Access to drying and better profits for Myanmar farmers

Access to drying and better profits for Myanmar farmers

“The problem that we are solving is access to bulk post-harvest drying for small farmers. In Myanmar, as in many of the countries in that area, the most valuable harvests happen during the rainy season,” according to Brian Powell, CEO of Farm Tech.  

Farms in Myanmar are starting to mechanize, making the harvest process more efficient. Challenges still face the industry. Rains during the harvest mean that farmers must sell most of their crop wet and for less money than a dry crop. 

Until recently, access to drying machines was cost-prohibitive. Farm Tech created village-level businesses that charge only $12 per ton. This price helps farmers add a $27 profit to each ton dried. The drying business makes money, and the farmers get a boost in income .  

Farm Tech is working with the Ministry of Commerce and several NGO’s. THey plan to expand into 20 townships and 200 villages over the next two years. There are still over 8,000 villages in Myanmar that need drying businesses in their communities.  

MATCh will continue to support this startup to grow their network and physical locations. MATCh is a program of the Mekong Business Initiative, a private sector development partnership of the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Australia that equips entrepreneurs to scale and thrive. 

An organic co-op in the capital of Cambodia

An organic co-op in the capital of Cambodia

Khmer Organics is producing affordable organic fruits and vegetables for Cambodians and equipping farmers with knowledge of organic production. Through this, they are working toward establishing a farming ecosystem that is free of chemicals and genetically modified seeds. 

Their business operates in two parts: the co-op and the farms. Located in Phnom Penh, their co-op has three locations throughout the city. Customers also have the option to shop online for delivery or pickup. The farms are using traditional growing methods combined with modern concepts of preparing the soil, planting, and harvesting. The combined approach is better for the environment, but also ensures a more efficient harvest.  

These farms also serve as hands-on training centers for farmers who want to adopt organic farming methods. In addition, the farmers who participate in the co-op are provided with fair earnings.  

Khmer Organics was a finalist at the Mekong Agritech Challenge (MATCh) Demo Day. MATCh will continue to support this startup in achieving their growth projection and beyond. MATCh is a program of the Mekong Business Initiative, a private sector development partnership of the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Australia that equips entrepreneurs to scale and thrive. 

The Uber of machine rentals in Myanmar

The Uber of machine rentals in Myanmar

Machine owners, operators, and farmers are connecting through a seamless rental network in Myanmar, Tun Yat. Meaning tillage in Bhurmese , they’re focused on creating prosperity for all. Tun Yat shares earned profits with farmer share-holders, machine owners, and dealers they source from. Their model also gives back through socio-economic programs. 

“Before Tun Yat, farmers couldn’t get reliable services for tilling and harvesting. For harvesting, there’s a lot of paddy wastage. Before Tun Yat, machine owners couldn’t find enough orders. They had to wait like 6 or 7 months to get to work for 3 or 4 months. Now with Tun Yat, they know the places in harvesting season, and they can get more orders” Mo Hoam of Tun Yat.  

Spreading their message with Facebook, they went region by region until orders soared. By next year, they plan to hold 10% of machine rentals in Myanmar.  

Tun Yat took second place at the MATCh Demo day in Hanoi, Vietnam. MATCh will continue to support this startup in achieving their growth projection and beyond. MATCh is a program of the Mekong Business Initiative and sponsored by the Government of Australia and the Asian Development Bank.  

Mekong Agritech Challenge (MATCh) Unleashes Technology and Entrepreneurship to Transform Agriculture

Mekong Agritech Challenge (MATCh) Unleashes Technology and Entrepreneurship to Transform Agriculture

MATCh is now accepting applications at www.match.mekongbiz.org until end of December 2017. Startups and agritech solution providers from around the world can join forces to transform the Mekong region’s agricultural industry into a leading global supplier of “safe and nutritious food for all”.  

