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The Agri-Tech Catalyst offers funding for private sector/academic collaborative research and development projects, to deliver innovation in agriculture and food systems in Africa. All projects must include a partner from an eligible African country.

There is up to £5 million of funding available from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through Round 9 of this competition for early-stage feasibility studies, mid stage industrial research and late-stage experimental development. Projects must work on agri-tech and food chain innovations with partners in eligible African countries. The aim of this competition is to increase the pace of innovation in the development of agricultural and food systems in Africa. Your project must result in more use of innovations by farmers and food systems organisations such as manufacturers, processors, retailers, distributors and wholesalers.

Round 9 of funding from the Catalyst opened on 14th October 2019 and closes on 8th January 2020. The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) hosted a Competition Briefing and Networking Event for organisations developing projects for the Agri-Tech Catalyst on 24th October 2019 in Birmingham.


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Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 9 - Competition Briefing and Networking Event

  1. 1. Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 9: agriculture and food systems innovation Briefing & Consortia Building event 24th October 2019, Birmingham #AgriTechCatalyst
  2. 2. Introduction to the Event Lucy Mather Knowledge Transfer Manager (Agri-Food), KTN
  3. 3. Housekeeping
  4. 4. Time 10.00 – 10.10 Introduction to the workshop 10.10 – 10.55 Innovate UK Overview AgriTech Catalyst Round 9 scope & rules Key Opportunities and needs in Africa and DFID requirements 10.55 – 11.15 Q&A 11.15 – 11.30 What makes a good application Introduction to meeting mojo 11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break 12.00 – 12.45 Facilitated networking activities 12.45 – 13.45 Lunch 13.45 – 14.05 Case Study 14.05 – 15.00 Delegate pitches 15.00 – 16.30 Meeting mojo and networking 16.30 Close Agenda
  5. 5. KTN – Industry & Technology sectors Materials Chemistry Environmental Services Agri-Food Biosciences Medical Biotechnology Health ICT Electronics, Sensors & Phototonics Defence & Security Space Built Environment Transport Energy Creative Industries Digital Economy Design Emerging Technologies, H2020, International, Access to Finance, Design, Manufacturing, Sustainability
  6. 6. How do we help you succeed… Partnering Access to a network of industry & research partners, help to find partners for projects, consortia building, commercial partners Funding Help with finding & obtaining funding Organising events For knowledge transfer & collaboration Strategic work Strategy Reports, Roadmaps, International Expert Missions, Special Interest Groups Information & News Up-to-date – newsletters, website, social media
  7. 7. Event overview Aims of today’s event: 1) Better understand competition objectives, scope and rules 2) Plenty of opportunities to network and develop ideas and partnerships for the competition - Pitch presentations - Networking and consortia building sessions - What makes a good project and examples of previously funded projects - Speak with funders Overall – Help you be successful!
  8. 8. Event overview How to find potential collaborators ‒ Identify people during pitch presentations and networking session ‒ See delegate list for capabilities offered/requested ‒ Ask a KTN staff member ‒ Meeting Mojo - Speak to as many people as possible!
  9. 9. LinkedIn group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8766913/
  10. 10. Thank you for your attention #AgriTechCatalyst Register for KTN Agri-Food newsletters: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/newsletter
  11. 11. Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 9 Agriculture and food systems innovation
  12. 12. Lucy Mather – Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Simon Baty – Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Chris Danks – Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Kathryn Miller – Innovation Lead, Innovate UK Duncan Barker – Livelihoods Advisor, Department for International Development (DFID) Welcome
  13. 13. Innovate UK Introduction and current funding opportunities
  14. 14. We work with the government to invest over £7 billion a year in research and innovation by partnering with academia and industry to make the impossible, possible. Through the UK’s nine leading academic and industrial funding councils, we create knowledge with impact.
  15. 15. Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success. Innovate UK To stay competitive as an advanced economy, we need to do things that others cannot do, or to do things in different and better ways.
