Farm equipment. The U.S. Agency for International Development and Fintrac have launched the Partnering for Innovation program, which seeks tech innovations to help boost small-holder farmers’ productivity. Photo by: Lee Bailey

Have a particular invention in mind that can boost small-holder farmers’ productivity and save on labor?

The U.S. Agency for International Development and Fintrac, a U.S.-based consulting company focused on developing agricultural solutions, launched the Partnering for Innovation program Wednesday (Nov. 14). It is the latest program under the United States’ Feed the Future initiative, which puts particular emphasis on small-holder farmers in addressing global hunger and food insecurity.

The program seeks to engage the private sector, researchers and development institutions, universities, scientists, and entrepreneurs in developing technologies small-holder farmers can use to increase their income and food production. Examples include seed varieties, water harvesting systems and farm tools.

Innovations should be simple, cost-effective and “show the most potential for smallholder adoption and replication, particularly by women,” according to the program page.

The program will provide short-listed applicants grants for product testing and demonstration as well as product commercialization. The program will also provide analytical and technical advisory services. Support will be given to prototyped and field-tested technologies but that require further testing. The program could also provide support to companies with such technologies.

Expressions of Interest are due on Jan. 31, 2013.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.