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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Food Security Solutions out of 502
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2.093.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 502 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 food & agriculture startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 497 food security solutions, get in touch.
EatWell provides Affordable Meal Kits
Over 460 million people have limited access to affordable and nutritious food. The problems of these communities are unaddressed, due to, amongst other reasons, a lack of connectivity. Startups tackle these issues by providing plans and options to allow low-income families to have a supply of healthy nutrition.
Through meal kits, Boston startup EatWell makes healthy eating available to all families. Providing a set of fresh ingredients and recipes for creating meals, their meal kit is a box complete with recipes and ingredients to cook meals for four. These ingredients are bought fresh, with the help of donations and contributions from the community which is why EatWell is able to distribute the kits at a lower price point. The recipes and ingredients are nutritionally balanced, culturally calibrated, and priced to suit the needs of communities that face food security.
Nilus develops Solutions to Redistribute Food
Despite food insecurity being a rising risk for people, 33% of the world’s food is wasted annually. Besides contributing towards global greenhouse (GHG) emissions and putting massive pressure on water usage, wasting food also wastes resources that could be used by other individuals. Therefore, startups & scaleups globally address the need for solutions that redistribute food from being wasted.
Argentinian startup Nilus provides a platform to design and implement food solutions for low-income communities. Through its projects, the startup approaches different methods that tackle food security. These range from partnering with corporations to donate food, to the rescue and redistribution of surplus food to people who need it the most. For instance, Nilus partners with the Government of Mexico City to provide redistributed food in community canteens.
Brevel advances the Cultivation of Microalgae
Traditional cultivation methods, which are land-, water-, and energy-intensive, are not suitable to handle the global food demand any longer. As a result, startups develop alternative techniques to cultivate foods that are both sustainably grown and nutritious. Microalgae come as one option to address the food needs of the world, being both water- and energy-friendly while serving many proteins, fatty acids, carotenoids.
Brevel is an Israeli startup that produces microalgae solutions to address the rising global food demand by advancing its cultivation. The startup’s solution uses automated, sterile indoor photo-bioreactors, which are illuminated from within, to cultivate microalgae at high light intensity. Because the cultivation systems are independent of uncontrollable external stimuli, the bioreactors grow more microalgae at lower costs.
OneFarm provides Vertical Farming Solutions
Traditional farming practices are not optimized in terms of land use and, with the growing food demand, optimal land utilization is essential to the agriculture industry. Vertical farming is one option that achieves this goal by spreading the area used for cultivation into vertical dimensions. Startups further supplement vertical farming solutions with artificial intelligence and data analytics to increase crop yields.
Dutch startup OneFarm develops vertical farming technologies and solutions. It builds large-scale vertical farms and combines this infrastructure with data on crops, pharmaceutical, and medicinal plants to increase the efficiency of planting patterns. Additionally, real-time analytics prevent diseases and pests to protect the crops. OneFarm’s AI-based management system maps decisions on crop cycles and allows for farms to be managed free of manual intervention.
AGPharm Bioinnovations develops Crop Protection Solutions
An estimated 30% of global crops are lost due to infections and diseases. Traditionally, crops are treated with synthetic pesticides and herbicides, but the usage of these results in lower crop quality. Biopesticides and bioherbicides, on the other hand, are natural pesticides, developed from plant and flower extracts. These treat plant pests and diseases, while maintaining their quality.
AGPharm Bioinnovations is an Indian startup that delivers crop disease prevention solutions. Its product, Sancontrol-II, is a mycoherbicide formulation that controls the growth of the weed Lantana, a predominant weed in more than 14 cash crops. The startup also offers mono-herbal formulations SCS4 and SCS7 which are effective against multidrug-resistant infectious microorganisms. Moreover, AGPBI offers solutions that extend the shelf life of fruits & vegetables.
Discover more Food & Agriculture Startups
Startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on gene editing, 3d printing, artificial proteins as well as precision farming. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing both industries, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Food & Agriculture Innovation Reports to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.