  16. 16. UK Research and Innovation Industry strategy challenge fund objectives • Increased UK business investment in R&D and improved R&D capability and capacity • Increased multi- and interdisciplinary research • Increased business-academic engagement on innovation activities • Increased collaboration between younger, smaller companies and larger more established companies, connecting up value chains (or networks) • Increased overseas investment in R&D in the UK
  17. 17. Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Wave 1 Leading-Edge Healthcare Challenge (including Medicines Mfg) up to £188m National Satellite Test Facility up to £99m Next Gen. Affordable Lightweight Materials Mfg (ATI projects) up to £26m Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV projects) up to £38m Robotics and AI in extreme environments Challenge up to £93m Faraday Battery Challenge up to £246m
  18. 18. Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Wave 2 Data to early diagnosis and precision medicine (up to £196m) Healthy ageing (up to £98m) Next generation services (up to£20m) Audience of the future (up to £33m) Quantum technology (up to £20m) Transforming construction (up to £170m) Prospering from the energy revolution (up to £102.5m) Transforming food production (up to £90m)
  19. 19. UK Research and Innovation Transforming Food Production • Accelerating the development and adoption of integrated precision approaches to improve productivity in agricultural systems • Enable food to be produced in ways that more efficient, resilient and sustainable • Driving economic growth across the country Towards net zero emissions productive food systems by 2040
  20. 20. UK Research and Innovation 1. Create integrated data-driven solutions to drive primary agricultural productivity whilst driving towards net zero emissions 2. Embed adoption of precision approaches to bridge the productivity gap, strengthening connections between researchers, businesses and practitioners 3. Stimulate the establishment of novel high value production systems to position UK technologies at the forefront of new industries. 4. Drive growth in UK precision technology companies, creating high value jobs and adding value in the UK agricultural value chain. 5. Develop export opportunities and increase investment into UK research and innovation. Transforming food production: objectives
  21. 21. UK Research and Innovation large scale, ambitious, integrated and data-driven solutions £20 million available multidisciplinary projects with diverse collaborations
  22. 22. UK Research and Innovation Future Food Production Systems In scope A broad church of technologies: • indoor growing systems • aquaculture, including deep water algal culture • new food sources, including: insects fermentation based systems • others Out of scope Mainly non-food production systems: • equine • amenity horticulture • wild caught fisheries
  23. 23. UK Research and Innovation FFPS – What should projects look like … B L T C S Business led Large £1 million to £10 million Transforming Collaborative Short 24 – 33 months
  24. 24. UK Research and Innovation Future Food Production Systems - timeline 16 Sep – Competition opens 03 Oct – Update London 08 Oct – Briefing Edinburgh 23 Oct – Briefing Birmingham Late Nov – Collaboration event 28 Feb – Invitation to interview 16 Mar – Interview 28 Mar - Notification 22 Jan – Competition closes Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan 20 Feb Mar Apr
  25. 25. • Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. • Your application must include at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). • Your project must start by June 2020 and end no later than June 2023. • Projects can last between 6 and 36 months • Total project costs can range from £25k to £2million Opened: 17 October 2019 Closes: 8 January 2020 SMART grants
  26. 26. Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Technology Accelerator Programme £15m Innovation Awards Early stage awards to build and extend UK capabilities for African AgriFood challenges £800k Dissemination and Collaboration Activity £2m Skills Training £7m Industry focussed CR&D To support investment in the ATC R8 £6.5m* R9 £3m* R10 £2.5m* Intnl Knowledge Transfer To embed new capability in African businesses to help them grow £7m Programme running from 2019 – 2023/24 Capacity building Missions and outreach: To enhance understanding of African needs across the Agri-Food supply chain Collaboration events: UK and Africa events and workshops to foster collaboration Seeding Awards Academic pump-prime grants for existing grant recipients (BBSRC delivering) £1m Demo. activities Late Stage only £2m *see AgriTech Catalyst funding summary
  27. 27. • GCRF AgriFood Africa Awards aim to encourage UK research partners, including Universities and Research Technology Organisations (RTOs), to address AgriFood challenges in Africa. • Up to £800k will be available to support a maximum of 20 Awards – Round 1 opening Dec 2019 (date tbc) • Projects must be between an African partner and a UK research partner that is likely to lead to a longer-term relationship and follow-on projects, particularly in further rounds of the Agri-Tech Catalyst • The grants are up to £40,000 awarded to the UK research partner to tackle a problem relevant to the African partner(s), for projects up to 12 months • Scope includes: • primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture • improving the availability and accessibility of safe, healthy and nutritious foods • challenges in food processing, distribution or storage, and value addition (such as through a change in the physical state or form of the product) • non-food uses of crops, excluding ornamentals and crops for energy use GCRF AgriFood Awards
  28. 28. Agri-Tech Catalyst Introduction and scope
  29. 29. Agri-Tech Strategy • Launched 22 July 2013 • Aims to improve the translation of research into practical application for agriculture and related industries in UK and overseas • £160M government investment over 5yrs: • Agri-tech Catalyst (£70m) • Centres for Agricultural Innovation (£90m) – Agri-Tech Centres
  30. 30. Agri-Tech CentresAgri Tech Centres - CHAP – Centre for Crop Health and Protection - Agri-EPI – Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre - Agrimetrics - CIEL – Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock
