Agroland consolidation solution in rural Georgia
Georgia's government has prioritized the agricultural sector in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. However, high land fragmentation rates prevent their goals from being achieved without innovative solutions. Through collaborative farming with guaranteed transparency by a third party (us), we can help rural smallholders achieve scale and improve productivity and food security.
Low agricultural productivity and food insecurity causes millions of people around world to persistently suffer in poverty. This is a problem of Georgia as well. We are addressing food insecurity, low agricultural productivity and low levels of land registration in rural Georgia.
In the post-Soviet era, government redistributed land to all rural families leading to high land fragmentation with each family receiving about a hectare of land. This has left 95% of smallholder farmers today producing low levels of output.
We want to implement a collaborative farming solution through identifying clusters of arable land so that smallholder farmers can contribute to increased domestic production. We would be the intermediary that provides the foundation of trust that farmers need to collaborate. We would also provide the necessary tools and knowledge to increase their efficiency and output through larger size and faster speed of operations. For unregistered landowners, we would provide a facilitation service for registering in the public registry and subsequently cultivate their land through the collaboration solution.
Our users are landowners in rural Georgia that have unproductive or uncultivated land. Those living on their land would benefit greatly from economies of scale that would be achieved through the collaboration service. Unregistered landowners could immediately benefit through selling of land post registration or participating in the collaboration service.
We will use drones to facilitate the land registration process and provide high quality imagery on farms to find improved solutions. Also, we will ensure transparency through the use of blockchain technologies. Once we have enough capital and data, we will look for insights through deep learning.
Our competitors are large-scale agribusinesses looking to tap into the Georgian agricultural sector through accumulation of land. Our solution would leave the land with their existing owners yet still operate on the same scale as an agribusiness.
Low cultivated land rates are a recent problem that Georgia has been facing, and the solution responds directly to a core issue of why the cultivation rates are low in a sustainable manner.
The solution will directly contribute to the achievement of SDGs 2.3 and 2.4, namely, double the income of rural population and bring the rate of agricultural land under cultivation to 90%. This will be tracked through monitoring the production rates of rural smallholders. Also, we will contribute to SDG 1.4 (land registered up to 80%) and track it through the government public registry which uses blockchain technology and easily auditable.
We will look for investors to provide the seed capital necessary to begin operations on a small portion of the land that we will identify through the current registry system that we believe will be most favorable to tackle.
To further our idea, we will need help with connections to funding opportunities and develop a financial model.