Farmers in India may find some relief from climate change in the form of an economical structure from Kheyti

Climate change has already begun to adversely affect farmers, who already have difficult livelihoods. Now, the risk of crop failures is even greater because of the unpredictable weather. Farmers in India at times go into debt, purchasing resources such as seeds in advance, planning to pay the loans back after the harvest. If the harvest fails, they end up being in debt. In an effort to alleviate this problem, startup Kheyti designed and created a greenhouse that gives these farmers a level of protection. Called ‘Greenhouse in a Box', the name says it all. This modular greenhouse is not too expensive to create and can provide regular crops year-round even if the weather is not cooperating.

The greenhouse uses little water and grows almost seven times more food, giving farmers access to a more reliable source of income. A drip irrigation system is in place, which cuts down water use. It also protects crops from pests, reducing any attacks by 90 percent. As a result, farmers can plan on receiving a more reliable income. Although the greenhouse isn't exactly cheap, Kheyti has teamed up with a bank to make it possible to pay in quarterly payments. They predict that farmers should make $475 a quarter from the greenhouse, making it a solid investment.

Beyond just installing this greenhouse, Khyeti also provides full support to their customers. For the farmers currently testing the greenhouses out, Khyeti has field officers who provide information and connections to the best supplies, markets, finances, and any training that is needed to successfully utilize the greenhouse. To go even further, the company plans on creating an app that can provide quicker services to larger groups of people. So far, the program has been successful, with 3,000 farmers already interested in joining. Hopefully, this will be a sustainable asset that provide more peace of mind and a stable livelihood to a group at the mercy of the environment.

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Climate change has already begun to adversely affect farmers, who already have difficult livelihoods. Now, the risk of crop failures is even greater because of the unpredictable weather. Farmers in India at times go into debt, purchasing resources such as seeds in advance, planning to pay the loans back after the harvest. If the harvest fails, they end up being in debt. In an effort to alleviate this problem, startup Kheyti designed and created a greenhouse that gives these farmers a level of protection. Called ‘Greenhouse in a Box', the name says it all. This modular greenhouse is not too expensive to create and can provide regular crops year-round even if the weather is not cooperating.