  31. 31. - £70m investment to support agricultural innovations across 6 rounds (126 projects) - Funding for collaborative projects, taking innovative ideas from any sector or discipline to tackle challenges in agriculture & provide an economic boost to the UK - £60m has been invested through Innovate UK and BBSRC - £10m invested by DFID to support transfer of technology and new products to developing countries - In October 2018, the MOU between DFID and Innovate UK was amended and increased ODA funding to total £20m, supporting three more competitions (R7 - 9) To date
  32. 32. • £10m investment to support competitions including rounds 7 onwards • £15m additional funding through GCRF from round 8 onwards Timeline: ₋ Round 9 – 14 October 2019 – 8 January 2020 (this competition) ₋ Round 10 – To be confirmed, provisional open date April 2020 ₋ Round 11 – To be confirmed, provisional open date March 2021 Latest funding available
  33. 33. DFID and the Agri-Tech Catalyst
  34. 34. - DFID is investing in the Agri-Tech Catalyst to test whether it can increase the pace of development and scale of uptake of agriculture and food systems innovations in Africa by and for: - farmers/livestock keepers; or - food systems actors (such as manufacturers, processors, retailers, distributors or wholesalers). - 75% of the poorest people are rural; depend on agriculture, livestock, forestry and fisheries for their livelihoods. - Innovation in developing country agriculture, particularly in Africa is low, and new innovation and technology is needed to tackle emerging threats such as climate change and pests and diseases. - To improve nutrition for all in both rural and growing urban areas, we need to make changes not only in how food is grown and produced, but also how it is processed, transported, marketed and consumed. DFID and the Catalyst
  35. 35. - Projects must show the potential to deliver impact for poor people through the uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation - Scope of the Catalyst includes: - primary crop and livestock production including aquaculture - non-food uses of crops, excluding ornamentals - challenges in downstream food processing, distribution or storage and value addition - Improving availability and accessibility of safe, healthy and nutritious foods - Your project’s innovations must: - be sustainable in the context of environmental challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity - minimise negative effects such as pollution, food losses and waste Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 9: Scope
  36. 36. - The following are priorities for DFID funding. You could consider focusing on one or more themes, but note this list is not exhaustive: - integrating smallholders into global and local supply chains - meeting quality standards and improving productivity - increasing the value of production to smallholders - innovation that supports food systems to deliver nutritious, healthy and safe food - control of crop pests, weeds and diseases - reducing food losses ‘post-farm gate’ and through the value chain - addressing food safety issues through the value chain - addressing challenges in downstream food processing, distribution or storage and value addition - new food technologies and data-driven food systems, including for urban areas Specific Themes of Interest
  37. 37. - Official Development Assistance (ODA) is defined as flows to countries and territories on the DAC List of ODA Recipients - Only research directly and primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries may be counted as ODA - This includes research into tropical pests, diseases, livestock and crops for developing country conditions. - The costs may still be counted as ODA if the research is carried out in a developed country. www.oecd.org/investment/stats/34086975.pdf Official Development Assistance and Research
  38. 38. Official Development Assistance and Research - ODA eligibility is a key component of the assessment process. - Applications must clearly demonstrate that they propose work that will benefit agriculture and food systems in Africa and how they will deliver this benefit. - During the lifetime of a project, it may not impact large numbers of people, but proposals must show how a project will build a pathway to future development impact. - There can be benefits to the UK – companies/researchers – but this must be secondary in nature. - Activities in the UK must clearly be for challenges in Africa, not for the UK market.
  39. 39. Taken from the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition Agriculture and Food Systems - To improve nutrition for all, we need to make changes in the food we produce, and how it is processed, transported, marketed and consumed. - The food environment from which consumers should be able to create healthy diets is influenced by four domains of economic activity: - Agricultural production - Markets and trade systems - Consumer purchasing power - Food transformation and consumer demand
  40. 40. Eligibility Criteria
  41. 41. Types of project Market readiness
  42. 42. Eligibility Criteria Project Eligibility • must be collaborative • must include a partner from an eligible African country, who can be the technical lead • must include a UK-based administrative lead • must be carried out in the UK or an eligible African country or both • must include at least one business in the consortium Project costs • Early stage feasibility studies: £100,000 to £500,000, 12 to 18 months. • Mid stage industrial research: £250,000 to £1 million, up to 3 years. • Late stage experimental development: £150,000 to £800,000, up to 18 months. Projects must start by 1 July 2020
  43. 43. Eligibility Criteria Early Mid Late Stage ü Feasibility ü Industrial ü Experimental development Administrative Lead ü Recipient of award ü Manage and be accountable for the project’s finances ü UK registered business of any size, academic institution, charity, public sector or research organisation ü Recipient of award ü Manage and be accountable for the project’s finances ü UK registered business of any size Technical Lead ü Lead on the development of the scope and work packages ü Can be partner organisation from any country ü Business of any size, academic institution, charity, public sector or research organisation ü Lead on the development of the scope and work packages ü Can be partner organisation from any country ü Be a business (of any size) ü Lead on the development of the scope and work packages ü Business of any size from any country ü Can be administrative lead if a UK organisation
