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Figuring It Out


Apr 18, 2019

I first discovered Sathya and his work with Keythi in a National Geographic article. I was moved by their work to improve the lives of small farmers through technology, innovation and creativity.

Keythi designs, adapts and implements low-cost farming solutions that help small farmers increase yield and predictability of produce. They combine these technologies with end-to-end support to give these farmers a seamless path towards income increase. They have developed a “Greenhouse-in-a-box” – an affordable, modular greenhouse bundled with full stack services that uses 90% less water, grows 7 times more food and gives farmers a steady dependable income.

Sathya started his career in accounting, taxation and finance. Quitting his job at PwC, he founded a couple of Agriculture startups to increase his happiness and increase income for farmers; this lead to the formation of Kheyti. He writes on farm matters in Business Line, HuffPost, SSIR, SciDevNet and became a Rainer Arnhold Fellow in 2018, an Aspen New Voices Fellow in 2016, and Acumen India Fellow in 2014. Kheyti’s Greenhouses can enable a farmer to produce 7x more food with 90% less water, but they’ve been out of reach for poor farmers. Kheyti developed a low-cost, climate-resilient Greenhouse-in-a-box; a durable and modular unit that is bundled with services which generates a reliable farm income. Sathya is the cofounder & President of Kheyti, which won many awards including MassChallenge, Millennium Alliance , Design Impact Awards etc., and featured in NatGeo, CNBC, Forbes etc