Experts predict that the world’s population will reach 9 to 10 billion by 2050, presenting an enormous challenge – how can sufficient food be grown to meet the needs of everyone? According to the most recent State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, it is estimated that 50 per cent more food will need to be produced compared to current levels. However, it is not only important we produce more food – we must also do it sustainably. The Global Agricultural Productivity Report has determined that a 1.73 per cent productivity increase per annum will be necessary in order for this goal to be achieved sustainably. This is an immense task, but one that cannot be overlooked.
Utilizing sustainable agriculture is a major opportunity to solve world hunger, change the climate, reduce losses of biodiversity, and contribute to a decrease in inequality between rural and urban populations. Adopting positive agricultural practices focused on soil fertility and support of farming communities has the power to provide sustenance for the ever-increasing population of our planet while creating stability within the global food system. To this end, startups have become an incredibly important factor in overhauling the industry by introducing new technology and advancing productivity, efficiency, and sustainability. This makes it more pressing for players in the private sector to seek ways to work together with startups as a way to create a secure environment with regard to agriculture worldwide.
Supplying assistance to Agritech startups
In order to really open up the possibility for startups to make a dramatic change in the agriculture sector, they must have access to capital and resources. Despite the potential of these organizations to revolutionize the industry, they frequently struggle with major impediments like high research and development expenses, regulation obstacles, and few opportunities for selling their products. Therefore, it is essential that private businesses give them the means necessary in order for them to create modern solutions, widen their services, and enlarge their profits.
In the region, many investors tend to focus on return on investment rather than addressing real-world problems, which can be difficult. It is necessary to completely shift perspectives in this sector. Strategic investors stand to benefit greatly from investing in smaller businesses. Financing startups create a good environment for revolutionary concepts to be developed and offer investors the opportunity to form productive linkages with new companies that can help them thrive. Additionally, getting connected with an established, successful organisation increases a startup’s credibility with potential clients. This two-way relationship may provide solutions to shared issues and develop sustainable success for all parties involved.
The strength of working together
It is vital to recognize that collaboration between stakeholders in the agricultural industry is key to implementing sustainable practices. Start-ups bring specialist knowledge and invaluable insights to the table, which can be extremely useful for everybody involved. Consequently, the successful adoption of sustainable farming methods will require solid and dedicated collaborations among policymakers, NGOs, food companies, and farmers.
For instance, the PepsiCo Greenhouse Accelerator Programme: Mena Sustainability Edition is a combination of input from the Food Tech Valley, assistance from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, as well as harnessing the size of PepsiCo. Such a collaborative venture is essential to increase investment and competitiveness within the food production sector in this area.
Advocating for environmental sustainability
Everybody must pay attention to the longevity of effects on the environment and the societies in which they are active. Unfortunately, unawareness of the benefits that accompany sustainable farming is preventing startups from taking off. Hence, it is important for companies to direct agricultural startups in discovering suitable sustainable practices for their particular domain, along with beginning to quantify the influence of regenerative farming on their operations. If there is proof that there are rewards, it should act as an encouragement for people to follow suit. Offering more generous terms to those who comply with sustainable practices could be yet another way of helping both sides to achieve their ambitions simultaneously.
Establishing an environment conducive to long-term development and prosperity.
In the region, a number of creative startups have emerged, yet there is a foundational task of putting together a more comprehensive framework that would encourage invention on all fronts. This could involve joining forces with top universities to plant the seeds for ideas that can get support in terms of investment, making contacts, and gaining guidance so they can become flourishing organizations capable of producing change. Alternatively, opportunities for foreign startups to base themselves in the region should be presented as part of offerings that would help cultivate collaboration and information exchange, thus allowing the area to develop into a core for innovative sustainable farming.
The issues we experience with food security, water deficiency, and food squander – while not only having an impact in our own country, are globally pertinent. Contributing to the whole biological system will create a situation where we can send out technology and advancement around the globe – and thusly, exploit the capability of new businesses and back their development to add to all out financial development. Extensive multinational unions with shared objectives should take the activity to unite significant members together to propel this forward.
May 29, 2023