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Friday, September 29 • 11:15am - 12:05pm
Innovations in Agriculture: Scaling Solutions for Smallholder Farmers

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The rural and fragmented nature of the agriculture sector makes it difficult to launch successful initiatives that can reach and support end-users - smallholder farmers. Tailoring new technologies, products, and service delivery models to solve the array of challenges across a dynamically changing agricultural landscape can be especially daunting in hard-to-reach areas. But there are a number of relatively new organizations that are demonstrating early success. How are leaders within the sector scaling their products and services to reach smallholder farmers? Can such activities be financially sustainable for an organization?

Moderators
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Christopher Burns

Director, Center for Digital Development, USAID
Christopher Burns is the Director for the Center for Digital Development within the U.S Global Development Lab at USAID.  In this capacity, he leads a number of technical teams focused on Digital Financial Services, Development Informatics, Digital Inclusion and Geospatial Visualization, and the role they play in driving an inclusive digital economy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aesclinn Donohue

Aesclinn Donohue

Partnerships Manager, myAgro
myAgro offers a mobile layaway platform to enable smallholder farmers in Mali and Senegal to save for seed and fertilizer purchases during the planting season, when they have the greatest need for cash. Just as farmers go to their village shop to buy scratch cards for pre-paid phone minutes, they can now buy myAgro cards and layaway $1 to $50 to purchase seed and fertilizer during the planting season. myAgro then purchases high-quality seed and fertilizer in bulk and, at planting time, delivers them to farmers along with technical training. | | Aesclinn... Read More →
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Brian Lysaught

Director of International Business Development, Store It Cold
Store It Cold is the manufacturer of the CoolBot™, a patented device that enables its users to create affordable cold storage solutions using standard home air conditioners. The CoolBot attaches to a standard air conditioner to regulate and control the temperature of an insulated... Read More →
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Jenna Rogers Rafferty

Director of Strategic Alliances, KickStart International
KickStart International designs, promotes and mass-markets irrigation tools that small-scale farmers buy and use to start highly profitable family enterprises. KickStart has partnered with Encap Technologies to provide motors for affordable, solar-powered irrigation pumps and with Angaza Designs to incorporate a... Read More →
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Liisa Smits

Founder, Managing Director, Ignitia
Ignitia has developed a highly accurate weather model to help small-scale farmers in West Africa manage their daily activities, predict water availability and improve yields. Working in partnership with major telecommunications firms, Ignitia sends daily, customized weather forecasts to... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 11:15am - 12:05pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

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