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Jun 18, 2020

Climate Smart Innovation under Covid-19 Adversity

Uninterrupted support for farmers during COVID-19
Uninterrupted support for farmers during COVID-19

Climate-smart greenhouses sustaining livelihoods for poor farmers  

We are pleased to report that 223 farmers are now benefitting through their use of climate-smart greenhouses and the plan remains to start enabling another 327 farmers as soon as Covid-19 restrictions are removed.  

Despite the severity of the Covid-19 restrictions, especially in terms of access to and transport from their villages, these farmers have continued to receive uninterrupted guidance and support from our partners,including remote agronomy advice using WhatsApp and help with the transport of their produce to the markets. By enabling and maintaining these important services during these exceptional timesthe farmers have retained their ability to earn a steady income, secure seeds and fertilizers needed to start their next crop cycle and maintain the food security for their families. 

Many of these farmers have however, also lost the value of theiropen land winter crops that normally would have been harvested, transported, and sold to the markets during the Covid-19 lockdown periodbut instead have had to be sold in smaller quantities locally or consumed domestically. 

This has meant that for many of these farmers, their climate-smart greenhouses have proved to be the principal source of sustainable income. 


Introducing the $500 climate-smart greenhouse  

In such times of adversity, we believe innovation can helpWe are pleased to therefore announce the planned launch of the $500 climate-smart greenhouse. These smaller and more affordable greenhouses will help extend the same principal benefits of resource preservation, reduced water consumption, greater food security and environmentally friendly farming to even more poor farmers. 

A donation of $500 will help us to secure a climate-smart greenhouse for a small-holding farmer and her family. 

Through the planned introduction of a broader range of crops (e.g. onions, cabbages, carrotsthese farmers will also be able to rotate their crops, continue to sustain their livelihoods and food security as well as provide greater crop diversity to their local markets. 

With the help of constant innovation to meet the challenges of struggling small-holding farmers, your generous and continued support is helping to improve their food security and sustain their livelihoods. 

Feb 20, 2020

Reaching 1,500 farmers by the end of 2020

At the start of 2020, we have 150 farmers producing and earning an average of $65 per month. This means a 78% increase in yearly income and providing greater food security for households! With more scalable and affordable programs, we aim to reach 1,500 farmers by the end of 2020. 


Thank you very much to all our generous donors; your continued support has made these milestones possible!  


Progress till date:  

We reduced loan release time from an average of 100 days with the first 50 farmers in 2019 to less than 15 days for the last 50 farmers in 2019. We have also launched version 6 of our greenhouse costing 25% less than the last while installation time has been reduced from 7 days to only 2 days. This means more farmers can access greenhouse technologies for a lower cost to provide food security for the wider community. 


How did we achieve this? 

In terms of access to loans, we expanded and deepened partnerships with financiers. We have also scaled from 18 people in one location to 46 people across 7 offices! The deepened expertise and technology ensured the lowest cost and fastest time to install greenhouses. This means we can replicate and scale-up our work across regions to reach further farming communities.  


2020 Goals: 

We aim to complete the ‘Greenhouse Lite’ at less than 50% of the cost of the current structure, increase average income per farmer per month to $80, and build a team of 100 persons across multiple office locations. With proven replicability and breakthrough affordability, we aim to help 1,500 farmers by the end of 2020! 

Dec 2, 2019

Climate Smart Greenhouses = Greater Food Security

Climate Smart Greenhouses = Greater Food Security for Poor Farmers


650 farming families enrolled, 150 farmers providing greater food security for their families despite some of the worst droughts and floods.


We are proud to report first concrete, tangible results of climate smart greenhouses delivering quality produce using organic farming methods and considerably less water while generating sustainable farmer incomes.


Our heartfelt thanks and warmest greetings for the festive season ahead. You have all continued to generously support these efforts and we are all witnessing the positive outcomes that we all wished for - farming families securing greater food security for their families.


Please continue to give your support generously


With more and more farmers growing quality produce, adopting better, more organic farming practices giving rise to sustainable levels of income and equally importantly, with climate smart farming.


Progress till date:


Our partners in India have successfully enrolled 650 farmers and installed a total of 150 climate smart greenhouses to date! This means that we have laid the foundations for helping another 500 farmers to benefit from environmentally friendly farming methods that result in greater food security for their families throughout the year.


How did we achieve this? 

By providing the farmers with support and guidance throughout the growing season, equipping the farmers with better quality seeds, encouraging them to adopt organic farming methods and helping them to bring their better quality and nutrient rich produce to local and urban markets.


With your generous support we are developing better, more robust climate smart greenhouses and making ready a greater variety of crops that the farmers can sow and grow with confidence to help keep their soil nutrient rich and devoid of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.


With the help of a more scalable and affordable program, we are confident of equipping another 500 farming families with the tools and means with which to grow and harvest better quality crops that can provide for a more reliable source of income.


Adopting Organic Farming Practices - Ancestral Intelligence !


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