  44. 44. Angola Benin Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo (Brazzaville) Congo, Democratic Republic of Côte d'Ivoire Eritrea Ethiopia Gambia, The Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mozambique Niger Nigeria Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa South Sudan Sudan Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe Eligible Countries
  45. 45. For Early Stage feasibility studies and industrial research awards, you could get up to: • 70% of eligible project costs for micro or small business • 60% for medium-sized business • 50% for large business For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get up to: • 45% of eligible project costs for micro or small business • 35% for medium-sized business • 25% for large business Grant intervention rates for business
  46. 46. • For early-stage feasibility studies and mid stage industrial research projects the total costs for your research partners must not exceed 50% of the total project costs • If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them • For late stage experimental development projects: research base partners cannot claim funding but can participate as subcontractors. • Universities can claim 100% (80% of Full Economic Costs) • Other research organisations can claim 100% of their project costs • Public Sector Organisation or Charity can claim 100% of their project costs Research partner participation rules
  47. 47. Key Information £5 million available across three strands • Open - 14 October 2019 • Close - 8 January 2020 • Applicants notified - 3 April 2020 • Projects start - 1 July 2020 Find out more • 24 October - Briefing event Birmingham • 30 October - Competition briefing • 6 November - Theme-specific webinars (crop, livestock, food systems/nutrition)
  48. 48. Application Process
  49. 49. Search for a funding competition and review criteria
  50. 50. Applicant: create an account • To create your account: • UK based businesses - Use Companies House lookup as it speeds up our checks by providing your company number and your are unable to enter it at a later date • Research organisations, academics & Universities - Enter your information manually so you’re not listed as a business on IFS and ensure you receive the correct funding
  51. 51. • Application Team • Collaborators: Invite organisations who you are working with on the project • Contributors: Invite colleagues from your own organisation to help you complete your application • Application Details • Title, Timescales, Research Category, Innovation Area & Resubmission (y/n) • Project Summary • Short summary and objectives of the project including what is innovative about it • Public Description • Description of your project which will be published if you are successful • Scope • How does your project align with the scope of this competition? • If your project is not in scope, it will be ineligible for funding Project Details
  52. 52. Application Questions Application form Question 1 Business opportunity Question 2 Market opportunity Question 3 Project results Question 4 Official development assistance (ODA) Question 5 International development (gender equality) act Question 6 Technical approach Question 7 Innovation Question 8 Risk Question 9 Project team Question 10 Financial commitment Question 11 Added value Appendix Q6 Appendix Q9 Appendix Q8 Appendix Q4 Detailed Guidance Available on IFS
  53. 53. Assessment
  54. 54. Application Assessment • All applications are assessed by independent assessors drawn from industry, academia and international development backgrounds • What do they look for? • Clear and concise answers • The right amount of information • not too much detail • no assumptions • Quantification and justification • A proposal that presents a viable opportunity for growth, a level of innovation that necessitates public sector investment, has potential for significant impact for developing countries you are working in and has the right team and approach to be successful Keep your assessors engaged and interested in your proposal. You want them to be fascinated and excited by your idea!
  55. 55. Assessor Feedback
  56. 56. Customer Support Services: 0300 321 4357 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm) support@innovateuk.ukri.org Knowledge Transfer Network: www.ktn-uk.co.uk Innovate UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk Contact Us
  57. 57. @InnovateUK Innovate UKInnovate UK
  58. 58. Good Proposal Guide - Hints and Tips Simon Baty
  59. 59. • Advice on most appropriate scheme • Assistance to help you be successful – Finding the right partners – Presentations/Guidance documents – One-one advice – Review of draft proposals – contact us early; must receive draft >1 week before deadline What’s available through the KTN? Funding: help in finding and obtaining funding Transforming Food Production 2018 Of the 31 funded projects: • 25 attended briefing event/webinar • 10 received feedback on their application from KTN agri-food team • The total value of these 10 projects is >£8.8m.
  60. 60. A strong business case A credible plan for Research and Development The right consortium A clear need for support (Risk) Innovation Alignment to the competition scope –must show the potential to have a positive impact on poverty through the uptake of agricultural and food systems technology innovation The points on these slides are not in the order of the application questions and do not cover all the questions in the guidance document. They are intended to help in the formulation of good proposal ideas A Good Proposal Has:
  61. 61. What is the need or benefit that this project will address? What is the current market like (size, dynamics etc.)? Describe the route to market. How will the project increase the pace of innovation in the development of agricultural and food systems in Africa? What will be the wider benefits? – ODA criteria and Gender equality • These may be economic, social, environmental etc. A Strong Business Case
