Editor's Note: Lisa Curtis is CEO of Kuli Kuli Foods, the leading Moringa brand in the US. Here she writes about her background in the Peace Corps, how it led to the creation of Kuli Kuli, and how the company is now hoping its effort will promote peace in Niger.
"Last week I attended my first Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with 185,000 other tech seekers. My head continues to spin from the flying taxis and autonomous bread makers," writes Vonnie Estes.
Rabobank recently announced the expansion of its food and agriculture innovation team in North America with the appointment of Anne Greven as the global co-head of F&A Innovation. We caught up with her and head of TERRA Eline Boot to find out more about the platform.
Broadly they're hoping for more collaboration, better tech solutions built with farmers, increased understanding of food's role in climate change mitigation, more realism in funding, and greater diversity.
The question of how farmers and the agtech community of entrepreneurs, investors, and accelerators can work together to build great products is much harder to answer, write Connie Bowen and Sarah Nolet.
Innova Memphis, a Tennessee-based venture firm, has announced the winner of its first $100,000 Row Crop Challenge powered by AgLaunch as part of the Farm Journal Expo last week. After pitching in the final four, selected from a group of national applicants, Kopper Kutter was voted by a panel of farmers as the lucky inaugural winner.
You will find a lot of views online on why not to take corporate venture money in your startup. However, the reality today is that corporate venture capital (CVC) is becoming an important part of the startup ecosystem, writes Amit Sridharan.
This week we spoke with Belgian animal health startup ViroVet to learn more about its mission to tackle health and wellness in the livestock industry with novel vaccine and antibiotic reduction technology.
I caught up with Aric Olsen, president of Jain USA, are his most recent acquisition of ETWater, a weather data analytics and sprinkler control company using machine learning to measure the evapotranspiration rate of grass.
Verde AgriTech, a fertilizer business operating in Brazil, recently launched a new business unit called Verde Marketplace, which it hopes will become the first B2B platform for farmers to offer sustainably-produced food on a large scale to interested corporate buyers.