Telangana startup Kheti wins Prince William’s Earthshot Award

Telangana startup Kheti wins Prince William’s Earthshot Award
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LONDON: A greenhouse-in-a-box sustainable solution for smallholder farmers, devised by Telangana startup Kheti, which was founded by Britain’s Prince William and dubbed the ‘Eco Oscars’, has won the £1 million Earthshot Prize. was given.

Farming, one of five winners at the gala green carpet awards ceremony in Boston on Friday night, won the award in the Protect and Restore Nature category from hundreds of entries from around the world. Leading solution for local smallholder farmers designed to reduce costs, increase. Protecting yields and livelihoods in a region on the front lines of climate change.

Prince William of Wales said, “I believe the Earthshot solutions you have seen this evening prove that we can overcome our planet’s biggest challenges, and that by supporting and expanding them, we can change our future Huh.”

“With tonight’s winners and finalists, and more to be discovered in the years to come, it is my hope that the Earthshot legacy will continue to grow, helping our communities and our planet to thrive.

Koushik Kappagantulu, co-founder and CEO of Kheti, said he launched the concept to help some of the roughly 100 million smallholder farmers in India, one of the poorest on the planet and most affected by climate change. is affected.

Their greenhouse-in-a-box provides shelter from unpredictable elements and destructive pests, and the startup also trains and supports farmers to ensure their greenhouse is as effective as possible.

“We are honored to be recognized with The Earthshot Prize this year. The world depends on its smallholder farmers and yet they have the toughest lives on Earth,” said Kappagantulu. Our Greenhouse-in-a-Box in India today Empowering the farmers. The steps we have already taken in farming are now getting ready to change the lives of farmers on a large scale.”

The results of the project have been described as “dramatic”. Plants in the greenhouse require 98 percent less water than outdoors and yields are up to seven times higher.

Ninety percent cheaper than a standard greenhouse, they more than double farmers’ income, helping them invest more in their farms and their children’s education. They are also protecting the planet by using less water and fewer pesticides.

Another Indian project, Founder and CEO Ankit Agarwal’s Phool from Uttar Pradesh, which converts flowers scattered in the Ganges River into sustainable leather called Flider, was among this year’s 15 finalist worldwide projects.

All 15 will receive tailored support from the Earthshot Prize Global Alliance – a network of world-leading philanthropists, NGOs and private sector businesses around the world that will help scale their solutions.

Other winners of the 2022 awards include: Mukuru Clean Stoves from Kenya in the Clean Our Air category for their processed biomass stove; Notpla from the United Kingdom in the Build a Waste-Free World category for its biodegradable plastic made from seaweed; Indigenous women of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in the Regenerate Our Oceans category for ocean conservation; and 44.01 from Oman in the Fix Hour Climate category for a low cost and safe alternative to traditional methods of carbon storage.

In the 1960s, US President John F. Inspired by Kennedy’s Moonshot Challenge, which united millions of people around the goal of sending a man to the Moon within a decade, the Earthshot Prize aims to discover and help develop innovative solutions that will sustainably power the world. help us move forward. A trajectory toward a stable climate by 2030.

Each year, five winners will be selected for groundbreaking solutions to five of the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet.

In its second year, the Earthshot Prize said it launched an ambitious global nine-month search process, seeking the most inspiring and innovative solutions to the biggest environmental challenges facing the planet.

Over 1,000 applications were considered from around the world, with 15 finalists from 10 countries selected through a selection process supported by an expert advisory panel.

One of last year’s winning projects was from Delhi – Takachar, led by Vidyut Mohan, won the award in the “Clean Our Air” category for affordable technology innovation to convert crop residues into salable bio-products.

The article is in Hindi

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