Happy Roots is a national award-winning company that creates delicious high-nutrition snacks in partnership with small farmers and rural women. They source high-value indigenous crops from small farmers with a buy back guarantee and fixed fair trade prices. They then process raw material into high-nutrition cookies and crackers in co-operatives run by rural women and, finally, market and distribute the snacks across high potential urban markets.
To solve the problem of unemployment, Taank Brothers are promoting Kadaknath Rural poultry farming in the tribal belt of Jhabua in M.P. They are encouraging and assisting farmers, unemployed educated youth and members of the weaker section of society to take on poultry rearing and gain self-employment. Both Co-founders are Science Graduates from P.U. Chandigarh in 2012 and completed M.A.s in Social Entrepreneurship from TISS, Mumbai in 2014. They share a vision to become successful businessmen by creating jobs for society in the rural sector.
Yasasree is a mission-driven organization working towards creating sustainable livelihoods for people at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP). Currently, their hybrid model aims to bring the best of both worlds: corporate professionalism with the emphatic approach of sustainable development.
They envision a world wherein collaboration, sustainable development models and human-centered approaches create new opportunities for all the stakeholders including the BoP.
Yasasree’s mission is to generate additional income for sweet orange farmers and women laborers by the collection, processing and sale of aborted sweet oranges.
ZooFresh Foods is disrupting the meat industry by leveraging innovative post-harvest technologies and retail platforms to eliminate waste, enhance consumer health & delight, and increase farmer incomes in some of the poorest parts of the world. They wish to create a virtuous cycle of incomes and consumption and organize the meat retail industry which is currently dominated by “wet” markets. They do this by establishing a chain of modern, FSSAI-certified fresh meat retail outlets via a partnership with the Odisha govt., and a rural network of tribal micro-entrepreneurs in KBK districts. One of their major innovations under development is India’s first IoT-enabled Live Fish Value Chain Management technology. ZooFresh Foods was selected among the top 20 food startups at World Food India 2017 by Ministry of the Food Processing Industries, and is incubated at KIIT-TBI, UnLtd India, a-IDEA, NAARM & CIFA. It has been shortlisted for the Agriculture Grand Challenge by the Ministry of Agriculture.
FIB-SOL Life Technologies aims to innovate technologies that could solve existing problems in the agriculture and healthcare sectors.
At present FIB-SOL is concentrating on developing a fertilizer-carrying membrane (FCM). FCM are microbial formulations with improved stabilizers and carrier material, which is aimed at improving the storage, application, efficiency and logistics of biofertilizers compared to currently available products.
GO DESi is an Indian confectionery brand inspired by regional flavors and formats sourced, packed and branded at the farm gate.
GO DESi enables the setup of micro units in rural and semi-urban areas managed by farmer cooperatives/SHG. These micro units use local produce as the main raw material for manufacturing regional products under the GO DESi brand name. They, in turn, plug these products into our selling and distribution networks in urban markets.
Gramshree aims to engage, promote and support tribal farmers by ensuring the sale of their farm produce to help them raise additional income. Gramshree deals in the marketing of produce directly from farm to market and adds value to products through its in-house expertise and food processing facilities.
Across the tribal belt of our country, farmers are unable to realize the real price of their produce due to lack of knowledge, capacity or access to markets. Gramshree’s vision is to work with groups of farmers, producer organizations and civil society organizations, especially in tribal areas, to ensure that farmers are able to get better prices for their produce, helping them break out of poverty.
Laymen Agro aims to bring village fresh agro-products to urban citizens through an aggregator model that channels the lion’s share of the consumer’s price back to the rural economy. They turn rural youth into entrepreneurs (VillagePreneurs) to ensure better returns to the agro-outputs and supply agro-inputs at a wholesale price that doubles the net margin for the farmers.
The VillagePreneurs collect milk, fruits and vegetables directly from farmers, take them to the nearby cities in less than 162 minutes and distribute them under Laymen Agro’s quality certification/brand. The farmers get up to 35% better returns on milk and 40% to 60% better returns on fruits and vegetables, which increases the farmers’ margins, resulting in a substantial jump in their disposable income.
Laymen Agro enriches the farmers’ lives by empowering rural youth to excite the urban consumers!
ONganic Foods is a leading organic foods company based in West Bengal, India. ONganic works across the entire value chain, from farming and processing to research and development to domestic sales in both B2B and B2C categories. ONganic’s vision is to create better livelihoods for farmers, support health and wellness for consumers and promote a sustainable planet. They aim to double the incomes of our farmers by 2025.
Rural Roots is a high-impact social project in rural India that aims to provide skills and generate sustainable employment for at least 500 women currently living in extreme poverty within three to five years. It currently operates in the Deoria district of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, where the majority of the population is below the poverty line. Rural Roots is active in the food-processing sector and currently produces food products that are unique to the remote regions of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Over the last year, Rural Roots has trained more than 50 women and currently employs 15-20 women.
Aikya Organics creates market linkages for women-led farmer producer organizations who are cultivating chemical-free food through zero-budget natural farming. They aim to create an interconnected society based on trust and integrity where the farmers receive fair income and the consumers are more conscious about the quality and seasonality of the food they consume.
Aikya Organics is currently working with 1,200 women farmers through two FPOs and plans to reach 5,000 farmers in the next three years. They intend to make our brand “Jaivik Aahar” a household name by creating a niche of organic staples in an affordable price range.
Upaya Social Ventures is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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