To meet the demands of feeding growing global populations, research in agriculture is crucial to optimize the renewable use of natural resources, improve crop yields, and minimize ecosystem impacts. It’s estimated that food production will need to increase by 70% by 2050 to meet world hunger. Traditional farming methods alone will struggle to achieve this. ‘Agritech’, the deployment of technology, innovations and scientific thinking in agriculture to enhance productivity, is part of the solution that will help scale-up food production sustainably.

In this article, we’ve listed the 13 top agritech innovations published on our online academia-industry partnering network, Connect, by academic teams seeking to progress their research. It contains early-stage research projects, assets, and technologies that received the most engagement from the global R&D community actively using our network to identify new discoveries for their pipelines.

Our industry network contains R&D and external innovation teams in over 6,500 companies, including many key players in agriculture and food production such as BASF, Syngenta, Bayer Crop Science, Croda, Corteva, and KWS Seeds.

As the list reflects current industry trends, it may look different to what you might expect when you think of ‘agritech’. In 2023, crop genetics, crop protection, food production and sustainability, and soil health were the areas of research of most interest to R&D teams, despite our analysis covering all aspects of agricultural technologies.

This list is for everyone, but if you work in industry and you want to learn more about any of these projects, or the 8,500+ live opportunities from academic institutes, biotech companies, and startups seeking engagement from potential partners on our free online partnering network - please start by creating an account so that you can read the technical project summaries and engage directly with the teams behind them.

Alongside the 13 top agritech innovations listed in this article, we’ve also created a PDF package containing a longer list of the top 30 innovations most engaged on the network in 2023.