But all this can change, thanks to Kheyti's "greenhouse in a box," the name for innovative greenhouses that were designed to be accessible and affordable for small farmers in the country.
Kheyti is a Hyderabad-based startup that aims to help small farmers in India who are struggling with crop maintenance amid harsh weather conditions. The group's efforts have also attracted the attention of Acumen, a U.S.-based impact investment firm.
Loan sharks and farmer suicides
In India, desperate farmers commit suicide to escape from debts to loan sharks. Early in January, farmers demanded an end to new laws that threaten their livelihoods and might cost more lives.
Protests throughout Punjab also spread across the country as farmers called for a complete rollback of the three laws passed back in September 2020. These laws "deregulate the buying and selling of agricultural goods," which means farmers are left vulnerable to the uncertainties of an open market.