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What’s Kheyti?

Kheyti was started in 2015 with the mission of giving small farmers a steady and dependable income through market driven technology solutions. After seeing firsthand the huge production risk that small farmers are exposed to, we conceptualised the “Greenhouse-in-a-Box”, an affordable modular greenhouse bundled with services. Our greenhouse fits on 2% of a small farmer’s land, protects crops from environmental risks and grows 7 times more food using 90% less water when compared to traditional open cultivation.

Technology alone isn’t enough. Small farmers face risks at every step. This is why we work with partners to give farmers access to financing, linkage to input companies, ongoing production advice and linkage to markets, creating a seamless path towards assured incomes of Rs. 4000-6000/month and out of poverty.

We serve 50 farmers today, signed up a 1000 more and plan to serve 1 Million farmers.We have won numerous awards and recognitions across the world for our idea and initial impact with farmers. We are still at the beginning of this rapid growth plan, so the team is still small and times exciting! Visit our Home page or read the press coverage below for more information.

Who are we?

Sathya

Sathya previously co-founded Cosmos Green, a social enterprise giving training and market linkages to smallholder farmers in the states of Telangana and Karnataka. He serves on the board of Telangana Rythu Producer Company, an apex organization for farmer collectives, and is an Acumen India Fellow 2014 and Aspen New Voices Fellow 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant who has worked for 3 years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and a passionate educator who has coached more than 18,000 students over the past five years for their chartered accountant exams.

Kaushik-2

Kaushik served for five years as a part of the leadership team of B-ABLE, a NSDC accredited social enterprise (part of the BASIX group) that has helped more than 70,000 school dropouts get linked to mainstream jobs through high quality training and placement services.  He is a graduate of IIT Kharagpur, an Acumen India Fellow 2014 and has an MBA from Columbia Business School where he won the Nathan Gantcher Prize for Social Enterprise and the Tamer Center Grant for Social Ventures.

Saumya

Saumya previously co-founded YellowLeaf Solutions, a social enterprise assisting blue collar workers from India to access high paying jobs abroad free from exploitation of middlemen. She also led operations of B-ABLE, a skill development company, in Bihar and Jharkhand. She is an Ashoka Emerging Innovator 2016. Saumya is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and has an MBA at Kellogg School of Management where she was a recipient of the Kellogg Social Entrepreneur Award, Resnick Family Social Impact Grant, Zell Fellowship and the CRTI Fellowship.

Ayush

Ayush co-founded Cosmos Green with Sathya and manages agricultural operations across 100 hectares of farm land. He has also trained more than 2,000 farmers over the past six years and works with 400 farmers on market linkages. He has been an Equity Research Analyst at CRISIL for four years and earned an MBA from Institute for Financial Management and Research in Chennai, India.

What are we looking for?

We serve 50 farmers today and hope to serve a million by 2025. We know that this is not a dream that can be achieved alone. To achieve our vision, we need friends, mentors and co-conspirators who support us. We want to expand our team and are looking for looking for “unreasonable” people to join us.

“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.”

George Bernard Shaw

We are looking for people who:

  • are incredibly excited about solving the problems of small farmers at scale
  • think that technology has an irreplaceable role to play in solving these problems
  • are undaunted by the seemingly insurmountable challenges that exist in the sector
  • are ready to get their hands dirty and spend a significant part of their life in rural India
  • are willing to commit full time to building the foundation for Kheyti

If you’re reading this far and still interested, we are sure you have many more questions. Click on each of the positions below to see the detailed job descriptions of the roles we are hiring for. Send your latest resume to jobs@kheyti.com mentioning the role you are interested to talk further.

Job Title: Senior Consultant – Greenhouse Agronomy | Positions Open: 1

Duration:  6 months Full-time (extendable) | Location(s): Turkapally, Telangana, India

Company Context: Kheyti helps smallholder farmers in India gain a steady, dependable income through its “Greenhouse-in-a-Box”, a simple, low-cost, modular greenhouse kit bundled with financing, inputs, training, advisory (extension) and market linkage services. We serve 50 farmers today, signed up a 1000 more and plan to serve at least 20,000 farmers by 2020. We have won numerous awards and recognitions across the world for our idea and initial impact with farmers. We are still at the beginning of this rapid growth plan, so the team is still small and times exciting! Visit our Home page or Join Us page for more information.

