Here’s a bit of info on one of the 5 winners of the prestigious Earthshot Prize. It will be useful for the UPSC Exam, especially for the GS-3 paper – note it down!
Indian startup ‘Kheyti’ won the prize in the ‘Protect & Restore Nature’ category.
- What is the Earthshot Prize?
-The annual awards were created by Prince William to fund projects that aim to save the planet. -5 Earthshot Prizes of £1m ($1.2m) are being awarded each year until 2030 in support of environmental innovation projects for the future.
- Why did Kheyti from India win the prize?
-Kheyti provides technology solutions for small farmers. They design, adapt & implement low-cost farming solutions that help small farmers increase yield & predictability of produce.
-They’ve developed a “Greenhouse-in-a-box”
-It’s an affordable, modular greenhouse bundled with full stack services that use 90% less water, grows 7 times more food & gives farmers a steady dependable income. -Greenhouse-in-a-Box helps small-hold farmers protect their crops from extreme weather & pests.
-It’s a wonderful innovation that saves on water & pesticides & provides higher yields at a fraction of the price.
-They are currently working with 1000 farmers in 6 states of India. They have 1500 farmers enrolled in their program today & aim to reach 50,000 farmers by 2027.