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Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies (AST) developed BioEnsure, a low-cost fungus-based seed treatment that increases the ability of plants to access water and nutrients in the soil.

Unlike many products meant to improve agricultural productivity, BioEnsure requires almost no behavior change by farmers, making it an easily adoptable solution that can be applied to both new seeds and seeds from previously harvested plants. In a USAID-supported pilot program, smallholder farmers in India increased their yields by over 50 percent on average. With support from Development Innov...
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Unlike many products meant to improve agricultural productivity, BioEnsure requires almost no behavior change by farmers, making it an easily adoptable solution that can be applied to both new seeds and seeds from previously harvested plants. In a USAID-supported pilot program, smallholder farmers in India increased their yields by over 50 percent on average. With support from Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), AST is conducting peer reviewed trials, exploring new sales and distribution strategies, business models, and pricing structures to demonstrate a commercial pathway to scale that expects to reach over 100,000 smallholder farmers in India over three years. DIV support aims to de-risk future investment in AST’s Indian operations and attract private capital, while helping smallholder farmers in Rajasthan access this innovative technology.
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Stage 2: Research & Development

Focus Areas:

Agriculture and Climate Change and Resilience

Agriculture and Climate Change and ResilienceSEE LESS

Implemented In:

India

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Problem

Climate change-induced environmental stresses––including drought, extreme temperatures, and soil salinization––threaten food security all over the world, with developing countries expected to be the most significantly impacted. Smallholder farmers are particularly vulnerable, including nearly 120 million subsistence farmers in India who live on less than $2 per day.

Planned Goals and Milestones

DIV supports aims to de-risk future investment in AST’s Indian operations and attract private capital, while helping smallholder farmers in Rajasthan access this innovative technology.

Milestone

Jul 2020
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$750,000
TITLEUsing Biotech to Increase Yields in Areas Facing Environmental Stresses
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Agriculture
Implemented InIndia
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
India