The MATCh: The Mekong Agriculture Technology Challenge Startup Accelerator will support startups in agriculture to develop their products, network and learn from industry players, showcase their solutions, and access markets and funding. It is aimed at innovative early stage agritech startups and traditional agriculture businesses with new, scalable business models in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam. 

An additional MATCh Market Access Accelerator will help international agritech solution providers with proven technological solutions expand into the Mekong region. Participants will receive mentorship and assistance with their expansion plans including product adaptation, and forge relationships with potential partners and investors in the region. 

MATCh will provide awards and prizes to the participants of the final round with winners  receiving up to USD200,000 worth of services and in-kind support. In addition, the winners and finalists will also have opportunities to secure investment from strategic and venture investors. Award winners will be showcased at the 2018 Greater Mekong Subregion Leaders’ Summit in Ha Noi, Viet Nam and participate in the Future Food Asia Award Competition in Singapore organized by ID Capital – a co-organizer of MATCh. 

MATCh is part of a series of innovation accelerators by the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) which also runs the MIST: Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism accelerator, the SMART City Innovation Challenge Vietnam, and the Fintech Challenge Vietnam. MBI launched MATCh with funding and support from the Australian Government and the Asian Development Bank. MATCh will be powered by the MATCh Alliance, consisting of key regional and local players in the agribusiness innovation ecosystem (See Appendix A). 

MATCh was also endorsed the six governments of the the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) – Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam – at the GMS Agriculture Summit in Siem Reap in September 2017.  

“MATCh is a great opportunity to enable entrepreneurship and technology to tackle major challenges in the agriculture sector and improve the lives of farmers, protect the environment and respond to new conditions from Climate Change“ said Dr. Pham Hong Quat, Director of the National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development, Ministry of Science and Technology,. 

“By supporting the innovative business models that this program will create, we can promote efficacy enhancing and environmentally friendly agricultural technologies that also improve farmer livelihoods,” said Dominic Mellor, Senior Economist at the Asian Development Bank and Head of MBI. 

“MATCh is a great initiative to enable local agriculture companies to work with local and international startups and investors to enhance the competitiveness of the agricultural sector and build value chains of safe foods that can supply both domestic and international markets,” said Mr. Hoang Anh, Vice Chairman of the Digital Agriculture Association. 

“Future Food Asia, the open innovation platform developed by ID Capital, is partnering with MBI on MATCh because we share a common vision of fostering startup-driven innovations to bring more sustainability to the food system in the Asia Pacific region,” said Isabelle Decitre, CEO of ID Capital. 

MATCh is now open for online applications at http://match.mekongbiz.org/ 

About the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI)MBI  The Asian Development Bank and the Australian Government jointly launched the MBI in 2015. The MBI catalyzes private sector development in emerging Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) markets, focusing on Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, and Viet Nam. The program aims to improve the business-enabling environment in these four emerging ASEAN markets with particular focus on business advocacy, alternative finance, and innovation.   

It is supported by the Asian Development Bank and the Australian Government. On Facebook: MekongBusinessInitiative.  

About the GMS Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP)CASP supports the GMS in attaining its goal of being a leading producer of safe food using climate-friendly agriculture practices. Now in its second phase since 2012, it is committed to increasing the subregion’s agricultural competitiveness through enhanced regional and global market integration and subregional connectivity. CASP is overseen by the agriculture ministries of the six GMS countries comprising the GMS Working Group on Agriculture, namely: Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China (specifically, Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Cofinancing is provided by the ADB, the Government of Sweden, the Nordic Development Fund, and the Water Financing Partnership Facility. 

About Future Food AsiaFuture Food Asia is the first-of-its-kind platform for Agtech and Foodtech innovations in the Asia-Pacific. In partnership with multinationals, government organizations, startups and research teams, we are building an integrated innovation network. Operated by ID Capital, it is looking for agile startups to innovate and disrupt our food value chain. The annual Future Food Asia Award ceremony aims to accelerate open innovation in AgriTech and FoodTech across Asia Pacific, with the goal to catalyze and align an ecosystem to cope with the challenges of food.  

