Vana

About Us

Learn about the Vana journey, the purpose that drives us, and the team enabling our efforts to help smallholder farmers achieve profitability and prosperity.

About Us

What Drives Us?

Agriculture is the oldest livelihood undertaken by humans. It helped sustain, and for centuries it has also helped humans thrive economically. However, the agricultural landscape has changed drastically over the past few decades. Land degradation and fragmentation have created income disparities for farmers, especially smallholder farmers. This has driven smallholder farmers to quit their primary livelihood or restrict themselves to sustenance farming.

Additionally, the onus of feeding 7.7 billion people is on these smallholder and marginal farmers who operate on 75% of the land in the world. Further, water scarcity, lack of technical know-how, quality on-farm inputs, power supply issues, better market linkages and more have added to this dismal situation.

As we observed and identified the distress of the smallholder farmers, we embarked on a journey to transform agribusiness and make agriculture a thriving career choice and not just a survival tool for smallholder farmers. To reinvent agriculture, address widespread income disparity amongst farmers, tackle rising global food security issues and leverage technology to end the hardships of smallholder farmers, we started our journey in 2016.

Vana

Vision

Unlocking the potential of agriculture to enhance the economic, environmental, and social capital of smallholder farmers

Vana

Mission

Improving agricultural prosperity to lift 45 million households out of poverty by 2027

Vana

Vision

Unlocking the potential of agriculture to enhance the economic, environmental, and social capital of smallholder farmers

Vana

Mission

Improving agricultural prosperity to lift 45 million households out of poverty by 2027

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Integrated
Business

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Inclusive
Growth

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Infinite
Opportunities

Our Journey

Vana Timeline

2016 Launch
Launch
Vana Global launches in Malaysia (Jul) via a 13-acre demo plot for R and D and greenhouse pilot farmers. The team travels for research and feasibility studies to Ethiopia and Zambia (Sep).
2017 Tech Platform
Tech Platform
The Vana Global tech platform launched. MoU is signed with Sunbird Bioenergy Africa for Zambia and Sierra Leone.
2018 Vana Seirra Leone
Vana Seirra Leone
Operations of VSL officially launched, generating a revenue of USD 847,000. Vana worked with 86 contractors and more than 10,000 workers.
2019 Vana Centres
Vana Centres
Vana unveils a blueprint to launch 25 centres in 10 countries. Total registered farmers will reach one million by 2025.
2023 Impact
Impact
Vana is on track to launch 99 Vana Centres operating in 21 countries, positively impacting 20 million lives.

Vana

Our Goals

  • Access to affordable pre-finance for all types of farmers in the ecosystem
  • Innovative financial instruments which are customizable to suit unique requirements of different farmers.
  • Easy re-payment schedules with wide coverage insurance schemes.
  • Cutting-edge information and communications technology combining the knowledge of the past with that of the future.
  • Access to low cost and high utility farming tools and implements
  • Access to innovative biotechnology which enhances productivity of the farms through high quality inputs
  • Partnership FarmingTM model to ensure accountability and efficiency in the entire agriculture value chain.
  • A wide network of buyers and sellers offering multiple streams of income
  • Access to storage facilities and level I processing to decrease wastage.
  • Boosting the bargaining power of women by mandating higher participation in the value chain
  • Honing entrepreneurial skills of women farmers through targeted training programs
  • Creating an ecosystem that is gender-sensitive and empowering towards small and marginal women farmers.
  • Convert agriculture into a lucrative career option for youth in Asia and Africa.
  • Enabling young and new farmers to become smart agripreneurs through intensive training modules.
  • Enhance farm productivity to make agriculture more enterprising.

Our technology and services are oriented towards creating a more sustainable food production cycle by increasing productivity, decreasing land wastage and the use of harmful fertilizers and pesticides and achieving a perfect balance in the farm land.

Through Vana, farmers will be able to access affordable and timely access to credit with easy re-payment schedules and wide coverage insurance schemes.

Our focus on technology enables the farmer to access low cost and high utility innovations in tools and implements, futuristic biotechnology and agri-technology that enhances productivity of the farm lands.

Our partnership farming model ensures accountability and efficiency in the entire agricultural value chain, especially involving high quality inputs and reliable vendors.

We are constantly striving to create a gender sensitive workspace for women in agriculture by focusing on the marginalizing factors and encouraging more women to become entrepreneurs.

We wish to change agriculture into a formidable and lucrative career choice for the youth in all our operative countries. Enabling them to become agri-preneurs in the sector.

Our technology and services are oriented towards creating a more sustainable food production cycle by increasing productivity, decreasing land wastage, decreasing the use of harmful fertilizers and pesticides and achieving a perfect balance in the farm land.

Vana

Global Ecosystem

Seamless integration of partners for an efficient value chain

Regulated Finances

Founder

Message

“The current global situation only reiterated Vana’s vision of empowering smallholder agricultural value chain and strengthened our quest to work towards robust global agribusiness ecosystem with the farmer being the cornerstone.”

Manoj Erra

Founder & CEO

Our Team

Vana Heroes