Author: Avishek Gupta
Re-post How can Agritechs and FPOs build a bridge between Agribusiness corp and small farmers?
Now that some of the Farmers’ Bills are passed, what can happen to make things better and what role can Agritech companies play? What role can FPOs play? Why are they needed? No single article can fully explain the complexity of Indian agriculture especially now that the bills are a political hot potato. This article…
Re-post: Why debt funding is sometimes the smarter option
I wrote something on why and how debt should be used smartly by growing businesses and startups even in a post Covid world. I say in the article “In difficult times like now, it is not just the product, process and marketing strategies that matter for businesses. It is also an appropriate capital strategy that…
Ensuring Debt Finance for All Professionally-run MSMEs.
For several years, a number of policy initiatives have been taken to address the financing gaps for MSMEs. Of course, we have improved over the years. However, a lot still needs to be done. Here is a set of views, that I have, on how to go about doing it. Some of it is about…
“World Domination” of the Agri Supply Chain
Historically misdirected/misutilised subsidies of the Govt made it very difficult for private players to operate in the agriculture supply chain. With the easing of regulations, we are seeing a large number of new private ventures (traditional and new age startups) entering agriculture. That is a good sign. However, what worries me is that some of these companies (startups)…
What is it to have succeeded?
This quotation has been a long time favourite, thought I should put it up here. It is by Ralph Waldo Emerson. To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate…
Access to Finance for Financiers
While enough literature is available pointing out to the lucrative business (and impact) that local financial institutions could target by reaching out to the micro and small businesses in any economy, there is very little written about how these “local financial institutions” can access funding to re-lend to this segment underserved segment. By nature, small…
What is a start-up about?
Looking at popular start-up media, one would think that start-ups are about “minting money” or about “raising large venture capital” rounds. I wish start-ups were about building institutions that outlived us. Or, am I plain wrong?
Interview on SocialStory
SocialStory did an interview piece a few days ago. They asked me about my views on the Indian Food & Agriculture sector in general and also for some details on our work at Caspian. Please find the detailed interview at SocialStory.