Kopernik is partnering with Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) GREEN to identify and address technology needs in Indonesia and Cambodia towards an effort to tackle environmental and climate change challenges. WIPO Green is an interactive marketplace that connects technology and service providers with those seeking innovative solutions. Funded by the Government of Australia, the project will focus on four areas: agriculture, water, energy, and air.
Despite having one-third of total land towards agricultural activities, agriculture’s contribution to the national GDP of Indonesia and Cambodia were limited to 14% and 27% respectively. (Photo credit: Indra Wicaksono/Kopernik)
Take agriculture as an example. Indonesia and Cambodia respectively utilize 32% and 31% of their total land towards agricultural activities. However, agriculture’s contribution to the national GDP was limited to 14% and 27% respectively (World Bank, 2015). Connecting appropriate technologies available on WIPO’s database to farmers in need could play a big role in tackling low yield and productivity issues in the two Southeast Asian economies.
The project was kicked off on 2 February 2018 and is divided into two phases. Phase 1 (Feb-April 2018) focuses on field research covering both urban and rural needs of Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines. At least 30 technology needs will be identified and publicized on WIPO's database that already boasts over 2,000 technologies from around the world. Phase 2 (Feb-July 2018) involves matchmaking between the technology needs and suppliers.
In the spirit of finding what works for people living in the last mile, Kopernik is currently seeking players with concrete technology needs in Indonesia and Cambodia and hoping to connect them with providers who could supply appropriate technologies. Key findings from this project will be shared publicly through WIPO’s database, social media channels, and a matchmaking event, among others.