Feeding the next billion...
By 2050, India's population would reach 1.7 billion. In 2011, 95m inhabitants also lived in tier-2 cities (population between 0.5m to 3m) and these cities grew at an average of 37%. Most food production in India occurs in rural villages, but urban agglomeration and human migration trends indicate that between 2011 and 2050, 29% of India's population will have migrated to these cities. By then, our cities will account for 60% of the total population.
We have 198 million Indians undernourished today. If current trends on human migration, population growth and land degradation continue, by 2050, half a billion undernourished human beings on this planet will reside in India alone.
The Water Crisis
In 2014, the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) provided 3,347cr (of a total of 9,018cr) of drought relief to states; 107 districts were declared as drought affected. In 2015, drought relief provided for the summer Kharif crops was 12,773cr, a 281.6% increase; drought affected 263 districts, in KA(30), CT(25), MP(51), MH(36), UP(75) and RJ(33).
Given the growing acute shortage of water resources across the country, the future of food production is at risk without the the capacity to deliver effective water management techniques & strategies on a national scale.
Who We Are
We are ExoCortex (ExoCortex Systems Pvt. Ltd.), a social technology company. We develop Ceres, a new class of distributed software operating system, purpose-built to manage agriculture at a national scale. Our objective today is to solve the intractable problem of water scarcity, while also building a platform of human engagement, empowered by technology, to address every factor that influences food security into the future.
Our mission is to make it possible to feed the next billion.
What We Do
For a holistic solution to food security, longterm thinking is warranted, which not only addresses the science, but also innovation dispersion, new research and ecosystem development. There is much more that can be done in collaboration with government, industry, university and philanthropic participation both locally and internationally to achieve these objectives. We at ExoCortex, are committed to developing human empowering technology. This is reflected in our two-pronged approach to addressing food security and the future of agricultural practice in India.
- Technology : We create open-source and proprietory technologies specifically to target inefficiencies in the farming ecosystem, and look at places where we could contribute a disruptive seed open-source project (3-6 month timeframe) that will catalyze rapid convergence of ideas, capital and resources. Today, these technologies address smart farming (focusing specifically on precision farming) and knowledge dissemination (starting specifically with Pathology & Plant Diseases) using advanced artificial intelligence enabled software solutions.
- Community & Impact : We partner with academic, research and industry partners, to deliver targeted projects, with tangible results that demonstrate the power of technology to positively impact the lives of farmers, their prosperity and their capacity to produce food.