 

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Jason Lusk

MATCh Communication Manager

Tel. 0969 760 912

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Launch AgriTech Accelerator for the Mekong Region

Asian Development Bank, Australian Government Launch AgriTech Accelerator for the Mekong Region

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA (7 September 2017) – A new agritech accelerator will harness entreprenueship and technology to transform the Mekong region’s agricultural industry into a leading global supplier of “safe and nutritious food for all”.

The MATCh: The Mekong Agriculture Technology Challenge Startup Accelerator will support startups in agriculture to develop their products, network and learn from industry players, showcase their solutions, and access markets and funding. It is aimed at innovative early stage agritech startups and traditional agriculture businesses with new, scalable business models in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam.

An additional MATCh Market Access Accelerator will help mature international agritech companies expand into the Mekong region. Participants will receive mentorship and assistance with their expansion plans including product adaptation, and forge relationships with potential partners and investors in the region.

MATCh will provide awards and prizes to the winners of the two accelerators, with awards given for Best Startup, Most Innovative, Biggest Social Impact, and Women’s Leadership. Award winners will be showcased at the 2018 Greater Mekong Subregion Leaders’ Summit in Ha Noi, Viet Nam and participate in the Future Food Asia Award Competition in Singapore.

MATCh launched at the Second Greater Mekong Subregion Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is the latest in a series of innovation accelerators by the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI), which also pioneered the MIST: Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism accelerator earlier this year. MBI launched MATCh with funding and support from the Australian Government and the Asian Development Bank. MATCh will be powered by an Alliance of key regional and local players in the agribusiness innovation ecosystem such as Future Food Asia and TRYBE.

“MATCh is an important initiative as entreprenership and technology are key to enhancing the competitiveness, inclusiveness, and sustainability of the Mekong region’s agricultural industry “ said H.E. Mr. San Vanty, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, Cambodia.

“By supporting the innovative business models that this program will create, we can promote efficacy enhancing and environmentally friendly agricultural technologies that also improve farmer livelihoods,” said Dominic Mellor, Asian Development Bank, Senior Economist and Head of MBI.

“Future Food Asia, the open innovation platform developed by ID Capital, is partnering with MBI on MATCh because we share a common vision of fostering startup-driven innovations to bring more sustainability in the food system in the Asia Pacific region” said Isabelle Decitre, CEO of ID Capital.

Online applications for the MATCh accelerator will open from November 2017 at http://match.mekongbiz.org/.

 

About the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI)MBI  The Asian Development Bank and the Australian Government jointly launched the MBI in 2015. The MBI catalyses private sector development in emerging Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) markets, focusing on Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, and Vietnam. The program aims to improve the business-enabling environment in these four emerging ASEAN markets with particular focus on business advocacy, alternative finance, and innovation.

It is supported by the Asian Development Bank and the Australian Government. On Facebook: MekongBusinessInitiative.

About the GMS Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP)CASP supports the GMS in attaining its goal of being a leading producer of safe food using climate-friendly agriculture practices. Now on its second phase, since 2012, it is committed to increasing the subregion’s agricultural competitiveness through enhanced regional and global market integration and subregional connectivity. CASP is overseen by the agriculture ministries of the six GMS countries comprising the GMS Working Group on Agriculture, namely: Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China (specifically, Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Cofinancing is provided by the ADB, the Government of Sweden, the Nordic Development Fund, and the Water Financing Partnership Facility.

About Future Food AsiaFuture Food Asia is the first-of-its-kind platform for Agtech and Foodtech innovations in the Asia-Pacific. In partnership with multinationals, government organizations, startups and research teams, we are building an integrated innovation network. Operated by ID Capital, it is looking for agile startups to innovate and disrupt our food value chain.The annual Future Food Asia Award ceremony aims to accelerate open innovation in AgriTech and FoodTech across Asia Pacific, with the goal to catalyze and align an ecosystem to cope with the challenges of food.

Contact
Jason Lusk
Communications Specialist
Skype: jason.m.lusk
[email protected]