Three India-based enterprises are among the winners of a USD 100,000 global competition of 'Best Small Businesses' announced by the United Nations that are providing inspiring, diverse and impactful solutions in improving access to healthy and sustainable food. Fifty small and medium-sized enterprises around the world have been announced as the Best Small Businesses of the Good Food for All competition, held in conjunction with the UN Food Systems Summit.

What

  1. From India, the winners are Edible Routes Private Limited, Oorja Development Solutions India and Taru Naturals.
  2. Selected from nearly 2,000 applications from 135 countries, the 50 winners showcase inspiring, diverse and impactful solutions in improving access to healthy, sustainable food.
  3. Edible Routes, founded by Kapil Mandawewala, provides consumers easy access to naturally and locally grown, fresh farm produce. Its business model offers farm allotments to city dwellers, within an hour's reach, with the capacity to cater to 220 families.
  4. Oorja is a farming-as-a-service (FaaS) company that operates at the intersection between sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.
  5. It finances, installs and maintains solar energy systems for agricultural use and sells affordable and reliable irrigation, milling and cooling services to farmers so they can transition from diesel to solar.
  6. Founded and led by Amit Saraogi and Dr Clementine Chambon, Oorja has a team of 18 people in India and have so far implemented 24 solar projects reaching close to 2,000 beneficiaries and saving 30 tonnes of CO2.
  7. TARU Naturals and Organics, founded by Ruchi Jain, is a grassroots movement of 10,000 tribal and small-scale farmers across India; a fair trade network connecting farmers to markets, with healthy, pure and organic produce.
  8. The enterprise said it strives to build self-sufficiency across the value chain ecosystem for farm produce, intervening with climate resilient agriculture, clean post harvest technology, value added products and market linkages.