From left to proper: Sudha Srinivasan (CEO, The/Nudge CSI), Renuka Karandikar (Bioprime Agrisolutions), Shri Manoj Ahuja (Agriculture Secretary, GoI), Nidhi Pant (S4S Technologies), Harish Krishnan (MD & Chief Policy Officer, Cisco India, and SAARC)

S4S Technologies was chosen because the winner on 27 April, of the ‘The/Nudge Prize | Cisco Agri Challenge’, and Bioprime Agrisolutions emerged because the runner-up of the competition, which had referred to as for ‘options to reinforce the profitability of small scale farmers, with 10-million-lives potential. The winners had been recognized by a grand jury aided by the Monitoring and Evaluation train performed by the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA); and felicitated by Shri Manoj Ahuja, Agriculture Secretary, Government of India. 

Cisco and The/Nudge Institute introduced the problem in December 2020 in partnership with the Office of the PSA, Govt. of India, with an goal to mobilize Agri startups working in direction of earnings era and sustainable livelihoods for small/ marginal farmers, whereas delivering optimistic financial, social, and environmental worth. 

The Grand Finale revealed the profitable concepts and celebrated the work of those distinctive agri entrepreneurs. While the profitable group took dwelling prize cash of INR 1 crore, the runner-up bagged Rs 25 lakhs, along with the milestone grants, additional entry to traders, mentors, data and know-how companions, and coverage circle advisers, over the 18-month interval of this system. 

Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, recommended ‘The/Nudge Prize| Cisco Agri Challenge’ program, saying, “It is heartening to see the leading technology company Cisco Systems and The/Nudge Institute driving innovation programs like Cisco Agri Challenge. Through this initiative, young Indian entrepreneurs are bringing innovation and affordable technologies to farmers. The Cisco Agri Challenge has successfully brought together private sector investors, government, citizens, society, and agriculture experts, apart from providing financial support to startups. The Central Government has also launched the Digital Agriculture Mission for providing technology-led solutions in the agriculture sector and the work of Cisco and The/Nudge Institute is a welcome step in this direction. I would like to congratulate the teams for this commendable work.”    

Sudha Srinivasan, the CEO, of The/Nudge Centre for Social Innovation, shared, “The Cisco Agri Challenge drew talent, technology, capital, and attention to the most pressing land, crop, infrastructure, market fulfillment, and social protection issues of small farmers, spurred by the pandemic. The challenge has spotlighted innovative ideas that will empower India to leapfrog in developing sustainable solutions for an inclusive economy, biodiversity preservation, environmental conservation, climate change, and regenerative agriculture. Congratulations to the winners of the challenge.”

The finalists, over the course of the problem, have raised over ₹30 Crores from traders. In addition, lots of them have gained worldwide awards and accolades. Takachar, which is on a mission to battle local weather change and increase farmer incomes by drastically scaling the productive utilization of crop residues, was the recipient of the celebrated Earth shot Prize. Similarly, S4S Technologies, which is engaged on constructing a full-stack meals processing platform, was not too long ago awarded the Zyed Sustainability Prize.   

S4S Technologies is a meals preservation firm powered by UN award-winning photo voltaic drying know-how. The majority of farmers in India face the problem of correct storage post-harvesting interval, because of which their crop isn’t bought and finally deteriorates.

S4S applied sciences settle for grade B and grade C produce from farmers to provide preservative-free, dehydrated meals having one yr of shelf life. On one facet, S4S offers chemical-free, nutritious merchandise to shoppers, and on the opposite facet, it has created a optimistic affect on a farmer’s livelihood serving to them enhance their earnings by over 50%.

The runner-up, Bioprime, presents aid to farmers worldwide, combating crop loss, temperature fluctuations, drought, resilient bugs, and ailments. To obtain this they’re growing efficient & inexpensive Agri biologicals with time-proven biomolecules, life-friendly chemistry, sensible materials, and vitality use.

Notable attendees on the occasion included Prof. Dharmendra Saraswat from Purdue University, Mr. Arun Seth (Chairman, NASSCOM Foundation), Mr. M Okay Khan (Chairman, ICFA), Mekhala Krishnamurthy (CPR, Ashoka), Mr. Ajai Choudhary (cofounder HCL), Dr. Chintan Vaishnav (Mission Director- AIM, NITI Aayog), Srivalli Krishnan (Sr. Program Officer – Global Development – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Vijay Mahajan(CEO, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation), Hemendra Mathur (Bharat Innovation Fund), members of the Brazilian embassy and 50+ company representing the Agri / Innovation ecosystem.

Throughout this system, contributors had been supported by an eminent circle of companions and consultants like Mark Kahn (Managing Partner, Omnivore), Anil Kumar SG (Founder & CEO, Samunnati), Samit Ghosh (Founder, Ujjivan), and Shamika Ravi (Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution). Knowledge and Technology Partners embrace NSRCEL, IIM Bangalore, Purdue University, and Sattva Consulting.

First printed on: 27 Apr 2022, 12:08 IST



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