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S4S Technologies: The Food Preservation Company

Eliminate post harvest losses by creating women agri-entrepreneurs powered with UN award winning solar technology

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

S4S Technologies- Science for Society

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Partners: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Shell Foundation FactorE Ventures USAID UKAID Government of India Covestro Marico Foundation FICCI BIRAC

Website of Legally Registered Entity

www.s4stechnologies.com

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 3-10 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Mumbai, India

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

India

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Aurangabad District, Maharashtra: 10,100 km2

What country is your selected Place located in?

India

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Dr. Vaibhav, CEo and co-founder of S4S comes from Marathwada region of Maharashtra, where Aurangabad is located. Vaibhav has seen farmers life and associated post harvest losses during his childhood very closely. When he joined for chemical engineering he realized that the principles that he learnt can be applied in agriculture to solve this problem. He then pursued PhD in the topic and choose home ground as the first commercialization space. Apart from Vaibhav, other four co-founders also come from same region and it has helped us to keep emotional connect high and provide detailed view on eco-system.

Apart form that, this region is the highest farmer suicide prone area where in India over quarter million farmers have done suicide due to farming poverty.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Aurangabad district is located in Marathwada region in Maharashtra State, India. The region is drought prone and away from main markets. Farmers landholding is mainly between 0.8-2 hectares and most fall in marginal and small holders.

It is one the most suicide prone areas where farmers have committed suicide due to poverty. Main crops are cotton, maize and soybean. Farmers earn average of USD 200/acre/crop putting daily income to less than USD 2/day.

Horticultural crops are not suitable due to lack of market access. Over 1/3rd population is malnourished and women go through inter-generational malnutrition issue resulting in malnourished children. 

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)

10100

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

3700000

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

1. Malnutrition: Farmers don't have access to nutritious food mainly during non-rainy season.

2. Poverty: Due to dependence on low value crops, lack of market to horticultural crops and post harvest losses

3. Lack of money to adopt new technologies, market and financial services

4. Culturally women are inferior in family with lack of decision making power

5. Lack of industrial electricity to set up any processing facility

6. Post harvest losses result into GHGs

7. Limited focus from policy makers for financial and technological inclusion of the area

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

S4S Technologies is the food tech company serving to global dehydrated food market of USD 58 billion. With its patented UN award winning solar dehydration technology, women farmers cum entrepreneurs produce dehydrated vegetables at the farm gate and sell to S4S. S4S aggregates these produce, does quality check and secondary processing at its ISO grade factory and sells these products to a range of B2B and B2C consumers. S4S farmers earn extra money by reducing farm level losses and creating value added products where as S4S earns by top up margins on these unique and nutritive dehydrated products.

S4S is working with over 2,700 women farmers with monthly revenue of USD 200,000 serving over 900 customers.

S4S provides solar dryers to farmers to process vegetables and buys back processed produce from them. It helps i) to reduce post harvest losses ii) produce preservative free nutrition rich products for improved nutrition for rural families iii) assured income via buy back to farmers, iv) improves nutrition v) gender equality and livelihoods vi) Reduce GHG by solar energy and reduction of post harvest losses vii) Access to technology and finance



High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.


S4S model helps to overcome the following issues:
1. Target saving over 60 million tons of fruit and vegetable loss 2. Overcome Indian malnutrition which is 1/3rd of global population 3. Reduce farmer poverty and suicides which have hit to 250,000 suicides recently in India 4. Challenge of gender equality 5. Challenge of climate change by using solar energy.

S4S Technologies is the ecosystem player with multiple stakeholders involved in it:

1. Women farmers form the base of stakeholders who are producers of fresh fruits, vegetables and also processors by being micro-entrepreneurs. S4S team continuously train and upgrade their skill sets like entrepreneurship, food processing ability, accounting, payment, nutrition and social status.

2. Local NGO and agri department is the backbone of S4S interventions where S4S leverages strength of existing farm facing NGO partner and government to deploy farm level solar processing solutions.

3. Customers represent the front end value chain from where the final money flows to the system.

S4S has worked with third party agencies to carry impact analysis report for various social indicators:
1. Farm level solar food processing capacity: 13,500 ton/year
2. CO2 saving: 108,000 ton
3. Nutrition rich food supply to: 1,070,000 population
4. Employment Creation: 2,700 women farmers
5. Food losses saved: 13,500 tons
6. Reproductive women with improved hemoglobin profile: 30,000
7. Number of people supported under nutrition awareness: 250,000
8. Increase in women farmer’s income: USD 1,000- USD 1,200


Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?


S4S is creating the self sustainable model that is financially, ecosystem wise, environmentally scalable and sustainable. With our commercial growth, we are seeing 20% MoM growth in our business and partners. An 5 years period, we look to create following impact:

Create 50,000 agri entrepreneurs

Environment: Save 1.8 million tons CO2

Diets: Support 20 million population with supply of nutrition rich products

Economics: USD 400 million revenue annually

Culture: Uplift social status of over 300,000 women farmers

Technology: Provide improved technology  access to over 250,000 people

Policy: Be a part of policy that drives micro finance, women empowerment

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

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