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2. Zero Hunger 3. Good Health and Well-Being 6. Clean Water and Sanitation 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Overview

Situated on the periphery of Bengaluru city, Farmizen manages five farms amounting to 10.5 acres, divided into mini-farms of 600 sq. ft. each. Farmizen has a subscription model and by paying Russ 2500 monthly subscription fee individuals will be allocated with twelve soil beds in the mini-farms and then will be connected to farmers, and grow your own vegetables with help from farmers. The customers can visit the farm and harvest their own produce, or have it home delivered.

The individuals can grow vegetables of their choice as per the season. The subscribers can control the farm through an app just like Farmville and can visit the farm anytime and harvest their own chemical-free produce. The information is substantiated with pictures and live videos of the process and has a system of adequate checks and balances in place against any violation. The Farmizen team ensures that the consumer knows how and what reaches from farm to their plates A comprehensive technology stack built by them includes consumers’ app on Android and iOS, a farm management app for farmers (also available in regional languages), unmanned aerial videography using drones, image processing to identify crop growth stages for remote monitoring, a driver app for optimizing delivery routes and managing the last mile delivery.

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In India, a vast majority of the food is produced by smallholding farmers, who are often debt-stricken and living in conditions of poverty. Unexpected price variations, uncertain weather conditions and the desire for a higher yield to make greater profits make them resort to using chemical fertilizers, the long-term result of which is the deteriorated quality of the soil. A fixed amount is paid every month to farmers thus incentivize the farmers to adopt the best techniques for production, instead of the most cost-effective practice. The partner farmers of Farmizen make a minimum of three or more times income from this model as compared to traditional agriculture. On the other hand, consumers get access to fresh and safe, traceable food they can trust which are locally grown free of chemicals – delivered directly to their doorstep


Author

Tony Sachin

Tony Sachin

School

Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering

Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering

Professor

Kavya Dasari

Kavya Dasari

Innovation

In India, a vast majority of the food is produced by smallholding farmers, who are often debt-stricken and living in conditions of poverty. Unexpected price variations, uncertain weather conditions and the desire for a higher yield to make greater profits make them resort to using chemical fertilizers, the long-term result of which is the deteriorated quality of the soil. A fixed amount is paid every month to farmers thus incentivize the farmers to adopt the best techniques for production, instead of the most cost-effective practice. The partner farmers of Farmizen make a minimum of three or more times income from this model as compared to traditional agriculture. On the other hand, consumers get access to fresh and safe, traceable food they can trust which are locally grown free of chemicals – delivered directly to their doorstep

Project Head

Inspiration

In India, a vast majority of the food is produced by smallholding farmers, who are often debt-stricken and living in conditions of poverty. Unexpected price variations, uncertain weather conditions and the desire for a higher yield to make greater profits make them resort to using chemical fertilizers, the long-term result of which is the deteriorated quality of the soil. A fixed amount is paid every month to farmers thus incentivize the farmers to adopt the best techniques for production, instead of the most cost-effective practice. The partner farmers of Farmizen make a minimum of three or more times income from this model as compared to traditional agriculture. On the other hand, consumers get access to fresh and safe, traceable food they can trust which are locally grown free of chemicals – delivered directly to their doorstep

Overall impact

In India, a vast majority of the food is produced by smallholding farmers, who are often debt-stricken and living in conditions of poverty. Unexpected price variations, uncertain weather conditions and the desire for a higher yield to make greater profits make them resort to using chemical fertilizers, the long-term result of which is the deteriorated quality of the soil. A fixed amount is paid every month to farmers thus incentivize the farmers to adopt the best techniques for production, instead of the most cost-effective practice. The partner farmers of Farmizen make a minimum of three or more times income from this model as compared to traditional agriculture. On the other hand, consumers get access to fresh and safe, traceable food they can trust which are locally grown free of chemicals – delivered directly to their doorstep

Business benefit

In India, a vast majority of the food is produced by smallholding farmers, who are often debt-stricken and living in conditions of poverty. Unexpected price variations, uncertain weather conditions and the desire for a higher yield to make greater profits make them resort to using chemical fertilizers, the long-term result of which is the deteriorated quality of the soil. A fixed amount is paid every month to farmers thus incentivize the farmers to adopt the best techniques for production, instead of the most cost-effective practice. The partner farmers of Farmizen make a minimum of three or more times income from this model as compared to traditional agriculture. On the other hand, consumers get access to fresh and safe, traceable food they can trust which are locally grown free of chemicals – delivered directly to their doorstep

Social and environmental benefit

In India, a vast majority of the food is produced by smallholding farmers, who are often debt-stricken and living in conditions of poverty. Unexpected price variations, uncertain weather conditions and the desire for a higher yield to make greater profits make them resort to using chemical fertilizers, the long-term result of which is the deteriorated quality of the soil. A fixed amount is paid every month to farmers thus incentivize the farmers to adopt the best techniques for production, instead of the most cost-effective practice. The partner farmers of Farmizen make a minimum of three or more times income from this model as compared to traditional agriculture. On the other hand, consumers get access to fresh and safe, traceable food they can trust which are locally grown free of chemicals – delivered directly to their doorstep

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Business Website: dwwwedxw.com

Year Founded: 2015

Number of Employees: 11 to 50

Farmizen lets customers grow and harvest their own organic food by creating a community of urban dwelling people who prefer organic products to lead a better lifestyle. They achieve this by renting out land to the customers and growing organic food efficiently. Understanding the effects of chemicals in our food is a bit like one of those things that once you know, you can’t help but notice it all the time. You can’t un-do the damage you are doing to your body.