- Calestous Juma ~ Ag Innovation in Africa Project, Harvard
- David Funkhouser ~ Fair Trade USA
- Sarah Kalloch ~ Oxfam America
- Marc Shotland ~ MIT J-PAL & Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative
"Around the world, 550 million smallholder farmers lack access to mechanized agricultural technology. Many important food staples like maize (corn) and grains (e.g., rice or wheat) are harvested and processed by hand, which is both labor intensive and time consuming. This year's Yunus Challenge calls for locally and environmentally sustainable innovations to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. The 2011 Yunus Challenge will be awarded to participants who create an innovative solution that has the most potential to increase adoption of beneficial agricultural technologies, financial systems, or market access among smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods"