FAO/Zhejiang University Global Agricultural Challenge

FAO/Zhejiang University Global Agricultural Challenge: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in collaboration with Zhejiang University, are co-organizing the 2020 Global Agrilnno Challenge to harness innovation solutions which will help respond to the challenges of distribution and sales of agri-food products.

The challenge understands that innovation, digital technology and entrepreneurship have become an important tool in accelerating and transforming of agri-food systems, by increasing productivity and effectiveness all geared towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Programme Sponsor(s): FAO/Zhejiang University

Programme to be taken in: China

Programme Worth: See Benefits

Programme Slot: Not specified

Programme Thematic Area: Agri-food Systems


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Programme Eligibility and Selection Criteria: To be considered for the FAO/Zhejiang University Global Agricultural Challenge 2020, applicants must ensure that they meet the following criteria:

  • The Global Agrilnno Challenge 2020 is open to all youth with digital innovations or ideas for agri-food sector. English and Chinese are the two working languages during the Global Agrilnno Challenge 2020.

The selection criteria for the final competition in China are as follows:

  • The team has registered as a company or the project has been operational for 2-5 years.
  • The theme of this year is distribution and sales of agri-food products.
  • The team needs to harness digital technology to solve a problem relating to agri-food products distribution and sales.
  • Teams with female agripreneurs are highly encouraged.
  • One leader of the group must be below 35 years old.
  • Each team should be composed of minimum 2 people, maximum 5 people to participate on-site.
  • The feasibility and ability of the technology to solve the problem of the distribution and sales of agri-food products must be clearly presented.
  • The possibility of replication or scaling-up the business model must be demonstrated

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Application Procedures for the FAO/Zhejiang University Global Agricultural Challenge 2020


The team leader needs to fill the Application Form, with the Digital Development Solution (in PPT format) and a video, sending these to global_agriinno_challenge@zju.edu.cn and copying lu.jiang@fao.org by 17 October 2020 (24:00 CEST).

The documentation to submit should include (in English):

  • Application Form you may scan QR code on item 8 or download through attachment to get the application form)
  • Digital Development Solution (PowerPoint of max 12 slides, up to 250 words per slide, Microsoft YaHei Font, fontsize not less than 16)
    • Summary of the solution (up to 250 words)
    • Mission, vision, values of the project (the type of agriculture activity/sub-sector targeted)
    • Problem identification
    • Technical model
    • Timing justification (Why is this moment the best time?)
    • Business plan
    • Financial situation (capital raised, capital needed, revenue analysis)
    • Phased development planning
  • 1-2 minutes long video explaining:
    • Why should your team be selected? Answer this question in a 1-2 minutes long video. Upload the video online to a video sharing platform (YouTube, Google Cloud, Youku, Baidu Cloud or other) and share the address of the link.


  • Two-day professional development on around your team’s solution through an approach of co-creation with other young agripreneurs/innovators and experienced experts worldwide. All expenses for attending this final competition in China will be covered, including a) travel expenses: round-trip flight and/or train; local transportation fee (taxi/bus/subway); b) accommodation and meals; c) visa application fees as applicable for international participants.
  • The access to open data sets from FAO and other partners.
  • Advices from experienced experts from UN, international organizations, the private sector and academia, and the chance to have a dialogue with high-level representatives from leading companies and organizations.
  • The chance to meet top angel investors from venture capital funds and business leaders in agri-food sector who may invest in your solutions.
  • The chance to build your global network in smart agriculture with a multitude of stakeholders.
  • The top winner teams will receive seed funding (the amount will be communicated at later stage).
  • The top winner teams will have the opportunity to join a one-week agro-bootcamp and World Study Tour (training, travel and accommodation covered) in 2021 to visit FAO and meet world leading companies and organizations in the agri-food innovation sector.

Application Deadline: To be Updated

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