12 April 2022
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
2021 continued to be shaped by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The UN Food Systems Summit and COP26 only served to underscore the urgent need for more sustainable and resilient food systems. These forces have continued to shape the global influx of venture capital into agrifoodtech. According to AgFunder’s recently launched 2022 AgriFoodTech Investment Report, agrifood technologies received $51.7 billion in investment in 2021, an 85% increase over 2020.
The Smallholder AgriTech Southeast Asia Landscape focuses on high-impact technologies that have the potential to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of smallholder value chains. These startups may provide farmers with better access to agronomic information, markets, credit and inputs, though their end customers may not necessarily be smallholders themselves. Since 2020, when Grow Asia identified five key agritech business models in Southeast Asia: Farmer Advisory, Peer-to-Peer Lending, Traceability, Digital Marketplaces and Mechanization Platforms, we have been paying particular attention to the progress of startups providing these solutions.
In the first session of Grow Asia’s Digital Learning Series for 2022, Adam Lyle, Executive Chairman of Padang & Co, will present an update on the Smallholder AgriTech landscape in Southeast Asia. We are also excited to welcome John Friedman, Asia Director, AgFunder to share insights for Southeast Asia from their recently released 2022 AgriFoodTech Investment Report. This year we will take a closer look at financing for smallholder producers. How has the P2P lending space evolved and how has this been shaped by the pandemic, what other solution/business models can enable smallholder producers to access financing and what other critical pieces of ecosystem support are needed?