Calling all entrepreneurs, geeks or ICT enthusiasts – the ICT4Ag competition is giving you the chance to solve the Kingdom’s agricultural problems using ICT solutions.
With a focus on rice and cassava farming, applicants can submit ideas that address the issues of rice and cassava farming in Cambodia’s value chains. All participants are open to use technological tools such as social media, mobile apps, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems and online collaboration. Additionally, participants can use new technological platforms that are not currently in use in Cambodia.
Entries will be judged on their innovation in addressing the issues and the business aspect of their solutions. Questions such as how applicants will ensure that they have the resources to maintain their solutions, and how they will make their products commercially viable and sustainable, will be taken into consideration as well.
The winner of the ICT4Ag competition will win USD$500, while the first and second runner up will win USD$300 and USD$200 respectively. Furthermore, the winners might be considered for funding by the Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain Program Phase II (CAVACII).
All interested individuals, groups or private companies are welcome to apply for the competition. Applications are divided into two categories; Individual and Company. The Individual category consists of individuals or groups with no limit on the age or number of members in the group, while the Company category refers to any private companies that are locally or foreign owned, and are registered in Cambodia.
Applications have been open since July 29 and will close August 31. Shortlisted applicants will be announced on September 21, and the final selection will take place on September 30 where the winners are announced.
Managed by Cardno Emerging Markets, the CAVACII is a marketing development program aimed at increasing the productivity and income of smallholder farmers. They also focus on trade in milled rice and other crops through strengthening market systems, and investing in irrigation infrastructure.