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Late last year (2021), a small group of thought leaders got together and proposed an idea to design, plan, and host an "International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture". A one-of-a-kind annual event in the PPP mode.

Fostering innovation in the AgFoodTech space and advocacy for smallholder sustainability is a key change strategy to achieve the ambitious targets of the UN Strategic Plan to help realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensure climate resiliency.

Essentially, innovation-driven and startup-oriented with an AgFoodTech focus. Hence, two major buckets--the Conference Program and the Global Innovation Challenge were constituted. While there is a separate document on the former, this note pertains to the latter.

The Global Innovation Challenge (GIC) initiative will provide a universal platform for all stakeholders to participate and win attractive prizes in a boundaryless manner. Needless to mention, this would by and large be an online platform with the event in hybrid mode.

The GIC would be an annual feature starting in 2022. Like any innovation challenge program, the GIC would have clear "problem statements" – some moonshot and a few others traditional. Ideal solutions ought to be pragmatic, affordable, and accessible to smallholders.

Leading Agri Incubators and Accelerators in the AgFoodTech Value Chains, such as the Pusa Krishi Incubator, MANAGE-CIA, Agri-Food Business Incubation Centre, IIT Kharagpur - AFBIC, TIE-HYDERABAD, IIIT-Tirupati, and AgHub-PJTSAU, Krishik-UASD, and others, would be our alliance partners for the GIC.

The AgFoodTech GIC would have a governance framework with themes and related problem statements, a procedural framework and guidelines to participate in and submit, and a jury for evaluation and awards.

"Reverse pitching" would be a key component of the GIC. Our goal is to help advance innovative digital methods of solving smallholder problems across the farming spectrum globally. The GIC experiments aim at establishing the current state of the art in AgFoodTech solutions, Data Science driven transformation of AgFood value systems, identifying what progress has been made, and highlighting where future effort may be most productively focused.