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Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 9 – Crop Production

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The main focus of the webinar is to help inform UK participants of the needs of African partners in the area covered, and African partners of the capabilities of UK partners, to aid consortia building.

The webinar provides an overview of the Agri-Tech Catalyst funding programme, and then cover specific issues affecting Crop Production in Africa.

Agri-Tech Catalyst Funding Scheme:

Within Round 9 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst Competition, up to £5 million of funding will be available from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) 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.

Up to £5 million of funding is available from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This is for projects working 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.


Find out more about this webinar: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/news/agri-tech-catalyst-funding-to-support-agricultural-and-food-systems-innovation-in-africa-round-9

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Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 9 – Crop Production

  1. 1. Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 9 – Crop Production Webinar The webinar will begin at 10.00am (UK time). Please note: • All delegates have been muted for the webinar duration. If you wish to ask a question please do so via the Q&A box provided • The webinar will be recorded • Please ensure that you have connected your audio via the panel at the bottom of your screen. Sound will be enabled before we begin, if you can not hear any sound when the screen changes please let us know using the Q&A function.
  2. 2. Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 9 Agriculture and food systems innovation: Crop Production Wednesday 6th November 2019 10.00–11.30am
  3. 3. Agenda 10:00 Introduction from the Knowledge Transfer Network 10:05 Introduction/Overview of the Catalyst from Innovate UK and DFID 10:30 Project case study – Jason Burbridge, AGCO Corporation 10:50 Question and answer session 11:00 Consortia building session where participants can post messages detailing their capabilities offered/required and make connections, introduced by KTN 11.30 Close
  4. 4. The Knowledge Transfer Network What we do KTN is the UK’s innovation network. It brings together businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and funders to develop new products, processes and services We help business to grow the economy and improve people’s lives by capturing maximum value from innovative ideas, scientific research and creativity Register for KTN Agri-Food newsletters: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/newsletter
  5. 5. Charles Vander Broek – Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Debbie Tully – Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) David Telford – Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Kathryn Miller – Innovation Lead, Innovate UK Duncan Barker – Livelihoods Advisor, Department for International Development (DFID) Welcome
  6. 6. Aims of today’s event: 1) Better understand competition objectives, scope and rules 2) Opportunities to develop ideas and partnerships for the competition - Learn lessons from previously funded projects - Consortia building session – via linkedin group and meeting mojo Overall – Help you be successful! Event overview
  7. 7. 1) Questions Type questions using the “Q&A” box in zoom (NOT the chat box as this is only for technical issues please). Please only ask questions relevant to wider audience - we will answer some during the event. If your competition question is not addressed or for private questions, please contact: support@innovateuk.ukri.org 2) Linkedin group Please feel free to register now for this linkedin group, as we will use it for consortia building session (weblink also in the joining instructions email you were sent): https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8766913/ How to participate today
  8. 8. 3) Meeting Mojo Please register via https://agri-webinar.meeting-mojo.com to ensure your profile is available (you can use your linkedin profile if this saves time). This tool allows you to connect with partners and facilitates introductions and online conversations. Please use the Capabilities Document we issued earlier this week, to identify people you would like to connect with. How to participate today cont’d
  9. 9. Innovate UK
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. Competition scope
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. • £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
  15. 15. DFID and the Agri-Tech Catalyst
  16. 16. - 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
  17. 17. - 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
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. - 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
