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Andhra Pradesh is at the forefront of technology-driven transformation in agriculture, and has set ambitious agricultural goals in the Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Vision 2029. To build on this momentum, the AP AgTech Summit 2017 will bring together global leaders including business heads, start-up founders, leading policymakers, and technology experts to discuss innovative ideas for agricultural transformation in the state.

The Summit will be a global event that will be held in the FinTech capital and Smart City, Visakhapatnam on November 15-17, 2017. Chief Guests at the Summit will be the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, and the co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates.




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Kisan Network is a Y-Combinator (YC) and Thiel Fellowship backed online trading platform for Indian agriculture. It enables small and marginal farmers to sell their fresh produce directly to businesses across the country, using their smartphone. Kisan Network takes care of the complete pan India supply chain, from the farm directly to the buyer’s doorstep.

1st runner-up

Infinium is CMMi Level3 company, primarily into providing solutions using GIS Geographical Information System), Remote Sensing, LiDAR, Drone, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), GPS (Global Positioning System) and High- Precision Ground Surveying (DGPS, Total Station, GPS) Technology. Their solutions are Web Based, Real Time, Informative, as well as provide analytical data for various sectors such as Agriculture, Smart Cities, Urban Planning, Mining, Infrastructure, Governance, Land Administration, Logistics, Oil and Gas, Public Transportation, Health Care and Port Management.

2nd runner-up

SatSure Analytics India aims to increase the effectiveness of the entire agriculture value chain by enabling financial inclusion of farmers through data driven insights, improving the efficiency of marketplace and the supply-chain for agri input producers, traders, and policymakers, by creating unique risk management solutions that make use of multi-sensor data such as satellites, IoT, and drones, and artificial intelligence algorithms to derive actionable intelligence.

3rd runner-up

Krishi Star is a farm to fork business that is ending poverty among smallholder farmers in rural India by increasing farmer ownership of the value chain and connecting farmers to higher margin markets. Krishi Star is building a network of farmer-owned food processing units, and selling products through their Krishi Star brand.

4th runner-up is an agricultural inputs digital platform for farmers to procure a wide choice of branded and quality inputs that range from seeds to agri implements. It is a disruptive supply chain technology platform benefiting stakeholders across the agri ecosystem. Quality of inputs is vital to crop quality and yield, therefore availability and accessibility of right inputs to farmers is key to farmer empowerment. By providing right and relevant advisory, BigHaat empowers farmers to take the right decisions at the right time.

BharatRohan is involved in empowering farmers by reducing their losses through the prediction of pest attacks and disease outbreaks using Drone/UAV based Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, Data analytics, and machine learning technologies.

eKutir identifies and trains existing community agents’/farmer cooperatives, armed with mobile devices, to interface between farmers and our powerful digital platform. The agents gather valuable farmer data reliably and consistently on the mobile platform – “FarmChalo”, allowing previously disconnected smallholder farmers’ access to sustainable inputs and markets. The platform generates farmer-specific, unique and intelligent solutions. FarmChalo records farmer data, interactions, and transactions and is used to map and assesses a farmer’s risk, interpret them, and deliver actionable information to mitigate their risk and improve their productivity and increase income, through data-driven recommendations and exchange of products.

EM3 AgriServices Pvt. Ltd. is India's first and leading venture that provides farm mechanization services to the small and medium farmers of India on a pay-for-use basis, across the entire cultivation cycle. Services are digitally provisioned and provided under the brand "Samadhan" from fulfillment centres known as "Samadhan Kendras". These are manned by agro-business professionals, managed technologically and equipped with company owned and third party equipment, which are operated by company trained and certified operators. The company has successfully served farmers on over 70,000 acres and currently serves over 1,000 additional acres every day.

Manuring it! envisions creating a hyper local market for the smallest of small farmers, by bringing indigenous farm inputs (real time credit and farm technology) on a digital platform: accessible through one mobile missed call for accessing credit and renting modern farm equipment in real time, using data and primary distribution coral networks.

National Agro Foundation (NAF) a Public Charitable Trust founded in 2000 by C Subramaniam, (Architect of India’s Green Revolution) and nurtured by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, is working towards Comprehensive Rural Development initiatives with focus on agrarian community. With its significant experience of 17 years, NAF has reached out to 642 villages spread over 5 Indian States benefitting about 51,000 rural families, through programs and projects in Sustainable Agricultural Development and AgriBusiness, Watershed and Natural Resource Management, Community Development including FPOs, SHGs etc and Training and Capacity Building of the Stakeholders.

The venue for the Smart Farmer Summit 2017

APIIC Ground, Harbour Park
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

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Andhra Pradesh is a pioneering state in India when it comes to adoption and implementation of technology-driven initiatives across the agricultural value chain.

The State has recently launched a smartphone-based plant diagnostics app in Telugu in collaboration with ICRISAT. The State’s Agriculture Department is extensively using predictive analytics based on satellite data to forecast water-stressed farms crops-wise in order to provide productive irrigation through rain guns, another technology initiative introduced last year for rain-fed farming.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh would like to build on this momentum, and welcomes the opportunity to arrive at contextually-relevant solutions for the State to take forward, and achieve the agricultural goals set out in the Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Vision 2029.

India is investing significantly in the health and social development of its people, working to enable millions of people to participate in the country’s growth and economic progress.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works in alignment with India’s objectives - partnering with India’s central and state governments, community groups, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, development organizations and the private sector, to achieve shared goals.

With a focus on helping all people lead healthy and productive lives, the foundation develops innovative solutions to improve the quality and coverage of key services, primarily across four sectors: Health, Sanitation, Agricultural Development, and Financial Services for the Poor.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded in 1895, India's premier business association has over 8,500 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 200,000 enterprises from around 250 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, healthcare, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and water, to name a few.

The CII theme for 2017-18, India Together: Inclusive. Ahead. Responsible emphasizes Industry's role in partnering Government to accelerate India's growth and development. The focus will be on key enablers such as job creation; skill development and training; affirmative action; women parity; new models of development; sustainability; corporate social responsibility, governance and transparency.

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Dalberg is an advisory firm dedicated to social and economic development of the global poor, with the mission of bringing the best of private sector strategy to address global development challenges.

Dalberg has 17 offices across the globe and our clients span the public, private and philanthropic sectors.

In the agriculture sector, Dalberg has worked on over 150 projects advocating, understanding, and helping solve problems facing agriculture actors at the international and local level. Dalberg has helped leading organizations identify, design and implement solutions that benefit agricultural market participants and increase food security.

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