20 m² soil revitalised

Revitalise small farmers' soil in India

Impact

  • Rise in farmers' productivity and incomes of 200%
  • Adaptation to climate change by increasing the number of acres of farmland under climate-smart farming practises
  • Employment opportunities in farming for men, women and the youth
  • Access to affordable sources of renewable energy
  • Mitigation of CO2 with renewable irrigation technologies
  • Increased resilience of smallholder families to economic and climate shocks

Don't just take our word for it: listen to our farmers here

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Cost Breakdown

  • 20% Land preparation
  • 7% Farming consumables
  • 17% Seeds
  • 17% Labor Cost
  • 8% Sales Consumables
  • 34% Equipment Cost

aQysta has a proven method to make the smallest farmers profitable and ecologically sustainable. aQysta's renewable irrigation solutions allow irrigation of up to 1 acre (4047 square meters) and enable the cultivation of otherwise uncultivable land with climate-resilient farming practices that ensure healthy soils.

We offer you the chance to revitalise a 20 square meter plot of land. Once the full acre has been supported, we will start the execution!

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2. Zero hunger
6. Clean water and sanitation
7. Affordable and clean energy
8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
13. Climate action

Project

Profitable small farmers with healthy soils

This project will increase small farmers' incomes and revitalise soils in North-East India with renewable irrigation technologies and climate-resilient farming practices. We enrol small farmers in our Farm Incubator and prepare them with knowledge, tools, and training to grow high-value crops (like garlic, ginger and watermelon) that increase their productivity, incomes and soil health. Our local agricultural experts provide training and support to farmers daily during the growing season to ensure a successful harvest. After harvest, we support farmers by selling their harvest to our market partners and sharing the profits in a transparent revenue-sharing model. The revitalised land will used again for the next growing season when another crop will be grown.

In 2021, we successfully piloted the Farm Incubator model in North-East India, where we plan to scale to more than 1.000 hectares in the next five years. To make this happen, we need you!

Threat

Around 40 million people are dependent on agriculture in North-East India, and 80% of its population are smallholder farmers. Many of these farmers remain critically poor and lack resources and knowledge to increase their agricultural productivity and profitability, which could allow them to escape their vicious circles of poverty. Most of these farmers have used unsustainable farming techniques for years, which has resulted in land degradation of more than 37% of the land in North-East India. At the same time, unpredictable weather patterns and climate change are a threat for small farmers, as increased floods and droughts are threatening their harvest and food security. These farmers need support to improve their livelihoods while farming in a way that increases the health and resilience of their soils.

Solution

We partner with small farmers to share knowledge, technology, risks, and benefits to support them in their struggles and make them thrive. Our Farm Incubator offers a total package of agricultural services that increase farmers' productivity and incomes up to 9 times and teach farmers how to revitalise soil while mitigating and adapting to the consequences of climate change. The services in our Farm Incubator include: 

  • Guaranteed Market Access: Farmers working within the Farm Incubator are always provided with a guaranteed market for their harvest through aQysta. aQysta works with market partners to ensure that the crops are sold at a reasonable price
  • Renewable Irrigation Technology: aQysta has developed hydro-powered water pumps, which use the power of natural flowing water sources to pump water from rivers and lakes to farmers' lands without external inputs (like fuel or electricity). aQysta also offers solar-powered irrigation solutions to farmers without sufficient flowing water sources nearby their farms. These irrigation solutions allow farmers to adapt to drought and irrigate year-round in a non-harmful way to the environment. We provide these technologies as a service, so farmers don't have to pay any upfront costs
  • Optimal Farming Inputs: aQysta provides other essential farming inputs, like seeds, and fertilisers, to farmers. We carefully select inputs to increase soil health and resilience 
  • Finances: aQysta pays farmers a monthly salary so they can manage their cash flow while waiting for the harvest. This advance payment is only a portion of the total income to be earned by the farmer, the majority of which is earned as a profit share when the harvest is sold. The profit-share keeps farmers motivated to work for the best possible harvest
  • Non-stop training and advisory: aQysta provides on-field training and advisory services regarding agronomic practices to be followed by educated and experienced agronomists. aQysta recommends and follows scientific, climate-resilient agronomic practices
Farmer irrigating land
Farmer irrigating land

