Aneel Kumar Ambavaram grew up in a Kadapa, a village in India known for its labor-intensive sweet orange cultivation. He left is 15-year corporate career to uplift sweet orange farmers, creating new sources of income for the poorest of the poor.
When Selvakumar Varadharajan, founder and Chief Executive of Laymen Agro Ventures settled in Bangalore to start a family, he and his wife soon began to long for the farm-fresh produce and dairy of their childhood that was not available in urban India. This prompted them to move back to Coimbatore to start a venture that would provide urban citizens with access to fresh agro-products while improving the livelihoods of small-holder farmers and rural youths in the process.
Upaya's second accelerator program, focused on the agribusiness industry in India, successfully launched with a workshop in Bangalore on June 1.
Farmers around the world face intense pressure. Steadily rising cost of inputs, combined with downward pressure on prices, and price volatility in general, make it difficult to predict how much income one can earn in any given season. Despite the grim trends, I am optimistic that dedicated entrepreneurs and creative business models can usher in the operational and technological innovations that are needed.
Woman agripreneur and Upaya Partner Siddhi Karnani of Parvata Foods is breaking stereotypes in the highly male-dominated agriculture industry in India. Read the article on globalcitizen.org >>