Ag-Tech Consulting

Ensuring food security, nutritious diets and economic empowerment for 500 million smallholder farmers around the world, whilst safeguarding biodiversity and boosting developing economies through sustainable and efficient agricultural supply chains.

Life On Land No Poverty Zero Hunger

Why Ag-Tech?

As the single largest employer in the world, agriculture is linked closely to the economic welfare of the world’s poorest communities. As the 500 million smallholder farms worldwide supply 80% of the food consumed in a majority of the developing world, the biodiversity and reliability of this food source is fundamental to ensuring nutrition and food security for people in developing countries.

Despite being the lifeblood of the agricultural industry, smallholder farmers often receive the least support in the supply chain due to lack of access to market, lower produce prices due to flooded markets, and an inability to ensure consistently high quality and yield. These occur as a result of severe weather, and lack of access to farm management tools, agricultural expertise, and biodiverse seeds. The result compounds the issue and perpetuates the damaging cycle as poor cropping techniques strip the soil’s nutrients, which reduces environmental resistance.

The issues at the top of the supply chain flow on to impact those further along the supply chain as well. Businesses often have a high reliance on expensive imports, and exporters struggle to compete internationally. These problems are compounded by a lack of supply chain data transparency, deterring seed breeders from supplying quality seeds to developing markets as they are unable to protect their intellectual property.

Project Everest is currently assessing the problem space of nutrition and biodiversity conservation for Indigenous Australian traditional horticulture. Indigenous people have a symbiotic relationship with nature and an incredible knowledge of Australian biodiversity, and DArT believes that further enhancing traditional knowledge through technology is a valuable opportunity to make headway in conservation and ecological research for all.

Two thirds of extremely poor employed workers worldwide are agricultural workers, with most subsistence farmers earning less than US$5/day (UN, 2019).

500 million small farms worldwide, most still rain-fed, provide up to 80% of food consumed in most of the developing world (UN, 2019).

12.9% of the developing world’s population is undernourished, with poor nutrition causing 45% of deaths in children under five (UN, 2019).

Of 6,000 plant species that have been cultivated for food, just 9 plant species account for 66% of total crop production (FAO, 2019)

Our Awards and Certifications

Our Partner

We’ve partnered with Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT) to bring sustainable opportunities and economic security across the agricultural supply chain in the developing world. DArT, has established an unprecedented opportunity to enable global quality assurance for products across the entire agricultural supply chain.

DArT plans to assure the quality and adequate supply of produce by providing agricultural and farm management expertise to farmers through a mobile app. Further tracking data such as seed DNA, agricultural processes and supply chain analytics creates greater transparency for all stakeholders from ‘seed to plate’ and enables stronger, more resistant systems.

The bonus of the ‘tick of DArT approval’ will give farmers the confidence to trust seed sources, and provide businesses (such as supermarkets, processors and exporters) with the confidence to rely on the quality of local produce to forecast supply. The benefits of this technology is more than just dietary and health related, but financially for both individuals and emerging nations by breaking the poverty cycle, and environmentally by ensuring sustainable ecosystems and resilience.

The United Nations Sustainable Development
Goals

Goal 1: No Poverty

Targets:

1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions

1.5 By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Targets:

2.1 By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.

2.3 By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment.

2.4 By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.

2.5 By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed.

2.A Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries.

2.C Adopt measures to ensure the proper functioning of food commodity markets and their derivatives and facilitate timely access to market information, including on food reserves, in order to help limit extreme food price volatility.

Goal 15: Life on Land

Targets:

15.6 Promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources and promote appropriate access to such resources, as internationally agreed

How to Get involved

Connecting young change-makers and technology partners you will be testing social enterprise solutions in real-world contexts at the very early stages. This is an opportunity to deeply understand our community members and work with them to develop a meaningful social impact.