  62. 62. Outcome focussed research R & D: Make sure there is enough time for D within the project Provide sufficient detail to be able to judge the quality and feasibility of the technical plan and the value for money • WP No. & Name, Partners involved, timeline (e.g. M0-12), Description of activity, Milestone Demonstrate the necessary skills and resources are available Provide a clear/simple management structure & plan A Credible Plan for R&D
  63. 63. Horizontal or vertical consortia (or both) possible Why these partners? – what makes this a particularly strong consortium? Are there any obvious gaps in the consortia that will be key to outcomes and delivery? Show how all the partners have an active role to play and how each benefits in some way (No “passengers”) The Right Consortium
  64. 64. Explain why the project would not go ahead (or would be delayed or reduced in scope) without funding: • Have you explained and justified why you are not funding the project yourselves? • Have you explained how the project would be undertaken differently with AgriTech Catalyst investment? A realistic prospect of success, but sufficient uncertainty that there is still need for research and development A clear need for support
  65. 65. “funders recognise that projects of this type are inherently risky, but seek assurance that projects have adequate arrangements for managing this risk”. Explain the risks and how these will be mitigated – ‒ Technical (including regulatory) ‒ Commercial ‒ Managerial ‒ Environmental Use the format: Risk, Rating (High/Medium/Low), Mitigation State risk management tools e.g. risk register A clear need for support (2) RISK
  66. 66. Show how your project is commercially/scientifically innovative (in a global context). Explain how the project pushes boundaries beyond current leading-edge science and technology, and/or it is looking to apply existing technologies in new areas Provide evidence to support this, i.e. results of ‒ Patent searches ‒ Competitor analyses ‒ Literature surveys Detail current IP, & strategy for protecting new IP Innovation
  67. 67. Agree key points of the collaboration agreement before you waste too much time on an idea that won’t fly Be clear, concise and realistic Do not assume assessors are experts in your subject Provide evidence wherever possible ‒ e.g. of market data, of track record or of patent searches & reference these (e.g. Defra, 2018) General Tips
  68. 68. Stress the added value of the funding applied for and the excellent value for money Explain the financing – Break down & justify Check ALL deadlines (competition closes at Noon) Start discussing, planning and writing ASAP Do not leave it too late to ask questions or submit! Write a proposal that excites and inspires General Tips – 2
  69. 69. KTN guide to writing a successful funding application Access a copy here: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/news/how-to-prepare- the-best-application-for-grant-competitions General tips - 3
  70. 70. Support – Innovate UK
  71. 71. Contact us at an early stage to discuss: -Project ideas -Partners -Funding Keep in regular contact Getting the most from the KTN
  72. 72. LinkedIn Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8766913/
  73. 73. Thank you for your attention Register for KTN newsletters: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/register #TransformingFoodProduction
  74. 74. Coffee break – back at 12pm #TransformingFoodProduction
  75. 75. Facilitated networking activities
  76. 76. Round table introductions 1) Who I am and Who I work for 2) What I do/my organisation does 3) Why I am here e.g. - What I am looking for - What I can offer to others
  77. 77. Lunch – back at 1.45pm #TransformingFoodProduction
  78. 78. Case Study #TransformingFoodProduction
  79. 79. @@CIELivestock1 Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock www.CIELivestock.co.uk DfID Agri-Tech Catalyst R9 Development of a novel diagnostic test for Contagious Pleuropneumonia disease Kasi McReddie | 24 October 2019
  80. 80. Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock Overview • CIEL – who are we? • Project Background – why is CBPP/CCPP a problem? • Building the project – finding the right partners • Project plan & deliverables • Summary of progress • Learnings
  81. 81. Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock CIEL Overview Strateg y Launched 22 July 2013 Aim to improve translation of research into practical application for agriculture and related industries in UK and overseas £160M government investment over 5yrs: Agri-tech Catalyst (£70m) Centres for Agricultural Innovation (£90m) = Agri-Tech Centres
  82. 82. Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock Introduction to CIEL CIEL Government BEIS, IUK, Defra, Health CIEL Board Academic partners 12 Universities & Institutions Farming associations: e.g. NFUs, HCC, QMS Industry Retailers, processors, farmers, farm supply sector Public / Consume r groups Agri- Tech Centres CIEL provides a central hub for industry, academia and government CIEL Overview
  83. 83. Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock What does CIEL do? CIEL Overview Create valuable collaborations and consortia for R&D & identify funding sources Support & deliver innovative research through project management & KE services Improve research facilities & expertise Act as advocates for livestock sector
  84. 84. Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock Contagious pleuropneumonia Affected Zebu - Source: Cirad
  85. 85. Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock Contagious pleuropneumonia • Ruminant disease • Affects respiratory organs • Endemic in sub-Saharan Africa • High mortality rate of <80% • Economic impact - £1.1bn pa • No vaccines available • Existing testing requires skilled individuals and lab facilities • Well documented challenge Test for causative pathogen (Mycoplasma mycoides mycoides) XXXX Test
  86. 86. Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock Project Building 1) Understanding the real- world problem 2) Finding a solution provider 3) Forming a consortium and preparing the grant application
  87. 87. Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock Project Partners Project management & Knowledge Exchange services Trialing prototype diagnostic test with local samples Developing prototype diagnostic test CommercialisationCommercialisation Bid writing (Lead) Bid writing (Contributor) Bid writing (Contributor)
