Global Centre for Technology, Innovation
and Sustainable Development

Cultiv@te: Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture

In November 2019, we launched the Cultiv@te programme, a global innovation initiative that aims to find bright minds and creative entrepreneurs, startups and R&D teams from around the world to solve challenges in agriculture. 

Working with 11 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, we publicised 11 challenge statements calling for innovative and technology solutions:


Solving for pest and disease management in urban farming


Boosting agricultural productivity in a post-conflict region


Increasing the productivity and quality of livestock and dairy production in the Amazonian Ecuador


Finding innovative solutions for urban farming in social housing


Improving agricultural practices and increasing farmer's access to credit


Digital land management tools for the fair and sustainable use of pastures


Promoting youth engagement and entrepreneurship in peri-urban agriculture


Boosting food security while ensuring net zero deforestation


Increasing safe fish production while managing aquaculture wastes sustainably


Innovation to increase the climate resilience of agriculture in Bhutan's unique context


Applying climate-smart innovations to increase agricultural productivity

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Why Cultiv@te? 🌎

Watch this short clip for a snapshot of why we created this programme ➡️


After a call for applications over 15 weeks, the programme gathered:

674 participants

114 nationalities

202 submissions





The 31 Cultiv@te finalists🌱

Out of these, we selected 31 teams as finalists after a series of evaluations and interviews, together with our partners at AgFunderGROW and Big Idea Ventures.

Read more about these 31 solutions here ➡️



What happens now?

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How can you be involved?

Here at the UNDP Global Centre, we're always looking for partners that share our mission and who want to be a part of this global effort to drive the SDGs. 

If you're interested in being a part of the Cultiv@te programme, we are looking for partners to collaborate with us on the following activities:


  • Arranging and co-organising webinars for Cultiv@te's teams
  • Funding pilot programmes to bring these solutions to the 11 countries
  • Supporting Cultiv@te's teams at a local level 


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    Drop us an email at or contact Min Ai Kok at if you'd like to connect.

    Check out the other initiatives we're working on under our Sustainable & Digital Agriculture focus area.


    Want to start a conversation?

    If you have enquiries, comments and feedback on our focus areas or would like to partner with the Global Centre please get in touch.