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What was the challenge about?

The call for this challenge was aimed at innovations and startups with products, services and/or technologies that are contributing to fight the causes and impacts of climate change, thus creating more regenerative, sustainable and inclusive agrifood systems.

The Sustainable AgTech Challenge received 115 applications from around the world. 84 of those submissions came from Latin American countries and another 31 were from countries such as the United States, Spain, China, Japan, Canada, France, Tanzania among others. All the innovations presented responded to three main categories. Specialty crops with 59 applications; Row crops with 48 and finally the Proteins category with 21 ideas.

That's a wrap everyone!

We have our winners


Opportunities and challenges for the generation of

Sustainable Agtechs Startups in LAC

The White Paper is available


This white paper is the result of a joint effort by The Yield Lab Institute, Universidad Austral (Argentina), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), along with support from the Global Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals (GO4SDGs) initiative, who worked closely together to combine their complementary knowledge and experience on this broad, exciting, and novel topic. The report and the project were funded through contributions made to UNEP from the Government of Norway.


Additionally, the final product embodied in this report has benefited from the input of numerous opinion leaders, subject matter experts and other organizations that supported the development of the Sustainable Agtech Challenge throughout 2021. The authors and organisations who supported the development of this report would like to thank every one of these individuals and organizations.

Grand Finale Panel Discussion

Policy and Innovation: 
How they drive forward Sustainable Agtech.


Ana Ricoy

FAO's Regional Disaster Risk Management Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

She leads the livelihood resilience and emergency response program. Previously Anna worked for the Climate Change office, and the Emergency and Rehabilitation office at FAO headquarters in Rome, with a global perspective. Anna is an agricultural engineer. She holds a Master in Economic and Social Sciences - comparative and rural agriculture and development - from AgroParisTech in Paris. Her expertise and area of interest focuses on the transformation of agriculture and
food systems towards more sustainable and resilient models, as well as the opportunities that can be derived from digital technologies for farmers, communities and ecosystems.


Adriana Zacarias

Head and Global Coordinator Go40SDGs

A graduate from Cambridge (UK), with a Masters in Environment and Development, and BSc on Political Science, from ITAM (Mexico). Adriana is an international expert on sustainable development, resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production. She joined United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2003. Adriana is currently the Head and Global Coordinator of UNEP´s initiative “Global Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals (GO4SDGs). She supports policies, strategies and initiatives related to green economy, circular economy, innovation for SMES and sustainable lifestyles, among other themes. GO4SDGs accelerates regional solutions for inclusive green economies and circularity and works in 3 areas: policy coherence, SME innovation and Youth Empowerment. Before joining UNEP, Adriana worked at the OECD. Adriana has experience in environment policy development and negotiations at both national and international levels. She worked as policy adviser at the Mexican Low Chamber, and as Project Coordinator at the Mexican Ministry of Environment. Adriana has extensive experience with NGO, with an emphasis on youth and environment.


Camila Petignat

Partner at The Yield Lab Latam

Camila is a Bio-entrepreneur and business developer specialized in biotech ventures. Former Co founder of Neogram, an agri-biotech startup that genetically improved pastures to contribute to a more sustainable livestock production. Holds a MSc degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from Universidad de Buenos Aires. She has mentored, gave lectures and collaborate with EmprendING and EmprendEX, the entrepreneurship courses at Buenos Aires University. She is a Sandbox community member of the BA Hub and had Co founded BiohackingBA Meet up.


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