  88. 88. Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock Project Plan Complete Designing affinity probesWork Package 1 Designing detection, amplification & reporting systemsWork Package 2 Incorporating componentsWork Package 3 Control reactionsWork Package 4 Field work preparationWork Package 5 Trial of prototypeWork Package 6 Commercialisation planningWork Package 7 ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ WP0ProjectMgmt ✓ ✓
  89. 89. Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock Learnings • Projects don’t always run smoothly! • Cultural differences in attitude to reporting • Don’t be afraid to have very regular contact! • Intermittent wi-fi and wide geographies will impact communication • Useful to have an independent project management partner • Great willingness to make the project a success! • Focused on post-project commercialisation • Great fun to work with! • Great to be involved in a project with such a positive impact
  90. 90. @@CIELivestock1 Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock www.CIELivestock.co.uk Questions? kasi.mcreddie@cielivestock.co.uk 07468 496 923
  91. 91. 5 min pitches
  92. 92. Order First Name Surname Company 1 Clive Bailye TWB Farms 2 Crispin Halsall Lancaster University 3 Kate Shurgaia Powerhive 4 Liangxiu Han MMU 5 Arije Abdullahi Arije Investment Industries 6 Karen Hampson Farm Radio 7 Richard Gonzalez Sensor IT 8 Richard Randle-Boggis University of Glasgow 9 Richard Glass CHAP 10 Job Oyebisi Farmcorps 11 Ben Scott-Robinson Small Robot Company
  93. 93. Muddy Boots is a UK Technology company with solutions that improve supply chain transparency and performance in the agri- food industry An SME approx. 100 people with international offices UK Europe Australia, Kenya, China and partnerships in US Representing the Seed Assure Alliance a UK/African public and private coalition committed to bolster the African seed sector by digitizing the seed inspection, certification and trade. Stakeholders include Muddy Boots, FERA, Cellsoft, Acquity, Comessa, AATF, AFSTA, NML Details: Jonathan Evans jon.evans@muddyboots.com +44 7967 553003
  94. 94. Problem: Millions of farmers of farmers in Africa suffer low productivity because they don’t use quality certified seed Outcomes: • On farm digital tools to standardize inspection process • Data generated creates a seed lot passport foundation for traceability • Seed assurance and trust • Improvement in on farm yield, productivity and livelihoods Challenges: • High failure rate of seed in production • Inadequately qualified inspectors • Entire process paper based • Fraud, lack of trust on authenticity • Slow border movement of seed due to harmonization of standards at regional level Needs: • UK Funding to participate and support this transformative initiative • Other UK companies to support Muddy Boots and Fera with complimentary capabilities and technologies that would add value Current Status: • Seed Assure being extensively promoted at industry and governmental level across Africa significant international stakeholder traction • 12 Seed Companies participating in Field Trials using Muddy Boots proprietary solutions • McKinsey’s engaged to conduct a study to crate a long term commercial sustainability mode Solution: Digital Seed Inspection and Certification underpin seed authenticity
  95. 95. • About your company • Clive Bailye, Managing Partner TWB Farms, Founder / Director The Farming Forum • Staffordshire based Combinable crops farm at scale and contract farming . ”Soil Farmers of the year 2016” Long term Zero Tillage and conservation agriculture specialists / practitioners • SME • Contact details • Clive Balye • clive@twbfarms.co.uk • Office 01543686209 mobile 07968961730
  96. 96. 1. My Project idea • To use field scale low volume drip tape irrigation / fertigation to close the gap between best & average combinable crop yields • Possible “next step” in zero tillage, controlled traffic farm productivity • 2. What’s innovative about it? • Potential doubling of yields ? • Potential to halve synthetic input use ? • Better utilization of resources & reduced pollution • Mitigation of climate change 3. The services I can offer? • Land, long term zerotill • Professional management • 12m CTF system / RTK Network • Logistics, weighbridge, detailed historical record keeping • Knowledge transfer 4. The partners/services I seek? • Hardware / technology • Precision farming RTK specialists • Agronomy / nutrition specialists • Local / remote sensing • Quantification / reporting • Organisation /Project management • Sub surface precession irrigation and fertigation of combinable crops in a Zero Tillage conservation agriculture, controlled traffic farming system
  97. 97. • About your company • LANCASTER UNIVERSITY & ARID AGRITEC LTD (SME) • ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY & HORTICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY • Contact details • PROFESSOR CRISPIN HALSALL • c.halsall@lancaster.ac.uk • 01524 594330
  98. 98. 1. Your Project idea • HIGHLY NOVEL ALGORITHM TECHNOLOGY FOR ACCURATELY PREDICTING PESTICIDE BREAKDOWN RATES ON PROTECTED CROPS TO SAFE LEVELS. • DEVELOP ALGORITHM FOR ALL MAJOR AFRICAN SPECIFIC PESTICIDE CHEMICAL ACTIVES. • DELIVER ACCESS TO THE ALGORITHM VIA AN APP OR TEXT MESSAGE SERVICE (DEPENDENT ON LOCAL NETWORK) ENPOWERING GROWERS ACROSS THE CONTINENT TO PRODUCE SAFE CROPS. 2. What’s innovative about it? • FIRST VIABLE APPROACH IN 40 YEARS OF INDUSTRY CAPABLE OF PREDICTING PESTICIDE BREAKDOWN TIMES FOR ALL CROPS, AT ALL LOCATIONS ON EARTH UNDER ANY PROTECTIVE CROP COVER PRODUCT. • ADDRESSING LONG-TERM AND WIDE RANGING DOMESTIC FOOD SAFETY ISSUES RELATING TO CHEMICAL RESIDUES ON FRESH FOOD PRODUCE. • ADDRESSES ONE OF THE MAJOR TECHNICAL BARRIERS FOR AFRICAN FARMERS TO GLOBAL TRADE IN THEIR FRESH PRODUCE (MRLs – MAXIMUM RESIDUE LEVELS). 3. The services you can offer? • A UNIQUE QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF PESTICIDE FATE ON CROP SURFACES UNDER DIFFERENT LIGHT AND TEMPERATURE REGIMES • A BESPOKE APP-BASED SERVICE THAT PROVIDES ADVICE ON SAFE-TIME-TO- HARVEST TO AVOID UNWANTED RESIDUES ON HARVESTED CROPS • 4. The partners/services you seek? • AFRICA BASED FOOD RETAILERS • FRESH PRODUCE SUPPLY CHAIN BUSINESSES ACROSS THE CONTINENT. • REGULATORY AGENCIES WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR PESTICDE USAGE IN EDIBLE / NON EDIBLE CROPS.
