Indian Startup Kheyti Among 5 Winners of 2022 Earthshot Awards

Indian Startup 'Kheyti' that offers solution to local smallholder farmers to reduce costs, increase yields and protect livelihoods, has received this year's prestigious ‘ Earthshot ’ award. Kheyti was selected for the award along with 4 other winners. Earthshot awards is an initiative launched by Prince William under which a prize money of one million pounds is given to each winner.

Kheyti was declared the winner in the "Protect and Restore Nature" category. Earthshot said in a statement that small farmers under this category should reduce costs, Leading solutions are provided to increase yields and save livelihoods in the country in view of climate change.

Over 1000 applications from around the world were considered, with 15 finalists from 10 countries chosen through a selection process supported by an expert advisory panel.

The final five winners were selected by The Earthshot Prize Council, a diverse team of influential individuals which include: HRH Prince William, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Sir David Attenborough, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Indra Nooyi, Shakira Mebarak, Christiana Figueres, Luisa Neubauer, Cate Blanchett, Yao Ming, Daniel Alves Da Silva, Ernest Gibson, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Jack Ma, and Naoko Yamazaki.

About Kheyti 

Kheyti has developed a “Greenhouse-in-a-box” – an affordable, modular greenhouse bundled with full stack services that uses 90% less water, grows 7 times more food and gives farmers a steady dependable income.

Its Greenhouse-in-a-Box is designed for small-hold farmers and the crops they grow, offering shelter from unpredictable elements and destructive pests. Kheyti also trains and supports farmers to ensure their greenhouse is as effective as possible.


Kheyti's Greenhouse-in-a-Box are 90% cheaper than a standard greenhouse and more than doubling farmers’ incomes thus helping them invest more in their farms and their children’s education. Using less water and fewer pesticides, they are protecting the planet too.

According to Earthshot, about 1,000 farms in 6 Indian states have a Kheyti greenhouse at present. By 2027, Kheyti is aiming for 50,000 farmers to have a Greenhouse-in-a-Box.

Based out of Hyderabad, Telangana, Kheyti was founded in 2015 by Ramana Gupta, Kaushik Kappagantulu and Sathya Raghu V Mokkapati.

In last year's Earthshot awards, India’s Takachar was the winner of "Clean Our Air" category. Takachar has developed a cheap, small-scale, portable technology that attaches to tractors in remote farms. The machine converts crop residues into sellable bio-products like fuel and fertilizer. 

About Earthshot Awards

Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot challenge in the 1960s, which united millions of people around the goal of putting a person on the moon within a decade, The Earthshot Prize aims to discover and help scale innovative solutions that put the world firmly on a trajectory toward a stable climate by 2030 – a world in which communities, oceans and biodiversity can thrive in harmony.

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