  21. 21. Areas of interest Livestock • genetic improvement for productivity/disease resistance • development and access to livestock vaccines and medicines • control of livestock pests and diseases including penside diagnostics • increasing the value of production to smallholders Crops • speeding up the development of new varieties for current and future conditions. • reducing post harvest loss on farm and through the value chain • control of crop pests, weeds and diseases • increasing the value of production to smallholder Food Systems • downstream food processing, distribution or storage and value addition • innovation that supports food systems to deliver nutritious, healthy and safe food • meeting quality standards and improving productivity • addressing food safety issues through the value chain • new food technologies and data-driven food systems, including for urban areas • Cross-cutting issues: big data, AI, providing information to farmers, integrating smallholders into supply chains
  22. 22. To find out more about the Agri-Tech Catalyst, including the competition brief and Guidance for Applicants documents follow this link: https://apply-for- innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/449/overview DFID’s Conceptual Framework on Agriculture: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/ file/472999/Conceptual-Framework-Agriculture2.pdf Further Information
  23. 23. Eligibility Criteria
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. Eligibility Criteria Early Mid Late Stage ✔ Feasibility ✔ Industrial ✔ Experimental development Administrative Lead ✔ Recipient of award ✔ Manage and be accountable for the project’s finances ✔ UK registered business of any size, academic institution, charity, public sector or research organisation ✔ Recipient of award ✔ Manage and be accountable for the project’s finances ✔ UK registered business of any size Technical Lead ✔ Lead on the development of the scope and work packages ✔ Can be partner organisation from any country ✔ Business of any size, academic institution, charity, public sector or research organisation ✔ Lead on the development of the scope and work packages ✔ Can be partner organisation from any country ✔ Be a business (of any size) ✔ Lead on the development of the scope and work packages ✔ Business of any size from any country ✔ Can be administrative lead if a UK organisation
  26. 26. ● Kenya ● Lesotho ● Liberia ● Madagascar ● Malawi ● Mali ● Mozambique ● Niger ● Nigeria ● Rwanda ● Sao Tome and Principe ● Senegal ● Sierra Leone ● Somalia ● South Africa ● South Sudan Eligible Countries ● 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 ● Sudan ● Tanzania ● Togo ● Uganda ● Zambia ● Zimbabwe
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. • 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
  29. 29. Key dates Timeline Dates Competition Open date 14th October 2019 Briefing and Networking Event - Birmingham 24th October 2019 Online Theme Specific Brokerage Events 6th November 2019 • Crop • Livestock & Aquaculture • Food Systems and Nutrition Online Competition Briefing 30th October 2019 Submission Deadline 8th January 2020 Noon Applicants informed April 2020 Projects to start July 2020
  30. 30. Application Process
  31. 31. Search for a funding competition and review criteria
  32. 32. 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
  33. 33. • 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
  34. 34. 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
  35. 35. 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
  36. 36. @InnovateUK Innovate UKInnovate UK
  37. 37. Introduction 37 • In October 2017, AGCO Future Farm in Zambia started a mechanisation pilot project in collaboration with the Department for International Development in the UK, Harper Adams University, and two Zambian Agro-Dealers. • The hypothesis of the project was “To measure the impact on an Agro-Dealers’ existing business by adding a mechanisation package and determine what affects it had on the business, the local community and performance of the machines”. • Two mechanisation packages were supplied and supported directly from the Zambia Future Farm. Data collected so far has been analysed and used to construct the basis of what has now become the new project called ‘Farm in a Box’. • Many challenges leading to frequent periods of ‘down-time’. Solutions to all these challenges have been engineered by the project group in close collaboration with the Future Farm teams. and these solutions have been bundled together and placed in a modified shipping container. • Data shows remote mechanisation packages are ineffective if left un-monitored and un- managed. The FIAB concept was borne out of the Agro-Dealer project.
