Announcing The GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation Cohort 2.0

[This blog was last updated on 25 March 2024 since its first published date of Monday 26 February, 2024 to include Câm Dairy in the list of our full cohort of start-ups selected under the Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation 2.0.]

In the face of mounting climate challenges, the call for innovative solutions reverberates louder than ever. From empowering communities to strengthening sustainable practices, the transformative potential of mobile and digital technologies holds the key to navigating uncharted territories in our collective fight against climate change.

With this objective in mind, the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation 2.0 was launched during the GSMA’s MWC Barcelona event in February 2023. The fund is designed to help accelerate the testing, adoption and scalability of digital innovations that enable the world’s most vulnerable populations to adapt to, anticipate and absorb the negative impacts of climate change, or strengthen biodiversity. It builds on the previous GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation, currently supporting 11 start-ups.

This funding round received 593 applications from 83 countries, predominantly from Africa and Asia.

We’ve summarised some of the trends found from the applications in our blog here.

A year later, as part of MWC Barcelona 2024, we are delighted to announce our new cohort of start-ups:

Aloi | Nepal | Supporting dairy farmers to adopt climate smart agro-forestry practices, while strengthening financial inclusion through a cashless financing digital platform.

BizyTech | Tanzania | Advancing sustainable agriculture with personalised practices for smallholder farmers, enhancing soil quality, yields, and incomes through AI-powered satellite imagery.

Câm Dairy | Nigeria | Câm Dairy is tackling food loss in Nigeria’s #dairy industry by providing market access, an efficient distribution system and asset financing.

Crop2X | Pakistan | Providing farmers with real-time data and actionable insights to optimise agricultural productivity with artificial intelligence.

Farm To Feed | Kenya | Tackling food loss and waste to improve affordability and boost farmer incomes through a mobile app.

HydroNeo | Thailand | Strengthening climate resilience and shrimp farm performance for better livelihoods in rural communities through the use of Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile solutions.

InQube | India | Enhancing smallholder farmers’ incomes through farm decision support, supply chain enablement, and regenerative farm practices with a service technology (SaaS) platform.

Monsoon Tea Company | Thailand | Improving forest biodiversity and empowering tea farmers through a traceability mobile app.

Pricepally | Nigeria | Creating a resilient food system by reducing food waste and increasing access to affordable food through an online grocery platform.

SenzAgro | Sri Lanka | Empowering farmers to adopt digital market access and practice regenerative agriculture with capacity building content.

Sommalife | Ghana | Improving the climate resilience and incomes of female shea farmers by improving the traceability of the shea value chain through digital software.

UjuziKilimo | Kenya | Transforming smallholder farming with precision farming technology, leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) and data driven decisions.

Over the course of the grant, we will support these start-ups to strengthen climate resilience efforts through:

  • Facilitating partnerships with mobile operators and public sector organisations;
  • Providing technical assistance on how to reach and better serve climate vulnerable communities through digital innovations;
  • Providing tools, templates and specialist advisory support on how to evidence socio-economic and climate impact, as well as promote product improvement;
  • Supporting with scalability and sustainability planning; and
  • Offering opportunities to increase their visibility to potential investors and partners through profiling their innovative work in GSMA events and publications.

By catalysing these digital solutions, our aim is to generate valuable insights from innovative use-cases, partnerships, and business models, thereby enhancing the sustainability and scalability of digital climate resilience solutions.

In this pursuit, the GSMA is committed to empowering this cohort of innovators, enabling them to unlock their full potential and make a meaningful impact on the lives of those vulnerable to climate risks.

To learn more, check out The GSMA Innovation Fund portfolio here.

This initiative is funded by UK International Development from the UK government and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and is supported by the GSMA and its members.
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