 

Job Description: The Senior Consultant – Greenhouse Agronomy is envisioned to be a protected cultivation expert with at least 10+ years of global standard experience in polyhouse and nethouse vegetable production and a demonstrated passion for agricultural development.  This expert will become the backbone for Kheyti’s knowledge base and train and guide our team of agronomists to incorporate global best greenhouse growing protocols and practices, build standard operating procedures and deliver extension and advisory services to our farmers. In addition, the consultant will help run demonstration farms where Kheyti will showcase optimum practices and yields to thousands of prospective farmers. The position will start as a 6-month full-time consulting engagement and can be extended to a long term full-time or part time engagement based on company’s growth and mutual fit.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Building a Knowledge Base of Best Practices
    • Train Kheyti’s agronomists on greenhouse growing protocols
    • Help Kheyti’s team document these protocols for the future growth plans
    • Build Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to standardize training and extension being provided to farmers
    • Assist in developing training materials for farmers
  • Assistance in Delivery of Training & Production Advisory to Farmers
    • Guide Field Agronomists who provide regular extension and advisory to farmers
    • Review and analyse agronomist visit reports and farmer yield data
    • Visit problematic farmer’s greenhouses periodically for troubleshooting
    • Be involved in periodic farmer training programs and impart practical knowledge
    • Take ownership of Kheyti farmer’s success
  • Managing Production on Demonstration Farms
    • Manage growing of crops in Kheyti’s various demonstration farms and ensure high yields
    • Test and measure costs of various technologies and methodologies of vegetable cultivation in protected environment
    • Suggest changes in design to make growing more efficient
  • Customizing and Documenting
    • Analyse daily, weekly and monthly data from farmers and demo farms and identify problems
    • Suggest customization on technologies and practices based on trial results

 

Qualifications: Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Greenhouse growing experts with 10+ years of global standard experience in polyhouse or nethouse cultivation. Preference given to candidates with experience in multiple countries including areas with climate and local condition similar to that of India.
  • Good conceptual knowledge in the protected cultivation complemented with impeccable practical knowledge. Candidates should be confident in delivering target yields based on past experience.
  • Specific experience in vegetables like Cucumber, Peppers (Capsicum), Tomatoes and Chillies will be more relevant to Kheyti farmer’s needs.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture field like soil science, agronomy, or horticulture HIGHLY preferred. Masters will be considered a bonus.
  • Should be have a penchant towards new technology/innovation to innovate on new production techniques.
  • Strong documentation and computer skills – data analysis and reporting skills.
  • Language: English speaking/writing skills required.

 

Working Conditions

  • Full-time role at Kheyti project office in Turkapally, Telangana (1-hour drive from Hyderabad city in South India)
  • Accommodation + food arrangements provided by the company
  • Salary Negotiable. Depending on relevance of experience, Cost to the company (CTC) ranges from USD 3,000 – USD5,000 [~INR 2 lakhs to 3.25 lakhs] per month.

To find out more, please send an email to the following contact with your resume to jobs@kheyti.com

Job Title: Consultant – Entomology | Positions Open: 1

Duration:  3 months Full-time (extendable) | Location(s): Turkapally, Telangana, India

Company Context: Kheyti helps smallholder farmers in India gain a steady, dependable income through its “Greenhouse-in-a-Box”, a simple, low-cost, modular greenhouse kit bundled with financing, inputs, training, advisory (extension) and market linkage services. We serve 50 farmers today, signed up a 1000 more and plan to serve at least 20,000 farmers by 2020. We have won numerous awards and recognitions across the world for our idea and initial impact with farmers. We are still at the beginning of this rapid growth plan, so the team is still small and times exciting! Visit our Home page or Join Us page for more information.

 

Job Description: The Consultant – Entomology is envisioned to be a pest and disease management expert with at least 10+ years of experience in vegetable production, preferably in greenhouses and a demonstrated passion for agricultural development.  This expert will help Kheyti build robust protocols for pest and disease management and train and guide our team of agronomists to respond to farmer issues in the right way, at the right time and within the right cost targets. They will assist in delivering extension to Kheyti’s current farmers and help build the system for delivering pest and disease management advisory to future farmers. The position will start as a 3-month full-time consulting engagement and can be extended to a long term full-time or part time engagement based on company’s growth and mutual fit.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Building a Knowledge Base of Best Practices in Pest and Disease Management
    • Train Kheyti’s agronomists on pest and disease management protocols
    • Help Kheyti’s team document these protocols for the future growth plans including creating a database of common issues and suggested responses
    • Build Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to standardize training and extension being provided to farmers specific to pest and disease management
    • Assist in developing training materials for farmers
  • Assistance in Delivery of Training & Production Advisory to Farmers
    • Guide Field Agronomists who provide regular extension and advisory to farmers in matters relating to pest and disease management
    • Review agronomists visit reports to suggest course correction when required
    • Visit problematic farmer’s greenhouses periodically for troubleshooting
    • Be involved in periodic farmer training programs and impart practical knowledge
  • Customizing and Documenting
    • Analyse daily, weekly and monthly data from farmers and demonstration farms and identify problems in current protocols of pest and disease management
    • Suggest customization on practices based on trial results

