The Agriculture Challenge

The Agriculture Challenge

How might we make the livelihood of upland farmers sustainable in the face of climate change effects on soil?

Farming is one of the most affected livelihoods in the face of climate change. In fact, changes in climate are recognized as one of the major factors responsible for land degradation. As such, building the resilience of farmers’ livelihood is crucial for communities that primarily depend on farming. Because of low farm productivity, which has been made even worse because of climate change, the poverty rate of rural folks who are mostly farmers, at 40%, is highest in the ASEAN region. To cope with climate change, farmers need to be able to adopt climate-change adaptive solutions or adopt related alternative livelihoods to improve their income and capacity to provide for their families.

This year’s Social Innovation Challenge will focus on the climate change-related problems of the upland farmers in Brgy. Cabalawan, Sogod, Northern Cebu.


How It Works

Jan 7, 2019

World Vision issues a challenge to solve -- and innovators come up with ideas.

Apr 5, 2019

Innovators submit their proposals and business models.

Apr 22, 2019

Five teams are shortlisted, join the boot camp and work with a partner community to polish their idea and business models.

June 2019

Finalists pitch their business models to World Vision and expert industry partners.

July 2019

Winner is awarded and provided financial and technical support to implement the winning solution.

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Challenge Brief

  • Background

    Agriculture is the basic food source of more than 100 million Filipinos. Aside from food, it also provides raw materials for industrialization and employment to a major portion of our labor force, especially in the rural areas. Despite its importance, the agriculture sector has been persistently criticized by its sluggish growth and insufficient ability to meet the domestic food demand of the growing population.

    One of the contributing factors to the concurrent downturn of agricultural output in the country is climate change. It induces increases in temperatures, rainfall variation and frequency and intensity of extreme weather events adding to pressures on global and local food systems.

  • Obstacles

    In a small upland village, or barangay, in northern Cebu province, where almost 50% of the population depends on agriculture for livelihood, climate change effects are more strongly felt as they experience erratic weather patterns that contribute to soil degradation. When it rains hard, the soil gets so sticky and loses its nutrients to erosion and when it isn’t raining for months, the soil gets so dry; it cracks.

    As climate change continues to hamper the livelihood of farmers, World Vision, through its Social Innovation Challenge, intends to take part in finding a sustainable, climate-change-adaptive  solution to improve farmers’ productivity . The initiative will focus on a community of upland farmers in Barangay Cabalawan, town of Sogod, province of Cebu, Philippines.

  • Technical Brief
  • Criteria


    Who is eligible to participate?

    To submit an Entry for the Competition and be eligible to win an Award:

    • Each Team member must, at the date of Entry, be:
      • a legal resident of the Philippines.
      • eighteen (18) years of age or older.
    • Teams must:
      • be composed of two (2) to five (5) members;
      • after the Preliminary Round Close Date, not add, remove, or replace any Team members;
      • appoint a Team leader who will be the point-of-contact with World Vision in the Philippines (World Vision Development Foundation or WVDF); and
      • if a registered business, charity, non-profit organization, or social enterprise:
        1. not have received prior investment of more than $10,000;
        2. must be in operation for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years
        3. bear the same name as that of such entity and shall not change its name during the course of the Competition.

    The Competition is not open to employees of World Vision Development Foundation (WVDF), its affiliated organizations, advertising or promotional agencies or media partners, or members of the household of such employees.

    How are ideas submitted?

    Ideas are submitted online at Individuals may only join one Team. Only one Entry per Team. Multiple Entries will be disqualified. Fraudulent Entries will be declared invalid. All Entries must be submitted online; no paper Entries will be accepted.

    All Teams are responsible for ensuring that any material they provide to WVDF or post on the Online Challenge Platform Site, including but not limited to text, photographs, video and sound, does not violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret or any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party or is used with the permission of the owner(s) of such rights.

    By submitting an Entry, each Team represents and warrants that it has all right, title and/or interest in the materials submitted and the information it contains is accurate and complete, and that by submitting the Entry the Team is not and will not be violating any contract or third party rights including any patent, copyright, trade secret, proprietary or confidential information, trade-mark, publicity or privacy right.

    By entering this Competition, each member of each Team agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless WVDF, its affiliated organizations, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives, from any claim or liability arising from or related to the Competition, and/or participation in the Award.

