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VanderSat uses satellite data to expand farmer insurance coverage

ImpactAlpha, April 6 – Hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers in East Africa are facing not only COVID, but also the worst locust swarm in decades. Most of their farmland is uninsured; when they lose crops, they lose income. Netherlands-based agtech company VanderSat uses satellite data to analyze farmland conditions using microwaves, rather than images.

Mission investors seek to give nature a boost with early-stage capital for high-tech agriculture

ImpactAlpha, Feb. 26 – Humans have deployed technology to defy nature’s limitations on the cultivation of food – to nature’s detriment. Now, a growing number of venture capitalists are doubling down on technology – to harmonize agriculture and nature.  Mission-driven investment firms are writing early checks to companies making biological crop treatments, food preservation techniques and