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Smallholder AgriTech Southeast Asia Landscape 2021

Despite the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, AgriFood Tech startups raised more than US$26.1 billion in 2020, representing a 15.5% year-on-year increase. It was also the first time investment in upstream startups closer to the farm (eg. farm management systems, farm robotics, and agribusiness marketplaces) surpassed that of downstream in 7 years, according to AgFunder’s 2021 AgriFoodTech Investment Report.

The Smallholder AgriTech Southeast Asia Landscape focuses on high-impact technologies that impact smallholder farming. These startups have the potential to provide farmers with better access to information, markets, credit, and inputs, resulting in higher productivity and profitability. In 2020, Grow Asia identified five key agritech business models in Southeast Asia: Farmer Advisory, Peer-to-Peer Lending, Traceability, Digital Marketplaces, and Mechanization Platforms.

In the first session of Grow Asia’s Digital Learning Series for 2021, we will provide an update on the Smallholder AgriTech landscape in Southeast Asia and explore a widespread shift across the region as we see farmer advisory solutions explore adjacent business models in order to grow, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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