    WVDF assumes no responsibility for garbled, lost, late, delayed, destroyed or misdirected mail, voice messages, e-mails or any computer errors or malfunctions.

    WVDF does not assume any responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information, technical malfunctions, human or technical error, seeding or printing errors, lost, delayed or garbled data or transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or failures of any telephone or computer line or network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof.

    In order to become an entrant, a Team must agree to these Rules and fill out the entry form available at the Online Challenge Platform Site ( A successfully completed and submitted form is an “Entry“. In these Rules, a Team that has submitted an Entry to the Competition is referred to as an “Entrant“.

    When is the deadline for idea submission?

    Submission Deadline: The Preliminary Round starts tentatively on January 7, 2018 and closes on April 5, 2019 (“Preliminary Round Close Date“). After the Preliminary Round Close Date, there will be teams that will be identified as finalists (“Finalists“) per challenge.


    How are ideas judged?

    After the Preliminary Round Close Date, WVDF and/or a team of industry experts (each a “Judge“, collectively “Judges” or “Judging Panel“) will assess the Entries and select up to 5 Finalists. The Judges shall be experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and academics appointed by WVDF in its sole discretion.

    The core assessment of the Entries will focus on the innovativeness, feasibility, and viability of the proposed solution.

    All Entries will be evaluated by the Chair and co-Chairs of the Competition by using the common “Executive Summary Judging Criteria”.

    The Chair and co-Chairs will hold a joint session where up to a maximum of 5 Entries will be identified as Finalists.

    WVDF will attempt to contact each of the Finalists by email and/or telephone within two weeks after the Preliminary Round Close Date.  In the event that a Finalist cannot be contacted within two (2) weeks after the selections have been made, that Finalist will be disqualified and an alternate Finalist will be selected.

    What is the Prize?

    The Finalists will undergo the Social Innovation Boot Camp to help them refine their ideas before the Final Pitch Round. The Finalists and WVDF will agree upon a suitable commencement date for the sessions.

    The top team selected as the winner per challenge will receive PhP100,000.00. Aside from giving out cash prizes, World Vision will also fundraise for the implementation of the winning solutions and provide technical support and advisory services.

    What is the Final Round Pitch?

    At the Final Round Pitch, Finalists will be provided an opportunity to present their Business Plans, which should explain the practicability of the plan execution and fundability potential.

    Each Finalist will conduct a 5-minute, uninterrupted Business Plan presentation in English followed by up to 3-5 minutes of question and answer. It is not compulsory for all Team members to address the Judges Panel in the presentation.

    The Judges will make their evaluations and give their scores by using a common “Business Plan Judging Criteria”.

    The four winning teams will be decided by the highest score after a joint deliberation of the Judging Panel.

    Will my travel expenses be paid for by World Vision during the boot camp?

    No. The travel costs will be covered by the Finalists. Remote options will be available.

    Will my idea be implemented by World Vision in the Philippines?

    WVDF reserves the right to implement or not implement any ideas submitted to the competition including the winning submission.

    Are the decisions of the Judges final?

    The decisions of the Judging Panel are final and binding. WVDF and/or the Judging Panel reserves the right to disqualify any Entry that in its judgment violates the Eligibility or these Rules of the Competition.

    Before being confirmed as a Finalist or Winner, each such Finalist or Winner will be required to sign and return, within the time stipulated by WVDF a full release and indemnity form stating that the Finalist or Winner has read and understood the Rules, grants all consents required, authorizes WVDF to broadcast, publish and disseminate Team members’ name, city of residence, photograph, likeness, and voice, in connection with the Competition and their participation in either of the Prizes at no additional compensation to the Finalist or Winner, accepts the Prizes as offered, and releases WVDF and related parties from any and all liability of any kind arising out of the Winner’s participation in the Competition and the Prizes, including any related travel. Proof of identification must be provided upon request.


    If for any reason, in the opinion of WVDF, in its sole discretion, the Competition is not capable of running as originally planned, or if the administration, security, fairness, integrity or the proper conduct of the Competition is corrupted or adversely affected, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond its control, WVDF reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend or suspend the Competition.

    WVDF reserves the right to modify the Rules without materially affecting the terms and conditions hereof. WVDF reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the operation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of the Rules or otherwise in a disruptive manner.

    Any attempt to deliberately damage the Competition website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Competition is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, WVDF reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent of the law.

    The Competition is subject to all applicable  national, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.