Emerging gastronomic adventures for the Indian palate

The world is currently obsessed with the revolutionary potential of alternative protein. With products that imitate the taste and texture of meat, seafood, dairy, and eggs, we seem to be at the cusp of potentially embracing a vegan future. This bioscience fairytale is still early stage globally, albeit with remarkable progress made by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods in the USA. However, when we shift our focus to India, we find ourselves facing a unique set of challenges.

What is alternative protein?

Alternative protein can be broken down in three categories. The first category is plant-based meat made from plants…


Can precision agritech alleviate the impact of climate change and improve farmer incomes?

India is among the top 10 countries in the climate vulnerability index and is already grappling with challenges such as rising temperatures, erratic precipitation, and extreme weather events. Current farming practices in India are exacerbating the situation, consuming 85% of our freshwater resources while accounting for 20% of the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With collapsing soil fertility and rising population, India may face a 42 million MT shortfall of fresh fruits and vegetables within a decade. Using our finite resources judiciously, how can we sustainably increase our food production capacities?

Over the past five years, investment in agritech solutions…


How Krishitantra, our latest investment, will help improve soil nutrition across India.

Making Indian agriculture more sustainable is one of the three pillars of Omnivore’s Theory of Change. But how can we achieve such a challenging goal? Certainly, one critical step is optimizing the use of natural resources across the agricultural value chain, and Indian farmers spend more on fertilizers (USD 16 billion, including subsidy) than on seeds, pesticides, and tractors combined. Moreover, despite all of this spending, soil fertility in India is collapsing and farmers lack an understanding of what soil nutrition solutions are ideal for their specific landholding.

With this context in mind, Omnivore’s recent investment in Krishitantra makes perfect…

Omnivore

Omnivore is a venture capital firm, based in India, which funds entrepreneurs building the future of agriculture and food systems.

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