$ 4+ billion of increased investments
raised for 2021-2025

Innovation Sprints

An innovation sprint is an increase in aggregate self-financed investment from non-government partners to achieve an outcome/output in agriculture innovation and for climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and food systems to be completed in an expedited timeframe.

Joining AIM for Climate as an Innovation Sprint Partner does not imply endorsement of or partnership between the participants, rather it entails an intention by innovation sprint participants to support the goal and objectives of the AIM for Climate initiative.

Do note that AIM for Climate does not provide funding for innovation sprints. Funding should be secured prior to submitting a proposal.

If you are interested in learning more about one of the innovation sprints listed below, do get in touch with the point-of-contact directly.

AIM for Climate Innovation Sprint Focal Areas for 2022

AIM for Climate plans to announce innovation sprints at COP27 with a focus on four focal areas: Smallholder Farmers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries; Methane Reduction; Emerging Technologies and Agroecological Research.

Guidelines for Innovation Sprint Proposals

AIM for Climate Innovation Sprints Focal Areas 2022 Ideation Events

A series of AIM for Climate Innovation Sprints Focal Areas 2022 ideation events were hosted by the UN Foundation in the spring of 2022, to communicate the purpose and nature of innovation sprints and provide a platform for experts to talk about documented needs and investment opportunities in the agriculture and climate innovation ecosystem.

The events also illustrated how specific research activities will translate into innovation on the ground and how they will benefit from engagement by the AIM for Climate community. Read the full summary here or watch the recorded webinars here

Innovation Sprint Partner Framework Document


Cellular Agriculture: Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Resilience in the Meat Sector

Cellular agriculture includes techniques for making animal products with significantly reduced environmental impact. Cultivated meat is a prime example: it can slash greenhouse gas emissions, land use and water use considerably. Through a $40 million investment in R&D over five years, this multi-stakeholder Innovation Sprint, carried out by Aleph Farms, enables a just transition to resilient production systems that enhance food security, spur economic growth, empower local communities and foster regional cooperation.  

Point of contact

Growing a more sustainable global food system through vertical farming technology

Crop One Holdings and Emirates Flight Catering entered a $40 million joint venture to open ECO 1 in Dubai, UAE. The 330,000 sqft facility will provide food security for the Middle East by producing over three tons of high-quality leafy greens daily, using 95% less water than conventionally grown produce. ECO 1 is designed for continuous output of clean leafy greens grown without pesticides or chemicals. Crop One is helping grow a more sustainable global food system through its industry-leading vertical farming technology. 

Point of contact

  • Jackie Hynes
  • Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Crop One Holdings, Inc

Agtech Accelerator: Cultivating Canadian Agtech

Agtech Accelerator is a venture capital-backed program established by Cultivator powered by Conexus, Economic Development Regina, and Emmertech to increase the investment, innovation, and adoption of climate-smart agriculture technology. Bolstered by the $60 Million Emmertech fund, this three-year innovation sprint provides agtech startups across Canada and the UK with access to the capital, programming, and connections needed to address issues in food security and the climate crisis.

IBM Sustainability Accelerator

The IBM Sustainability Accelerator is a pro-bono social impact program advancing nonprofit and government initiatives that support vulnerable populations while addressing environmental challenges, including climate change, extreme weather, and pollution. IBM will provide the first cohort of participating organizations with technology and expertise to accelerate climate-smart agriculture solutions. Partners are welcome globally. Through 2025, Accelerator projects will receive an estimated market value of $30 million in IBM support including $10 million focused on sustainable agriculture.

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Fast Tracking Climate Solutions from CGIAR Genebank Collections

A new $40M initiative led by the CGIAR, in partnership with the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will unlock key climate-resilient traits from CGIAR’s vast global genebank collections. This Innovation Sprint will expand the utilization of high-value genetic diversity to address current and emerging climate challenges faced by millions of smallholder farmers worldwide. The initiative welcomes additional partners from all sectors to scale this critical work.

Point of contact

  • Andre Zandstra
  • Global Director
  • Innovative Finance and Resource Mobilization, CGIAR

Climate Resilience Through Crop Protection Innovation

Guided by its purpose to advance innovation in agriculture for a sustainable future, CropLife International is launching an initiative to accelerate access and uptake of climate-smart crop protection innovations for smallholder farmers in Asia, Africa, and Central America. Through a new investment of over $13M over 5 years, the multi-stakeholder Innovation Sprint supports farmers to do “more with less” and increase their ability to mitigate and adapt to pest and disease challenges using climate friendly approaches.

Participants

Point of contact

AgMission: Cultivating Climate-Smart Solutions

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the World Farmers Organisation established AgMission™. At the core of climate change is greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Agriculture contributes roughly 13 percent of global GHG emissions, yet the sector has the potential to also mitigate climate change. While advances to activate agriculture’s mitigation potential are happening in fields and labs around the world, there is no unifying force connecting this work or fostering inclusivity and collaboration among scientists, farmers and ranchers.

AgMission is filling this void by establishing a global collective of farmers, ranchers and scientists co-creating and rapidly expanding innovation, adaptation and the adoption of climate-smart technologies. By driving collaboration across agricultural and scientific communities, AgMission is accelerating effective, economically viable and locally customized climate-smart solutions.

AgMission has raised $45 million, including FFAR's matching funds, and continues to fundraise for this unprecedented initiative.

Climate Proofing 0.5 billion acres around the world by 2024

The ClimateAi team seeks to “climate-proof” 0.5 billion acres around the world by 2024 by deploying AI-driven adaptation tools that boost agricultural productivity despite climate change. ClimateAi’s innovative climate analytics (1 day to 40 years out) help farmers and agribusinesses adapt by enabling data-driven decisions to maximize yield, crop quality, resource efficiency, and financial stability/profits while reducing GHG emissions per ton. ClimateAi recently raised $12M from investors and $250k in grant funding from the National Science Foundation.

Participants

Point of contact

Greener Cattle Initiative: Addressing Enteric Methane Emissions

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and industry partners are launching the Greener Cattle Initiative, a public-private partnership aimed at reducing enteric methane emissions from dairy and beef cattle, a major climate change contributor. This five-year initiative is awarding $5M in research grants to identify, develop and/or validate scientifically sound, commercially feasible and socially responsible mitigation options. This research advances the sectors’ voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund

The U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund (USRCF) will work in partnership with U.S. cotton growers and the U.S. cotton industry to implement regenerative soil health practices across more than one million acres of U.S. cotton cropland over the next five years, with the goal of eliminating one million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere by 2026. The USRCF is supported by a $5M investment from the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation.
Learn more of the core elements of the USRCF:

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Soil organic carbon sequestration opportunities in soils of Latin America and the Caribbean

The objective of this Innovation Sprint is to contribute to the design of land use and management with high potential for soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration in agricultural production systems of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and to build capacities in LAC for the quantification and monitoring of SOC stocks. The project is expected to be completed by May 2025 with a total investment of approximately $1.5M.

Satellite monitoring of quantity and quality of available biomass in pastoral livestock systems

The objective of the Innovation Sprint is to lower the cost of estimating the quantity and quality of biomass available in pastoral livestock systems through a satellite tool, in real-time and with adequate precision. The project is expected to be completed by May 2026, with a total investment of approximately $1.3M.