In India, small-holder farmers grapple with fragmented land issues, absence of irrigation, unpredictable weather conditions, low productivity, price volatility, and a broken agri-food value chain—all leading to subsistence farming, increased debts, and low income. Although several technology-based innovations exist to address these challenges, smallholder farmers have had limited opportunity to avail of them.

To improve productivity and increase farmers’ income, we have collaborated with Cisco India CSR to launch Krishi Mangal – an initiative that brings together the power of innovation, entrepreneurship, and communities for the wellbeing and prosperity of smallholder farmers. Krishi Mangal’s first edition followed a two-pronged approach to support deep-tech innovations – a Scale-up Accelerator for AgriTech start-ups and promoting the Digital Innovation Platform for collaborations across the agriculture & allied value-chain.

AgriTech Scale-up Accelerator

Through a rigorous process, we selected five innovative start-ups to be a part of the Scale-up Accelerator

  • Grant Funds for Field Implementation
  • Marketing & Branding Support
  • Sales & Distribution Support
  • Fundraising Support

Digital Innovation Platform

Conceptualised and built by Social Alpha, the Open Innovation Platform is a first of its kind digital collective that brings various stakeholders from different sectors together.

Through Krishi Mangal, this Digital Innovation Platform was promoted to expedite collaboration and co-creation in agriculture and allied sectors.



Program Impact

Farmers Reached
Jobs Created
Micro-Entrepreneurs Facilitated
FPOs Onboarded

‘’A variety of digital solutions has already been provided to farmers, but the key is to provide end-to-end digital solutions. This is where Cisco and Social Alpha can act as a bridge to solve challenges. With innovation in AgriTech growing rapidly, we need to create maximum impact by increasing collaboration – the Krishi Mangal program is a way to achieve that goal.’’


MD Public Affairs & Strategic Partnerships Cisco

‘’At Social Alpha, we have chosen to address the vulnerabilities of Indian farmers and are constantly scouting for startups that are working on breakthrough technologies for large-scale impact. Social Alpha's partnership with Cisco will help us scale high-impact solutions to reduce risk and increase the income of smallholder farmers.’’


Founder and CEO Social Alpha

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