agriculture

Agrotools farming for M&A with new $21M funding round

Brazil-based Agrotools analyzes over 1,300 layers of data from multiple sources to provide information on what is happening with agriculture suppliers and customers.

Ghanaian agtech Farmerline to use new funding to strengthen its infrastructure, help farmers create wealth

A McKinsey and Co. study suggests that while sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to increase (even triple) its agricultural output and overall contribution to the economy, the sector remains untapped

MeliBio’s honey production, minus the bee, will have you buzzing

The company is making real honey with precision fermentation and plant science.

The VC-backed chicken that’s changing the way farmers breed and feed their livestock

Most people don’t spend much time thinking about where their poultry comes from, much less what it was eating when it was alive but the feeding practices on large farms are harmful to the environmen

Indonesian agritech AgriAku reaps $6M in pre-Series A funding

AgriAku, a Jakarta-based B2B marketplace for farmers, announced today it has raised a pre-Series A of $6 million. The round was led by Go-Ventures, with participation from MDI Arise, MDI Centauri, Mer

Source makes greenhouses smarter to secure the future of food supply

Agtech startup Source.ag today announced it harvested a $10 million investment to make greenhouses smarter. The founders have set their eyes on a horizon where, driven by climate change and a rapid in

South Korea’s agtech startup Green Labs raises $140M Series C to accelerate global expansion

Green Labs, a South Korean agtech startup, announced this week it has closed a $140 million Series C led by BRV Capital Management, with participation from Skylake Incuvest and SK Square. The startup

Aigen’s swarm of agtech robots want to make agriculture carbon negative

Even though the only thing the robot can do right now is pull weeds, Aigen is adamant it isn’t building a weed-whacking robot. It claims to be on a mission to terraform the earth, and says it ha

Indonesia’s eFishery raises $90M from Temasek, SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Sequoia Capital India

Indonesia-based eFishery announced today that it has raised what it claims is the largest round of funding by an aquaculture tech startup in the world. The company, which provides feeding devices, sof

Phytoform plants $5.7M into climate-resistant crop technology

The success of CRISPR technology in agriculture has been well documented as a way to manipulate plant genomes to make them more pest and climate resistant and grow more consistent products.

Is that weed you’re smoking green enough?

For most industries, sustainability is an exercise in correcting the mistakes of the past — from changing mindsets to the machinery used. But for the fledgling cannabis industry, there is still hope

Latin America’s food paradox

If we want to successfully address malnutrition in Latin America, agritech and food tech solutions need to come from within.

Vertically farmed wasabi arugula isn’t a hypothetical

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, the time of the week when we niche down t

Bowery Farming is forcing us all to look up at the future of vertical agriculture

Food is the very nourishment of life, but it’s becoming increasingly challenging to grow at scale. A combination of explosive population growth, climate change and depleting sources of water is…

Hacking lettuce for taste and profit

"The first thing you notice is just the smell," chief science officer of Bowery Farming Henry Sztul says excitedly. "It's got that smell, right?"

Can LEDs ultimately replace the sun?

For Bowery Farming, no technology is too small to optimize, and no data is too insignificant to track. Combined together, the startup hopes to orchestrate the future of farming and build a moat.

The voracious fight for your salad bowl

The size, the scope, the potential impact — the mind reels. Vertical farming may be a nascent space, but it is growing rapidly, and the greenfield is being taken quickly.

Malaysia-based Poladrone raises $4.29M seed round to protect crops

Rhinoceros beetles are one of the greatest threats to oil palm crops, attacking plants while they are young and potentially lowering a farm’s yield for years. They also affect workers’ health, sin

Agreena, a regenerative farming carbon market, raises $4.7M seed from Giant Ventures

Farming accounts for 24% of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions, and this is largely due to the intensive, “industrial” farming methods employed in the last few decades, together with the

GreenForges digs deep to farm underground

Vertical farms usually look up. Aerofarms, Plenty, Gotham Greens — these companies are trying to revolutionize agriculture by looking toward the sky, with tall warehouses full of growing equipment e
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