Locations
Dates Available
Price

Virtual Impact Program

January 2021
January 4 – 29, 2021

February 2021
February 1 – 26, 2021

May 2021
May 10 – June 4, 2021

June 2021
June 7 – July 2, 2021

July 2021
June 28 – July 23, 2021

4 Weeks – $2250 AUD

Global Impact Program

Fiji

Timor-Leste

India

Malawi

June 2021
June 6 – 25 2021

July 2021
June 29 – July 24 2021

December 2021
November 28 – December 22 2021

January 2022
January 3 – 28 2022

February 2022
February 1 – 26 2022

4 Weeks – $4980 AUD

Rural Impact Program

December 2020
December 7 – 18 2020

January 2021
January 4 – 15 2021 & January 18 – 29 2021

February 2021
February 1 – 12 2021

2 Weeks – $5690 AUD

Our Impact
Partners

“From day one, I quickly grasped the need for a better, more efficient and sustainable agricultural industry.

One that acknowledges all aspects of the supply chain and treats every stakeholder with respect and dignity, without disregarding anyone for increased financial benefits. Being approached and speaking to local farmers and everyone else in the supply chain, I have had the most amazing opportunity to understand their problems and share their joys within their lives, but ultimately working to better the wellbeing of them and their communities.”

Jacob Enten

Our
Impact
Projects

You can join over 9 active projects we have developed in countries such as India, Timor-Leste, Fiji and Malawi, as well as rural communities around Australia. You can even make a social impact from the comfort of home as a social impact consultant through our Virtual Impact Program. Our innovative project solutions span across a range of areas for maximum impact, including agriculture, microfinance and solar energy solutions.

Fuel Biodigesters

A safe, low-cost fuel alternative for 3 billion people worldwide by converting agricultural waste into clean energy.

Clean Energy

India

Sustainable Engineering Solutions and Food Security

4 Weeks

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Solar Infrastructure Consulting

Providing Indian businesses and households with reliable and safe electricity through affordable, clean, solar energy.

Clean Energy

India

Sustainable Engineering and Clean Energy

4 Weeks

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4Ize Consulting

Changing the lives of over 1 billion people who suffer from vision impairment, with an end-to-end testing and spectacles dispensing system that can be used by local people with no prior vision testing experience.

Gender Equality Good Health

Fiji, Timor-Leste,
Australia, Virtual

Med Tech
 

2 - 4 Weeks

See Project

Ag-Tech Consulting

Ensuring food security, nutritious diets and economic empowerment for 500 million smallholder farmers around the world, whilst safeguarding biodiversity and boosting developing economies through sustainable and efficient agricultural supply chains.

Life On Land No Poverty Zero Hunger

Fiji, India, Timor-Leste, Malawi, Australia, Virtual

AG Tech, Food Security and Environmental Sustainability

2 - 4 Weeks

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Anti-Poaching

Preventing mass extinction and guarding biodiversity by stopping illegal wildlife poaching using AI technology.

Life On Land

Malawi,
Virtual

Animal Welfare and AI
 

4 Weeks

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Female Sanitation | Menstrual Cups

Empowering women and girls through safe sanitation practices and access to education and opportunities, using reusable and hygienic menstrual cups

Clean Water Gender Equality Recycling & Reuse

Malawi, Timor-Leste

Empowering Women and Girls

4 Weeks

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Female Sanitation | Reusable Pads

Empowering women and girls through safe sanitation practices and access to education and opportunities, using reusable and hygienic pads.

Clean Water Gender Equality Recycling & Reuse

Malawi, Timor-Leste

Empowering Women and Girls

4 Weeks

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Financial Literacy Consulting

Empowering small-scale entrepreneurship and economic independence through access to financial literacy and resources to enable growth opportunities.

Economic Growth

Fiji

Economic Empowerment

4 Weeks

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Microfinance

Empowering small-scale entrepreneurship and economic independence through access to socially beneficial assets and services using microfinance loans.

Economic Growth

Malawi

Economic
Empowerment

4 Weeks

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Solar Solutions Consulting

Electrifying the 16.5 million Malawians with no access to electricity using affordable, clean, solar power.

Clean Energy

Malawi

Sustainable Engineering and Clean Energy

4 Weeks

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Sustainable Stoves

Providing access to cleaner, low cost and fuel-efficient energy to 3 billion people worldwide whilst maintaining long-held cooking practices and traditions.

Clean Energy

Fiji, Timor-Leste

Sustainable Engineering Solutions and Food Security

4 Weeks

See Project

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