Oorja shortlisted for the 2022 Energising Agriculture Ashden Award
This award recognises our innovation bridging the gap between the agriculture and energy access sectors.
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Oorja kickstarts CatalyzeTech project in partnership with Selco Foundation
In this project, training modules will be developed to mobilise and train 500 small and marginal farmers to grow high-value crops and increase their agricultural income. Simultaneously, 50 women farmers or "Krishi Sakhis" will be empowered to assist in daily operation and maintenance of agricultural technologies.
Read the full press release here.
Oorja among UN Best Small Business winners
Selected from nearly 2,000 applications from 135 countries, the 50 winners all showcase inspiring, diverse, and impactful solutions in improving access to healthy, sustainable food. They will also share US$100,000 in cash prizes. Read more about the hidden heroes of our food systems here.
Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) Grand Challenge Awardees Announced
Oorja was selected among the 15 winners of the WE4F South and Southeast Asia Grant Challenge. WE4F supports innovations in water, energy and food and will invest $180,000 in expanding Oorja's Agri-Energy services across northern India in 2021-22. WE4F is an international partnership supported by USAID, the European Union, and international development agencies of Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands.
Cisco's new video highlights the benefit of our "Oonnati" irrigation service for smallholder farmers.
Our farming services
❄️ Cooling as a service.
Available at the farm or market gate on a per-crate-per-day basis.
⚡ Agroprocessing as a service.
Available on-farm at a per-kg rate.
We raise finance for the company to invest in community-scale agri infrastructure. This is typically blended capital.
We identify or receive referrals for potential project sites where smallholder farmers rely on diesel power for their energy needs.
Our ground team conducts farmer consultation to assess demand for our services. We form groups of interested farmers and may collect membership fees from them.
We procure equipment from reputed domestic suppliers and complete civil works, installation testing and commissioning of solar systems.
We hire an Operator from the local community and train them to deliver irrigation, milling or cooling services and maintain a sales register.
Customers pay the Operator based on their consumption at affordable tariffs. For example, irrigation is paid per litre based on a flowmeter.
Our ground team conducts regular maintenance and repairs, ensuring services are hassle-free and keeping our customers happy.
We monitor project performance and collect annual impact data. This helps us to assess the economic, social and environmental benefits.
We are aligned to 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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