  38. 38. Farm in a Box Agro Dealer Project 2018 - 2019 38 • Chongwe District • 1 x MF385 tractor • 1 x 3 tine ripper • 1 x off-set disc harrow • 1 x 3-row planter • 1 x 3 tonne trailer • Magoye District • 1 x MF4708 tractor • 1 x 3 tine ripper • 1 x off-set disc harrow • 1 x 3 row planter • 1 x 3 tonne trailerTo date, the Project has identified a number of critical success factors, some examples are: - Supporting mechanisation through remote monitoring is key (FUSE) - Conservation Agriculture practice. Resource preservation (soil & water) - The ‘sweet spot’ in Africa is 75-85hp. Tillage is too difficult using sub 75hp before the rainy season - Cost-effective parts and service support needs to be local - situated in the community - Affordable financing options are key - Operators require weekly contact and guidance to ensure machinery is used correctly and responsibly - Farmers need constant access to local language speaking mechanisation support through apps or phones
  39. 39. Exec Summary 39 • The future of farming in Africa rests heavily on the small scale and emerging middle class farmers. • Agricultural mechanisation has emerged as a priority on the African Development Goals agenda. • Many challenges to the industry - Lack of finance - low capacity levels - Lack of support and poorly supported machinery - Complicated logistics - Fluctuating economies - Political instability - Poor access to proven technology • AGCO has strong focus in this sector The ‘Farm in a Box’ is a world-first initiative that brings together all the key solutions into a single box. Using cutting edge telemetry technology, operators are fully trained, monitored and well supported. .
  40. 40. 40 “No matter what happens in world politics, the fight against starvation goes on. World population outstrips food production. Soil erosion reduces the number of cultivated acres. What can we do to get more food at a price the poorest can afford… without robbing the farmer of his livelihood”. Harry Ferguson https://www.agcofiab.co
  41. 41. Farm in a Box What comes with the FIAB? 41 1. 45 - 130 Hp tractor options with 2 or 4 wheel drive. (other HP options available) 1. Matched implements (supplied separately according to requirements) 1. Tractor Service parts up to 3,000 engine hours. 1. Recommended parts stocking list based on the Agro-Dealer project history 1. Workshop bench and tools, air compressor and generator 1. Administration office linked to local Distributor and the Future Farm Call Centre 1. Training Programs for mechanisation and agronomy (HA, Ops, Franchise) 1. Telemetry tracking and monitoring of all tractors 1. Smart-phone App linked to Future Farm for mechanisation and agronomy support 1. Women and Youth in Ag options (4H) 1. Additional options from AGCOs’ strategic partners. Irrigation, vegetable seedlings, fertilisers, green house etc.
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  43. 43. Farm in a Box Launched
  44. 44. Farm in a Box Media https://www.agcofiab.com/ https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1weVrXUfiPhJf0RF0jshCM1_- mrb8dDbo?ogsrc=32 https://youtu.be/oVpECZjsFys?t=2212 http://africabusiness.com/2019/01/21/agco/
  45. 45. Extras
  46. 46. Farm in a Box FAO Project Option 46 SCALING UP SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE Inadequate knowledge of sustainable farming practices Inadequate access to sustainable inputs Inadequate availability of sustainable mechanization OUTPUT 1. Set up of agri-business hubs and accreditation of private sector companies and banks OUTPUT 2. Strengthening of the resilience of crop systems OUTPUT 3. Strengthening of seed systems OUTPUT 4. Strengthening access to sustainable mechanisation and transport OUTPUT 5. Facilitating access to advisory and support services Parent Account Parent Account Description Amount (USD) 5011 Salaries Professional 56 000 5013 Consultants 150 000 5014 Contracts 180 000 5021 Travel (national and international) 185 000 5023 Training 280 000 5024 Expendable Procurement 50 000 5025 Non Expendable Procurement 90 000 5027 Technical Support Services 80 000 5028 General Operating Expenses 50 000 Subtotal 1 123 019 DURATION: 1 year from March 2019 to June 2020
  47. 47. Summary of Key principles (SP/GB: 10/01/18)
  48. 48. • These are actual costs (true costs) depicting market rates/conditions in rural Zambia. • What these demonstrate is that it is possible to make a profit/viable business. • BE = 4.74 years • To run the tractor alone (ie between farms/recreactional driving) = ~ US $ 15 - 20/hr (depending on fuel, depreciation, driver cost etc) • What is the impact of this? • For example, if there were 200 hrs of non-revenue generating activity/tractor use (out of 1,200 hrs = 16.7%). This cost is anything between US $ 3,000 and $ 4,000. In the model depicted, this activity can reduce profits by between 25% - 30%. (ie 13,221 – 3,500 = 9,721 (26.5%)). • Although not completely avoidable, it is critical to minimize tractor activity that does not directly generate revenues. o Planning/scheduling of activities essential. o These get better with time as market and operational routines become established. (ie the first year of operation is expected to be the most difficult). o Technological support critical to managing this effectively. • Small improvements in efficiency translate to large gains in financial modelling Summary of Key principles (SP/GB: 10/01/18)