 

Qualifications: Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Pest and Disease Management experts with 10+ years of experience in vegetable cultivation. Preference given to candidates with experience in greenhouse vegetable cultivation.
  • Good conceptual knowledge in the field complemented with impeccable practical knowledge. Candidates should be confident of solving any crop problem in a quick time frame without escalating costs.
  • Specific experience in vegetables like Cucumber, Peppers (Capsicum), Tomatoes and Chillies will be more relevant to Kheyti farmer’s needs.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in entomology HIGHLY preferred. Masters will be considered a bonus.
  • Should be have a penchant towards new technology/innovation to innovate on new production techniques.
  • Passion towards improving the lives of small farmers.
  • Strong documentation and computer skills – data analysis and reporting skills.
  • Language: English speaking/writing skills required.

 

Working Conditions

  • Full-time role at Kheyti project office in Turkapally, Telangana (1-hour drive from Hyderabad city in South India)
  • Accommodation + food arrangements provided by the company
  • Salary Negotiable. Depending on relevance of experience, Cost to the company (CTC) ranges from INR 80,000 to INR 120,000 per month.

To find out more, please send an email to the following contact with your resume to jobs@kheyti.com

Job Title: Senior Agronomist | Positions Open: 2

Duration:  Long Term (2-year Minimum Commitment Expected)

Location(s): Turkapally, Telangana, India & Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Company Context: Kheyti helps smallholder farmers in India gain a steady, dependable income through its “Greenhouse-in-a-Box”, a simple, low-cost, modular greenhouse kit bundled with financing, inputs, training, advisory (extension) and market linkage services. We serve 50 farmers today, signed up a 1000 more and plan to serve at least 20,000 farmers by 2020. We have won numerous awards and recognitions across the world for our idea and initial impact with farmers. We are still at the beginning of this rapid growth plan, so the team is still small and times exciting! Visit our Home page or Join Us page for more information.

 

Job Description: The Senior Agronomist will lead Kheyti’s agronomy operations in a regional office. They will manage teams of 5-15 Agronomy Managers and Field Agronomists to help up to a 1000 (50-100 today) farmers in end-to-end greenhouse production including crop planning, irrigation management, nutrient management, pest and disease control. In short, they ensure that Kheyti’s farmers in a region succeed by getting the promised yields in their greenhouses. In addition, they support Research Agronomists and Greenhouse Operators to run demonstration farms where the best practices and yields are showcased to 1000s of farmers. These agronomists are offered support from global and national level full-time and part time consultants. Over time, it is expected that Senior Agronomists will grow to manage extension services across the country as Head of Agronomy & Extension and help Kheyti make 1 million farmers into smart farmers.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

Learn & Plan

  • Develop expertise of global production standards and different varieties of greenhouse crops by working closely with Kheyti’s consultants.
  • Plan delivery of farmer extension process along with the operations team including creating field visit plans, irrigation and fertigation schedules and data capture formats.

Execute

  • Take complete ownership of farmer yields in a region
  • Manage team of 2-5 Agronomy Managers and 5-10 Field Agronomists to deliver day-to-day advisory services to farmers
  • Supervise field visit plans of agronomists and offer them on-going guidance to ensure that farmers get accurate and timely support
  • Execute regular training programs for farmers in the region
  • Conduct periodic field visits to farmer’s plots to monitor and verify work of team
  • Communicate regularly with Kheyti’s founding team on status of farmer plots
  • Coordinate with operations team to ensure timely procurement of any materials required
  • Assist in field testing of new kinds of technologies in small pilots (e.g. new designs of greenhouse, new varieties of crops)

Document and Improve

  • Design tracking formats for delivery of agronomy and advisory services
  • Review reports filed by agronomy team and suggest improvements regularly
  • Continuously suggest customization or improvements in production practices or systems

Lead

  • Mentor, coach and guide agronomy team for personal and professional improvement
  • Conduct performance assessments and periodic appraisals
  • Create growth plans for subordinates
  • Play the role of a role model in Kheyti’s senior management team