Additional information

Reports

In India, aQysta is currently involved in projects with partners from GIZ and USAID. Our current stakeholders in the value chain in India for the Farm Incubator are:

  • Greencover Overseas (market linkage partner for spice crops, mainly ginger and turmeric)
  • Shyamal FPC (partner for farming inputs, training and market linkage partner for garlic) 
  • Daffodil Nursery (input partners for farming inputs (seeds, fertiliser etc.) for all crops)
  • Kamakhya Krishi Ghar (input partners for fertilisers for all crops)
  • Syngenta India Ltd (input partners for seeds, fertilisers for watermelon and training partner)
  • Regional Agricultural Research Station, Shillongani (training partners for all crops)
  • Balark Biotech (input partners for farming tools and equipment)

Impact Report conduced by the Impact Institute in 2019

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About

aQysta

aQysta was founded at the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands, in 2013 by three engineering students who developed renewable irrigation solutions based on hydro-power for smallholder farmers. The ideas behind aQysta come from Pratap Thapa, who comes from a farmer family in Nepal and got inspired to find solutions to improve farmers' livelihoods in his community. Since its origin, aQysta has grown into a global team of 47 people and has developed a 9-year track record of implementing international projects with small farmers. aQysta has also established permanent entities in Nepal, India and Malawi, where we work with local teams who know the farmers' communities and speak the local languages.

In India, aQysta entered the market as aQysta Irrigation India Pvt Ltd in November 2018. Here, aQysta recently launched its Farm Incubator to complement its renewable irrigation technologies with other agricultural services to small farmers and deepen its impact on farmers and their environment. The Farm Incubator has become aQysta's core business model, and aQysta will gradually scale this model to more than 3.000 hectares in the next five years in India, Nepal and Malawi. 

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The Aqysta team
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Revitalise small farmers' soil in India

aQysta has a proven method to make the smallest farmers profitable and ecologically sustainable. aQysta's renewable irrigation solutions allow irrigation of up to 1 acre (4047 square meters) and enable the cultivation of otherwise uncultivable land with climate-resilient farming practices that ensure healthy soils.

We offer you the chance to revitalise a 20 square meter plot of land. Once the full acre has been supported, we will start the execution!

  • Rise in farmers' productivity and incomes of 200%
  • Adaptation to climate change by increasing the number of acres of farmland under climate-smart farming practises
  • Employment opportunities in farming for men, women and the youth
  • Access to affordable sources of renewable energy
  • Mitigation of CO2 with renewable irrigation technologies
  • Increased resilience of smallholder families to economic and climate shocks

Don't just take our word for it: listen to our farmers here

Detailed map and GPS location

Imagery of your item

  • 20% Land preparation
  • 7% Farming consumables
  • 17% Seeds
  • 17% Labor Cost
  • 8% Sales Consumables
  • 34% Equipment Cost

Profitable small farmers with healthy soils

This project will increase small farmers' incomes and revitalise soils in North-East India with renewable irrigation technologies and climate-resilient farming practices. We enrol small farmers in our Farm Incubator and prepare them with knowledge, tools, and training to grow high-value crops (like garlic, ginger and watermelon) that increase their productivity, incomes and soil health. Our local agricultural experts provide training and support to farmers daily during the growing season to ensure a successful harvest. After harvest, we support farmers by selling their harvest to our market partners and sharing the profits in a transparent revenue-sharing model. The revitalised land will used again for the next growing season when another crop will be grown.

In 2021, we successfully piloted the Farm Incubator model in North-East India, where we plan to scale to more than 1.000 hectares in the next five years. To make this happen, we need you!

