Stellapps raises funding from IDH FarmFit, the world’s biggest ever public-private impact fund for smallholder farmers

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  • Freshly raised funds will be utilized by Stellapps to develop  advanced technologies to transform the Agri supply chain
  • Stellapps is committed to developing a gender strategy to promote female leadership through the first equity investment by IDH FarmFit Fund in India

India, 17 February 2022: Stellapps has raised an undisclosed amount from IDH FarmFit, which is the funds’ first equity investment in India. Stellapps, an end-to-end dairy technology solutions provider, and IDH Farmfit Fund have entered into a first-of-its-kind partnership as a result of this investment. Stellapps is challenging the status quo of India’s dairy ecosystem through its tech-first, platform-based dairy supply chain services. The increasing milk demand and the huge untapped potential for milk production offer ample opportunities for continuous growth for Stellapps.

Since its inception in 2011, the dairy tech startup expects to raise farmer net income by improving productivity in the value chain, enhancing milk quality, and enabling trackability. The dairy tech startup is creating a digital highway and access network to enable the delivery of value-added services like credit, insurance, extension, agri-inputs, etc. Women constitute 83% of dairy farmers in India. Stellapps has committed to promoting female leadership throughout the dairy value chain as it expands its reach in India.

Ranjith Mukundan, Chief Executive Officer at Stellapps, said: “We are immensely happy to welcome IDH FarmFit Fund as an investor. The investment will contribute towards building out our vision of creating a digital ecosystem that enables smallholder farmers to become entrepreneurs. This involves enabling easy and timely access to extension services, quality cattle nutrition, financial services, market linkage. We look forward to learning from the rich experience of IDH FarmFit Fund to drive a significant impact in the Indian Agri sector.”

Varishna Tewarie, the IDH Farmfit Fund’s investment manager for Asia, said: “We are delighted to support Stellapps with this new investment, which will improve farmer income and positively impact their lives. We shall witness the transformation of one of India’s most crucial agricultural sectors. The company supports smallholder Indian farmers by increasing transparency, improving farming practices and enabling financial inclusion.”

Agri-business drives India’s economy and dairy is its aorta, since it employs more than 40% of the agri-workforce and contributes the greatest percentage to its agricultural GDP. The Indian dairy sector is the largest in the world, contributing 22% of global milk production. The Indian dairy and livestock sector is a $ 225 Bn industry and contributes to 7.6% of India’s GDP.

About Stellapps: Stellapps is a farm-to-consumer dairy digitization service provider, improving productivity, quality and ensuring end-to-end traceability across the dairy supply chain. It leverages advanced analytics and artificial intelligence through its full-stack IoT platform to build a digital highway and an access network to deliver value-added services such as credit, insurance, Agri inputs, etc. Through its customer base which includes all major private & cooperative dairies, Stellapps currently digitizes over 13 million liters of milk worth USD 3.4  million each day and directly impacts 2.8 million dairy farmers in over 35,000 Indian villages across 15 states.

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About IDH Farmfit Fund: The IDH Farmfit Fund takes the highest risk positions in farmer related transactions, thereby reducing the farmer risk currently born by borrowers and lenders. By doing so, IDH Farmfit Fund  catalyses commercial capital to coinvest in this sector. These investments will increase the availability of affordable, long-term financing to smallholder farmers leading to significant improvements in their livelihoods and incomes.

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