Increasing populations along with water and land scarcity means we have to produce a lot more crops with a lot less resources; the only way to do that is with technology.
Over the decades, agriculture has remained the largest sector of Pakistan’s economy; 39% of the country’s labour force is engaged in agriculture (30.2% males and 67.2% females). Despite that (according to a global report published jointly by FAO, WFP, UNICEF, WHO and IFAD in 2019) 20.3 per cent of Pakistan’s population- 40 million people- are undernourished and food insecure, with 24% living below the national poverty line.
Technological innovations in agriculture like precision farming, harvest quality control, soil monitoring and vertical farming, can help increase yields and food availability, as well as reduce food prices and poverty overall. For an agrarian-focused economy like Pakistan, the potential is limitless; at NICL we help Agritech start-ups identify problem areas and create viable solutions to create widespread impact in the sector.
While bringing sustainability and efficiency in agricultural practices is a complex challenge, NICL supports its Agripreneurs, providing favourable conditions and a conducive climate where innovative ideas and solutions can grow.
Explore the ventures in this vertical that have successfully incubated at NICL
- Green Planet - Cohort 6
Industrial agriculture and adverse climate events in recent history have pushed smallholder farms
- Waahi - Cohort 9
Waahi is a crowdinvesting platform that connects retail investors and farmers, providing quick ac
- Kheti Barri - Cohort 8
Creating a supply chain of agricultural implements.