This Northwestern Alum’s ‘Greenhouse-in-a-Box’ Protects Farmers From Climate Change

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Climate change is already impacting the way we grow crops, both directly, through extreme weather events and irregularities in long-standing climate patterns, and indirectly, through increased incidence of pests and pathogens, according to a 2014 National Climate Assessment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

One tested solution that protects farmers from extreme weather: greenhouses. These small scale operations, while prevalent in the developed world, can cost upwards of $5,000, not including maintenance costs. So what about the developing world, home to 78% of the world’s harvested croplands, where farmers cannot afford such prices and effects of climate change are most pronounced?

That’s where Kheyti comes in. Kheyti (Hindi for “farming”) is a social impact startup that has developed a low-cost and modular (hence “in a box”) greenhouse solution that fits in about 2,000 square feet of land (typically 2-5 percent of most small-sized farms). Kheyti’s greenhouse has shown to grow seven times more food with up to 90 percent less water, according to the startup. With firm belief in a sustainable development model, Kheyti also bundles services like installation training, smart farming education, affordable loan financing, access to high quality seeds, and linkage to a ready and fair marketplace.

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