Threat

Around 40 million people are dependent on agriculture in North-East India, and 80% of its population are smallholder farmers. Many of these farmers remain critically poor and lack resources and knowledge to increase their agricultural productivity and profitability, which could allow them to escape their vicious circles of poverty. Most of these farmers have used unsustainable farming techniques for years, which has resulted in land degradation of more than 37% of the land in North-East India. At the same time, unpredictable weather patterns and climate change are a threat for small farmers, as increased floods and droughts are threatening their harvest and food security. These farmers need support to improve their livelihoods while farming in a way that increases the health and resilience of their soils.

Solution

We partner with small farmers to share knowledge, technology, risks, and benefits to support them in their struggles and make them thrive. Our Farm Incubator offers a total package of agricultural services that increase farmers' productivity and incomes up to 9 times and teach farmers how to revitalise soil while mitigating and adapting to the consequences of climate change. The services in our Farm Incubator include: 

  • Guaranteed Market Access: Farmers working within the Farm Incubator are always provided with a guaranteed market for their harvest through aQysta. aQysta works with market partners to ensure that the crops are sold at a reasonable price
  • Renewable Irrigation Technology: aQysta has developed hydro-powered water pumps, which use the power of natural flowing water sources to pump water from rivers and lakes to farmers' lands without external inputs (like fuel or electricity). aQysta also offers solar-powered irrigation solutions to farmers without sufficient flowing water sources nearby their farms. These irrigation solutions allow farmers to adapt to drought and irrigate year-round in a non-harmful way to the environment. We provide these technologies as a service, so farmers don't have to pay any upfront costs
  • Optimal Farming Inputs: aQysta provides other essential farming inputs, like seeds, and fertilisers, to farmers. We carefully select inputs to increase soil health and resilience 
  • Finances: aQysta pays farmers a monthly salary so they can manage their cash flow while waiting for the harvest. This advance payment is only a portion of the total income to be earned by the farmer, the majority of which is earned as a profit share when the harvest is sold. The profit-share keeps farmers motivated to work for the best possible harvest
  • Non-stop training and advisory: aQysta provides on-field training and advisory services regarding agronomic practices to be followed by educated and experienced agronomists. aQysta recommends and follows scientific, climate-resilient agronomic practices

Additional information

Reports

In India, aQysta is currently involved in projects with partners from GIZ and USAID. Our current stakeholders in the value chain in India for the Farm Incubator are:

  • Greencover Overseas (market linkage partner for spice crops, mainly ginger and turmeric)
  • Shyamal FPC (partner for farming inputs, training and market linkage partner for garlic) 
  • Daffodil Nursery (input partners for farming inputs (seeds, fertiliser etc.) for all crops)
  • Kamakhya Krishi Ghar (input partners for fertilisers for all crops)
  • Syngenta India Ltd (input partners for seeds, fertilisers for watermelon and training partner)
  • Regional Agricultural Research Station, Shillongani (training partners for all crops)
  • Balark Biotech (input partners for farming tools and equipment)

Impact Report conduced by the Impact Institute in 2019

Implementor

Certificates

No items found.

aQysta

aQysta was founded at the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands, in 2013 by three engineering students who developed renewable irrigation solutions based on hydro-power for smallholder farmers. The ideas behind aQysta come from Pratap Thapa, who comes from a farmer family in Nepal and got inspired to find solutions to improve farmers' livelihoods in his community. Since its origin, aQysta has grown into a global team of 47 people and has developed a 9-year track record of implementing international projects with small farmers. aQysta has also established permanent entities in Nepal, India and Malawi, where we work with local teams who know the farmers' communities and speak the local languages.

In India, aQysta entered the market as aQysta Irrigation India Pvt Ltd in November 2018. Here, aQysta recently launched its Farm Incubator to complement its renewable irrigation technologies with other agricultural services to small farmers and deepen its impact on farmers and their environment. The Farm Incubator has become aQysta's core business model, and aQysta will gradually scale this model to more than 3.000 hectares in the next five years in India, Nepal and Malawi.