With agriculture accounting for more than 60 percent of the Nation's water withdrawals, 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2013, 19.5 percent of U.S. homes with children experiencing food insecurity, and grocery store food costs increasing by 3.5 percent last year, there is a demand to address these national and even global issues. Innovation through entrepreneurship is the solution to solving the worlds greatest problems, and Village Capital wishes to find and train the best entrepreneurs solving these major problems within the agriculture industry.
Village Capital and its partners are particularly interested in:
- Ventures that increase the resource efficiency of the agricultural supply chain.
- Innovations that make crop production more efficient or that optimize the use of inputs, with particular emphasis on increasing the productivity of small farms. Examples include innovations related to water or pesticide use; new irrigation technologies; inventions related to crop production, aggregation or distribution.
- Inventions that enable the aggregation and distribution of food using fewer natural resources.