  99. 99. Company name: Powerhive, SME What we do: Powerhive develops scalable, bankable, off-grid utility solutions to create a future where everyone has access to clean energy and the opportunities that come with it. Are you an SME, Large business or research organisation: Commercial SME Contact details • Chris Webb • c.webb@powerhive.com • 07786 392359
  100. 100. 1. Your Project idea • Help release the potential of farming in Kenya by testing a combination of productivity enhancing equipment and training in combination with access to financing and markets • Use the test case and knowledge gained to help farmers across Africa 2. What’s innovative about it? • We are addressing the entire value chain from planning to transporting and selling the produce •Data based approach working with farmers to use data to facilitate the entire growing process • Building upon existing customer relationships 3. The services you can offer? • 6 years of experience in rural Kenya + team of +40 people who have already piloted this concept on a smaller scale • Utilise Powerhive’s existing 2K customer relationships 4. The partners/services you seek? • Expertise in rural African farming who can help us in our drive to increase productivity using data, technology and education
  101. 101. Prof. Liangxiu Han Director of Centre for Advanced Computational Science, & Deputy Director of MMU Crime and Wellbeing Big Data Centre Email & Telephone Contact: l.han@mmu.ac.uk; 01612471225 Website: http://www2.docm.mmu.ac.uk/STAFF/L.Han/ Our expertise: Big data processing and analytics using various large datasets (e.g. images such as satellite, drone, biomedical scans, texts, sensors, etc.) with underpinning technologies: • Novel data analytics/Machine learning/AI • Novel intelligent architectures/Cloud computing/Parallel computing With big data applications to different domains (to list a few): • Precision Agriculture: Automatic Crop Disease Diagnosis -(techniques: image processing machine learning/AI/Cloud computing/mobile) -- https://youtu.be/IDTOd4G4rhA , https://youtu.be/oGqjDtbwl8Y, http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/story/index.php?id=6643 , https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/story/8539/ • Health: Automatic Glaucoma Detector (techniques: image processing, machine learning/AI)-- https://youtu.be/SnlR-3PWNAw • Energy/Smart City: Automatic Real-Time Prediction of Energy Consumption based on Occupancy Pattern for Energy Efficiency Management in Buildings-(big data/Cloud)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvpNNMp8hso
  102. 102. 1. Your Project idea • Crop disease diagnosis and monitoring using big data/AI/Drone/Mobile 2. What’s innovative about it? • A mobile-enabled drone controller which can facilitate automatic control of drone to capture imagery • Multiple data source integration and learning (Satellite, Drone, ground sensing) 3. The services you can offer? • Data integration from above the field (e.g. satellite, drone images) and within the field (e.g. data from sensors, smartphones). • Disease diagnosis and monitoring at multiple scales with immediate results & advices •A mobile-based on-device machine vision tool which can diagnose diseases in real time without needing the internet-connection in the field (over 20 disease types) 4. The partners/services you seek? • Industry partners /academic partners in Africa
  103. 103. ARIJE INVESTMENT INDUSTRISES NIGERIA LIMTED • About your company • Who are you? AgricTech, Agricultural Project Developer and Exporter • What is your business? Agribusiness and Agricultural Production • Are you an SME, Large business or research organisation? Small and Medium Entrepreneur • Contact details • Name Abdullahi Arije • Email arijeinvest@yahoo.com • Phone +234-8034467099
  104. 104. 1. Your Project idea • Using Cover Crops, in combination with other regenerative practices. • creates conditions where soils can regenerate themselves instead of eroding and/or desertifying. • The plants that cover the ground are meant to be there to protect, build, and nourish the living soil. 2. What’s innovative about it? • Reduce water and wind erosion on farmland • Shade the soil from direct sun, keeping soil temperatures down which protects carbon filled soil aggregates and the soil life that accompanies them • Protect soil from raindrops. When rain falls on cover crops, the speed of the droplets are slowed down and dispersed, allowing water to gently filter into the soil. 3. The services you can offer? • Agritech development , Agricultural project developer • Organic agricultural practices 4. The partners/services you seek? • Seeking partnership with Research Institutions or University to achieve goal of regenerative agricultural Practices Africa and Nigeria in particular
  105. 105. Farm Radio International (FRI) is a Canadian non-profit organization developing and implementing digital tools for communication, extension and change at scale. FRI works with radio stations in sub-Saharan Africa to develop and air interactive radio-based approaches tailored to support organisations and small-scale farmers in achieving different outcomes: awareness, knowledge; market linkages; adoption of good practice; and changes in attitude and behaviour. • Karen Hampson, Senior Manager, Programme Development • khampson@farmradio.org • 01497 238546
  106. 106. 1. Your Project idea -Use radio+mobile to promote new ideas/products/services among large dispersed populations •Develop franchise or social entrepreneurial impact investment model for sustainability of stations 2. What’s innovative about it? •Use of digital tools for reaching, monitoring, tracking and interacting with large populations • New funding/investment model for international development 3. The services you can offer? • Scale – reaching hundreds of thousands of radio listeners •Closed feedback loops with audiences through mobile phone integration •Communication specialists 4. The partners/services you seek? Partners who can add value to our digital services eg new tech or tools •Partners with services, products, information to promote which will support small scale farmers or radio stations •Partners with business acumen
