farmers by service companies and private owners is increasing. However, small-scale producers face challenges in accessing these technologies due to information gaps, high costs, and operational risks. Phone applications and data systems offer solutions by enabling contractors to make informed decisions, increase cost-effectiveness, and accelerate business growth. Hello Tractor, a power equipment sharing application, exemplifies this innovation. It connects tractor owners and smallholder farmers, facilitating collaborative consumption through a marketplace where farmers can request and pay for services via SMS and mobile wallets. Data supports various functions, including credit scoring, market intelligence, risk management, and flexible loan repayment structures tailored to crop production seasons and cash flows.

Validated (TAAT1) 7•8 4 Cost: $$$

Combine Harvesters and Fleet Management

Efficient Harvesting Combine harvesters are versatile agricultural machines capable of performing multiple harvest operations in a single process. They come in various sizes to cater to different farming needs, handling crops like wheat, maize, rice, soybean, and more. Efficient management and fleet selection are crucial for optimizing performance and minimizing costs. These machines significantly reduce grain losses and labor expenses, making them essential for wheat farming and increasing production in labor-scarce areas.

Validated (TAAT1) 8•8 2 Cost: $$$

PICS: Hermetic Bags for Safe Storage of grain

Low cost storage technologies for grain Large post-harvest losses of bean occurs across Sub-Sahara Africa because of improper storage techniques resulting in pest infestation that threatens the food security and livelihoods of farmers. As a result, farmers may opt to sell their produce immediately after harvest when market prices are at their lowest as a risk avoidance strategy. Grain storage pests such as weevils (bruchids) can be controlled by physical, chemical and biological methods. Some of the physical methods include use of hermitic storage bags and containers. The hermetic storage technology for grains avoids grain damage using sealed bags that prevents movement of air and moisture. The bags preserve the quality of grains and obstruct the entry of insects and microbial organisms through depletion of oxygen levels and accumulation of carbon dioxide. These conditions prevent damage by insects like weevils, moths and mites, curb development of fungi like aflatoxin that contaminate the grain, and maintain the taste and color characteristics of food. Hermitic bags allow for storage of grain without the need to apply chemicals.

Validated (TAAT1) 9•9 3 Cost: $$$ ROI: $$$

Hessian Fly Resistant Wheat Varieties

Reduce wheat losses due to Hessian fly and increase yield The Hessian Fly Resistant Wheat Varieties technology addresses a critical threat to wheat production in North Africa and parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. The Hessian fly, a destructive pest, causes substantial losses by laying eggs on wheat leaves, leading to larvae that form protective structures. These resistant wheat varieties offer a natural defence, providing the most effective control method. By adopting this technology, farmers can safeguard their crops from severe damage, ensuring stable wheat production. Crop surveillance and extension messaging further optimize the use of these invaluable varieties, securing food security in affected regions.

Validated (TAAT1) 8•8 3 Cost: $$$ ROI: $$$

Flour Milling and Blending Systems: Flour Milling and Blending Systems

Produce a premium wheat flour close to production areas The technology of Flour Milling and Blending Systems is crucial for enhancing the value of wheat produced by farmers and traders. It allows the grinding of wheat into flour, enabling its storage for several months and utilization in various food products such as bread, biscuits, cakes, porridges, and pasta. By transitioning from manual to advanced milling and blending systems, these technologies facilitate the production of high-quality wheat flour that meets consumer preferences. The implementation of these systems, available in various sizes from local and international manufacturers, enables the creation of premium flour closer to the production areas. This not only reduces transportation costs but also extends the shelf life of the flour, ensuring better access to local and national markets. Empowering rural communities with milling and blending capabilities promotes increased output, adds value to local products, and enhances the competitiveness of African wheat producers, thereby enabling them to better compete with imported products.

Validated (TAAT1) 7•7 2 Cost: $$$ ROI: $$$

Heat and Drought Tolerant Wheat Varieties:

Wheat cultivation in high temperature regions Heat and drought tolerant wheat varieties combat heat stress and drought challenges on wheat production in sub-Saharan Africa. Conventional wheat crops in regions like Sudan often yield only 2 tonnes/ha which worsens with increasing temperature, reducing productivity by 3 to 10% or even 34% respectively with 1°C and 4 ° C more. On the other hand, heat-tolerant wheat varieties can withstand temperatures 4°C higher than standard varieties. Farmers growing these varieties can achieve more stable and higher yields, often reaching up to 6 tonnes/ha.

Validated (TAAT1) 7•8 4 Cost: $$$