The GSMA AgriTech Accelerator

What is the GSMA AgriTech Accelerator?

The GSMA AgriTech Accelerator (‘the Accelerator’) commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is part of the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation in Agriculture (i4Ag) and being carried out by the GSMA on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). This initiative aims to support and fast-track the growth of innovative, revenue-generating digital agriculture solutions that support the shared vision of improving smallholder farmers’: 

  1. Livelihoods
  2. Financial inclusion
  3. Climate resilience 

The GSMA will provide up to 10 selected applicants (cohort members) with technical assistance for a period of two years to support the scaling of digital agriculture solutions. Cohort members will benefit from a range of technical assistance tools, including targeted consulting from the GSMA team, user experience and product design/management support, farmer feedback surveys, access to GSMA events and insights and capacity building for investor readiness.  

No direct grant funding will be provided to cohort members of the Accelerator. 

We’ll be holding our third and final webinar on 24 January, which will focus on guiding you through the application process. Join us to learn about how to apply.

Focus areas 

Applicants to the Accelerator will be expected to clearly articulate how their digital agriculture solution, leveraging mobile technology, supports improved livelihoods, climate resilience and financial inclusion for smallholder farmers, and enables equitable access for female farmers, young farmers and/or farmers with disabilities. 

Some examples of use cases that are relevant to the Accelerator’s objective and promote access to services, markets and assets for smallholder farmers are given below. 

  1. Digital Advisory  
  2. Agri Digital Financial Services  
  3. Digital procurement 
  4. Agri e-commerce  
  5. Smart Farming 

This is not an exhaustive list and we will consider applications promoting other use cases that align with the objectives of the Accelerator. 

Definitions of these use cases, as well as associated sub use cases, are provided in the applicant handbook.

Resources

Please read all resources below before starting your application.

Call for applications  

The Concept Note application window closes 17:00 GMT 10 February 2023.

Call for Bids

Open bids

The GSMA AgriTech Accelerator is looking to contract the following suppliers:

  1. We are looking for suppliers (either a single global supplier or several regional suppliers) to carry out Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) user surveys and related activities for the up to 10 selected cohort members over the two years of implementation. The Request for Proposal (RfP) document for MEL – GSMA AgriTech Accelerator is available to download here.
  2. We are looking for user experience (UX)/user interface (UI) design suppliers (either a single global supplier or several regional suppliers) with experience in digital innovation focused on smallholder farmer-based agriculture in Africa, Asia and Latin America to support UX design research and provide capacity building for up to 10 scaling agritechs, selected as cohort members over a two-year implementation period. The Request for Proposal (RfP) document for UX – GSMA AgriTech Accelerator is available to download here.

Please download the relevant RfP and submit your stage one proposal (more information in the RfP document) by emailing it to agritechaccelerator@gsma.com.

The GSMA AgriTech Accelerator is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and supported by the GSMA and its members.