  49. 49. Sensitivity analysis: The impact of improving field operational efficiencies by 10% is huge. (Work voulmes = hours worked are maintained. Ie do more in the same amount of time) ∙ BEP reduce to 3.87 yrs (ie by ~ 19%). ∙ GP increases from US $ 13,221 to US $ 16,193 (ie by ~ 22%) Critical success factors: ∙ There must be a market for the service = demand ∙ The market participants must have the ability to pay for the services ∙ The franchise operator must be enabled/supported to maximize operational efficiencies (telemetry, technology, training) Summary of Key principles (SP/GB: 10/01/18)
  50. 50. Farm in a Box Why & What 51 Why? - Africa needs to produce more food (60% by 2050) - Make Mechanisation accessible to Farmers (tillage, haulage, shelling) - We need more capacity to improve yield and increase efficiency - We need to preserve natural resources What? - A farm mechanisation system for the operation of a hire / contracting service - A mechanisation package offering tractor/s with condition-matched implements - Locally based service and parts centre for the region - Linked to The Zambia Future Farm Support Centre through phone or Apps - A responsible mechanism for deploying new technology
  51. 51. Farm in a Box Strategic Partners - Crop diversification is important in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a strong drive to produce food with higher levels of protein. - Maize continues to be the staple food of choice for most Africans though the nutrient levels are not high as other crops such as legumes and vegetables. - Farm in a Box project is being developed in collaboration with a number of Strategic Partners to provide agronomy, irrigation, crop protection and mechanisation solutions - Well proven, well supported and backed up by carefully tailored Training Programs. - As part of the ‘Farm in a Box’ concept, the partners are able to provide products and services as additional options.
  52. 52. Questions Type questions you have using the “Q&A” box in webex (NOT the chat box, this is to be used for technical issues only). Please only ask questions relevant to wider audience - we will answer some during the event. All questions will be answered across all three webinars and a document will be circulated at a later date. If your question is not addressed or for private questions, please contact: support@innovateuk.ukri.org Questions and Answers Session
  53. 53. This session aims to help you find potential partners. 1) Capabilities document a) Over 200 people registered for the three webinars we are conducting today. b) Please refer to the document we sent out on Monday along with the joining instructions, which lists the capabilities offered or required for projects from attendees. c) Please use this document for personal use only, and do not share it more widely. d) We encourage you to use the linkedin group or Meeting Mojo to request connections or message those you might like to partner with. Consortia building session
  54. 54. 2. Linkedin group: If you haven’t already done so, please register now for this linkedin group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8766913/ Detail is also included within the joining instruction detail we sent out and I will leave up the link at the end of the webinar. Background: This group was initially set up to facilitate conversations for Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 8 and proved to be very successful in supporting collaboration and engagement. Currently 284 members in the group. Consortia building session
  55. 55. a) See the rules listed in the group (Sidebar at the right of the webpage). b) Post to the whole group using the “start a conversation in this group” function – and please see examples posted already about providing a concise post, with relevant information. c) Or contact individuals privately by selecting one of the group members, and sending a private message using the “message” function. d) Once a member, you can also invite individuals to join this group. Consortia building session
  56. 56. • Posting to the whole group – Example of a live post with a need Consortia building session
  57. 57. • Posting to the whole group – Example of a live post with a capability Consortia building session
  58. 58. 3) Meeting Mojo Please register via https://agri-webinar.meeting-mojo.com to ensure your profile is available. Simply click on the “Register” tab at the top of the page and add your organisation, website, profile details. Once registered this tool allows you to search for and connect with partners. In the first instance you can organise virtual meetings and online conversations. Please use the Capabilities Document we issued earlier this week, to identify people you would like to connect with. Consortia Building Session
  59. 59. There is no time limit on using Linkedin and Meeting Mojo https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8766913/ https://agri-webinar.meeting-mojo.com THANK YOU

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