Technology Lead and Senior Innovation Manager
Shreejit Borthakur is a Senior Innovation Manager and Technology Lead at IDH. He works across IDH programs to test various digital and non-digital technologies that can benefit smallholder farmers while also reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture. Furthermore, through partnerships, he is focused on creating enabling ecosystems where impact-focused agritech solution providers can thrive. He has undertaken assignments in over 12 countries globally, most of them representing production hubs comprising of smallholder farmers. Besides agricultural technologies, I have a key interest and have worked in the domain of impact investing and gender lens investing.
Agriculture and food systems are a significant contributor to climate change; however, they also bear the brunt of its adverse effects. Smallholder farmers especially are disproportionally impacted. Governments and large corporations worldwide continue to make commitments towards net-zero emissions, with over 70 countries and 40% of Food and Agri companies in the Fortune Global 2000 rankings setting net-zero goals. Digital and non-digital technologies play a key role in reducing emissions across major GHG emission hotspots in the agriculture and food system supply chain.
Intellecap and IDH jointely developed a report by undertaking detailed secondary and primary research and identified 5 high-impact technology clusters and 2 enabling clusters with the potential to mitigate 65–70% of the GHG emissions from agri-food supply chains. In the session the panellists will inform key GHG emission pointers across the scope 1,2 and 3 of agri value chain of a corporate, how digital and non-digital technologies can adress these emissions and lastly, key challenges and role that each category of stakeholders viz. corporates, technology providers, government, financial institutions and industry associations can play for adoption of these technology clusters.