Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is a US Agency for International Development (USAID) program that helps the private sector to scale and market agricultural technologies for smallholder farmers through investing in technology commercialization and knowledge exchange.
The program's goal is to increase the productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers by funding companies to commercialize new agricultural technologies in developing countries. Partnering for Innovation also works with USAID Missions to create and manage public private partnerships that will improve agricultural productivity. Through its online community, the AgTechXChange, the program facilitates connections and knowledge sharing among entrepreneurs, investors, and nonprofit organizations.
Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation invests in businesses to introduce innovative agricultural technologies to developing markets. Since its launch in 2012, the program has directly funded more than 15 technology commercialization grants supporting:
- Improved seed
- Traceability software
- Biological controls
- Improved poultry breeds
- Grain storage silos and bags
- Drip irrigation kits
- Chicken incubators
- Disease-free shrimp
Partnering for Innovation also works with USAID Missions to create and manage public private partnerships to commercialize technologies and improve agricultural practices. The program is working with Missions in:
Partnering for Innovation helps businesses to hone their strategies for reaching the smallholder farmer market through its online community, the AgTechXChange. Set up a profile, ask questions, and connect with funders and partners at agtech.partneringforinnovation.org.