  107. 107. • About your company • Sensor IT is an Internet of Things (IoT) technology and services provider • We develop IoT prototypes and provide consultancy services related to the implementation and design of IoT Systems • WE are a SME • Contact details • Richard Gonzalez • richardg@sensorit.co.uk • +44 7477 430 542
  108. 108. 1. Your Project idea • Design of customised, tailored to specific requirements Agriculture- related IoT prototypes 2. What’s innovative about it? • Sensor IT designs, develops and manufactures its own designs, which means they can be tailored to specific requirements, instead of the other way around 3. The services you can offer? • IoT Hardware and Software Prototype Design • IoT implementation Consultancy Services • Project Management and Delivery 4. The partners/services you seek? • Companies wishing to incorporate IoT technologies in their AgriTech submission
  109. 109. • About your company (Research group) • Research Associate – background in biology, ecology and international sustainable infrastructure • Researching hybrid food-energy systems for East Africa • Organisation type: Research Organisation • Contact details • Richard Randle-Boggis • School of Engineering • richard.randle-boggis@glasgow.ac.uk Richard Randle-Boggis University of Glasgow
  110. 110. 1. Your Project idea • What? Agrivoltaic systems: Combined, synergistic crop and energy systems. • Why? Improve livelihoods: Tackle food insecurity and improve crop yields, nutrient content, and drought resilience. • How? Bridge gaps: Address the food-energy-water nexus while avoiding land use conflicts. 2. What’s innovative about it? • Harvesting the sun twice a developing approach, in agriculture and totally new to Africa. • Integrated rainwater harvesting and energy for sustainable and productive farming operations. • Facilitates production of high-value crops and extends growing seasons in semi-arid areas challenging for agriculture. 3. The services you can offer? • An established team and pilot project site in East Africa. • Research skills to explore, understand and optimise agri- tech innovations. • Locally-relevant knowledge of agricultural challenges and operations backed by “on the ground” collaborators. 4. The partners/services you seek? • Business “know-how” to support technology uptake and exploit emerging opportunities. • Expertise in crop markets. • UK agri-tech and solar energy business partners to expand AV systems in the region.
  111. 111. Crop Health and Protection • About your company • One of the Agri-Tech centres with academic and industry partners • Developing new technologies and techniques for crop protection and production with more sustainable food production systems • We are a research organisation • Contact details • Richard Glass • richard.glass@chap-solutions.co.uk • 07866 799160
  112. 112. 1. Your Project idea • Scanning for crop stress/disease • Decision support in realtime • Biocontrol timing/application 2. What’s innovative about it? • Presymptomatic detection • Digital platform for data • Automated data collection/mapping 3. The services you can offer? • Network of academic partners • Modern research facilities • Bid writing/project management 4. The partners/services you seek? • Novel technologies to validate • Pest disease problems to control • Wanting sustainable production, IPM
  113. 113. About Your Company FarmCorps provide innovative mobile solutions to address supply chain challenges in Africa’s Agribusiness industry. Through our mobile platform, farmcorps.net, we connect smallholder farmers to capital and formal markets and currently have over 5,000 smallholder farmers on our platform; leveraging mobile identity systems, risk analysis and tokenization of funds to enable donors and micro-finance institutions to easily finance quality farm- inputs purchase for smallholders an We are an SME with our headquarters in Nigeria but planned operations in other West-African countries like Ghana and Senegal Contact details • Name: Job Oyebisi • Email: ceo@farmcorps.net, job.oyebisi@gmail.com • Phone: +2348034111096
  114. 114. 1. Your Project idea 1. Implementation of satellite/UAV imagery combined with blockchain for smallholder alternative data for financing, farm advisory/decision support and traceability of food produce. 2. Modular Photo-Voltaic, Greenhouse Production of quality vegetables like tomatoes, chilli, pumpkin, with for distribution 2. What’s innovative about it? 1. Data-driven traceability and farm advisory services/extension support for farmers to grow quality food. 2. A modular greenhouse with its own energy system will transform crop production in Africa. 3. The services you can offer. 1. Access to thousands of farmers in our network in Africa especially Nigeria, Ghana and Rwanda 2. Access to other strategic partners for public- private co-operation. 3. Mobile solutions design and development; mobile apps, SMS, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) & Chatbots. 4. Design and implementation of emerging technology solutions e.g blockchain, machine learning, satellite imagery and Internet of things (IoT). 4. The partners/services you seek? 1. Design and implementation of satellite imagery and UAVs for agriculture. 2. High yielding seed production technology of vegetable seeds and orphan crops. 3. Design and implementation of low cost, photo-voltaic greenhouses for rural and urban agricultural production.
  115. 115. Small Robot Company Building a service of small robots, driven by an AI powered operating system to make arable farming sustainable and profitable SME Contact details Ben Scott-Robinson ben@smallrobotcompany.com 07890412074 Small Robot Company
  116. 116. 1. Your Project idea Replacing big tractors with small, precise lightweight robots Creating a per-plant view of a wheat crop Farming as a Service paid for by the hectare- no capital costs 2. What’s innovative about it? A completely revolutionary way to look at arable crop production Reduce energy and chemical use by 90%+ Zero risk adoption by farmers 3. The services you can offer? Robotic crop monitoring, and Partner on deploying novel crop and soil sensors Partner on non-chemical precision crop care applications Partner on autonomous localisation, routing and navigation projects 4. The partners/services you seek? Developers of novel sensors Corporate sponsors looking for co-development and shared values Businesses looking to trial technology Small Robot Company
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