Agriculture Innovation Lab+

Transforming Agricultural Services through Innovation

Supporting ideation, development, enhancement and commercialization of agriculture focused innovations while protecting the intellectual property rights of the innovators. Show more

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nablers required for Citizen-centric innovations

Malek, an agriculture extension officer mobilized by the government in Fulbari, Mymensingh district, had an idea of developing a pictorial database of plant diseases to help farmers communicate their problems better; Ruhul, a water management engineer, wanted to develop a complete device setup to help solve irrigation crisis for farmers especially living in regions with frequent flood and drought; Rabbit’s Hat, a local software development firm, realized how important market access was to farmer’s livelihoods and wanted to develop an integrated system to link farmers with market.

These citizen-centric innovations which were meant to change the lives of common citizens had a few things in common like –

  • The innovators did not have the funds to develop complete prototype.
  • The opportunity was not there to test the efficacy of the prototypes with real beneficiaries.

Challenges to the Innovation Process

The above mentioned innovators could materialize their proposed projects using a2i Program’s Service Innovation Fund. But, unfortunately, there are many unpublished concepts and unfinished prototypes out there which could not get transformed into finished usable products for primarily the following reasons:

  • The innovators do not receive proper mentorship and guidance on developing their ideas and concepts into workable prototypes.
  • There is no direct link between the innovators and the policy makers, as a result of which there is information gap among the innovators about the development priorities.
  • There is an inherent fear of idea being stolen or hijacked.
  • The innovators lack the means of transforming their working prototypes into a usable format ready for commercialization.

Role of Agriculture Innovation Lab+ as an Innovation Catalyst

The Agriculture Innovation Lab+ has been conceptualized and designed with this holistic approach of collaboration and co-creation to support ideation, development, enhancement and commercialization of innovative agricultural products and services while protecting the intellectual property rights of the innovators. This will act as a platform for the different stakeholders working directly and indirectly with the agriculture sector and its beneficiaries with the ultimate objective of improving livelihoods of farmers through solving local challenges using creative and innovative ways.

The overarching vision of the lab is to share the best practices, exchange ideas and develop similar networks to other resource-poor countries as part of South-South and global cooperation. The Agriculture Innovation Lab has already made some important partnerships, one of the most notable ones being with the Ministry of Agriculture, as a result of which its different subsidiaries can collaboratively identify the problems facing majority of farmers and developing low-cost, available and accessible devices and technologies.

Cases and Stories


Multimedia Classroom

A buzz can be heard from a classroom, with 60 students organized in 10 groups as Mr. Abdus Salam is constantly in motion and moving around in the classroom…

Multimedia Classroom

A buzz can be heard from a classroom, with 60 students organized in 10 groups as Mr. Abdus Salam is constantly in motion and moving around in the classroom, encouraging students to engage in peer and group discussions to raise questions and, at the same time, discuss among themselves on the given topic as a team. The students are conversing among themselves and noting down their queries to submit later. Mr. Salam then starts to demonstrate the topic with a PowerPoint presentations and video on a large screen. Now students have visual clues and they are arguing among themselves as most of the questions were answered during the lesson facilitated by multimedia componets. Finally, through this group-learning exercise, students are widening their extent of curiosity, which is evident from their commotion composed of arguments, giggles and joys of learning.

Mr. Salam, after concluding the class, reminisced his past experiences about taking class without the help of multimedia contents. This exact classroom used to be a dry and routine classroom which can be considered as one-way teaching technique since students failed to engage themselves and were not responsive as well as attendance of the class was not satisfactory.

Multimedia Classroom initiative by Access to Information (a2I) Programme has enabled this new dimension and reversed the order of the teaching-learning method by making a student-centered learning environment that promotes effective, participatory and creative atmosphere inside the classroom.

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