GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge

Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) is an initiative of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) focused on increasing agribusiness investments in technological and business model innovations with the potential to help close the gender gap in African agriculture.

Through a call for applications, intensive boot camp, and an AgTech solutions marketplace that connects innovators with private sector, GAIA ensures visibility, commercialization and scaling up of agricultural research innovations (AgTech) that respond to the particular needs and priorities of women across agricultural value chains, with a particular focus on innovations by African women innovators. GAIA also brings a gender lens to the ongoing focus on mitigating major constraints in African agriculture including closing yield gaps in crop and livestock value chains, reducing postharvest losses and improving agri-market efficiencies.

GAIA considers innovations that:
1. Serve the agriculture or allied sectors;
2. Demonstrate clear benefits to women smallholder farmers and other women value chain actors;
3. Have an innovative technology or business model;
4. Have a clear for-profit business model with high potential for scale;
5. Have some proof of concept on the ground, conducted pilots and are preferably generating revenues;
6. Are seeking funding to commercialize or scale.



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Capacity Building

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Type of Cap Building

Incubation / Acceleration

Funding / Investment / CapBuild type

Capacity / business development; Incubation

Technical or other assistance

Incubation; networking

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