 

Qualifications: Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

 

  • 8-12 years of practical experience in polyhouse or nethouse cultivation (preferably in local climate and local conditions like those in Telangana). Experience in providing extension to small farmers will be considered favorably.
  • Good conceptual knowledge in protected cultivation complemented with impeccable practical knowledge. Candidates should be confident in delivering target yields based on past experience.
  • Specific experience in vegetables like Cucumber, Peppers (Capsicum), Tomatoes and Chillies will be more relevant to Kheyti farmer’s needs.
  • Experience of leading teams required. This is a key leadership position
  • Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture field like soil science, agronomy, or horticulture HIGHLY preferred. Masters will be considered a bonus.
  • Language: English speaking/writing skills required. Either Hindi or Telugu speaking skills required at a working level.
  • Should be have a penchant towards new technology/innovation to innovate on new production techniques.
  • Strong documentation and computer skills – data analysis and reporting skills.
  • Flexibility to move across project locations regionally and nationally as Kheyti grows
  • Passion for social impact and solving the challenges of rural small farmers
  • Perseverance and Patience. Working in rural India and small farmers is not an easy task and will require strong will. We want individuals who are extremely comfortable with ambiguity and those who recognize that it will take a lot of time and effort to create lasting impact.

 

Working Conditions

  • Full-time role at Kheyti project office in Turkapally, Telangana, India  (1-hour drive from Hyderabad city in South India) & Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, India (2.5-hour drive from Bangalore city in South India)
  • Accommodation + food arrangements provided by the company
  • Salary Negotiable. Depending on relevance of experience, Cost to the company (CTC) ranges from INR 75,000 to INR 110,000 per month.

To find out more, please send an email to the following contact with your resume to jobs@kheyti.com

Job Title: Agronomy Manager | Positions Open: 3

Duration:  Long Term (2-year Minimum Commitment Expected)

Location(s): Turkapally, Telangana, India & Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Company Context: Kheyti helps smallholder farmers in India gain a steady, dependable income through its “Greenhouse-in-a-Box”, a simple, low-cost, modular greenhouse kit bundled with financing, inputs, training, advisory (extension) and market linkage services. We serve 50 farmers today, signed up a 1000 more and plan to serve at least 20,000 farmers by 2020. We have won numerous awards and recognitions across the world for our idea and initial impact with farmers. We are still at the beginning of this rapid growth plan, so the team is still small and times exciting! Visit our Home page or Join Us page for more information.

 

Job Description:  Agronomy Managers lead delivery of extension services to clusters of Kheyti’s farmers. They manage teams of 2-5 Field Agronomists to help 50-200 farmers in end-to-end greenhouse production, including crop planning, irrigation management, nutrient management, pest and disease control. In short, they ensure that Kheyti’s farmers succeed by getting the promised yields in their greenhouses. These agronomists are offered training and development opportunities from Kheyti’s senior agronomy team, which includes researchers and agronomists from across the world. Over time, Agronomy Managers can grow to manage extension services across a state or region helping thousands of small farmers become smart farmers.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

Learn & Plan

  • Develop expertise of global production standards and different varieties of greenhouse crops by working closely with Kheyti’s senior agronomists and research teams.
  • Observe farmer fields, attend farmer meetings, conduct desk research and attend training programs to continuously improve understanding of agronomy.
  • Plan delivery of farmer extension process along with the operations team including creating field visit plans, irrigation and fertigation schedules and data capture formats.

Execute

  • Manage team of 2-5 field agronomists to deliver daily advisory services to farmers
  • Supervise the field visit plans of field agronomists and offer them on-going guidance to ensure that farmers get accurate and timely support
  • Execute regular training programs for farmers in the cluster
  • Conduct field visits to farmer’s plots to monitor, verify and advise on production.
  • Communicate regularly with Kheyti’s senior agronomy team and incorporate their feedback into advisory being given to farmers
  • Coordinate with operations team to ensure timely procurement of any materials required
  • Assist in field testing of new kinds of technologies in small pilots (e.g. new designs of greenhouse, new varieties of crops)

Document and Improve

  • Track day-to-day delivery of advisory in formats, systems and apps
  • Continuously suggest customization or improvements in production practices or systems

Lead

  • Mentor, coach and train field agronomists for personal & professional improvement
  • Conduct performance assessments and periodic appraisals
  • Create growth plans for subordinates

 

Qualifications: Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

 

  • 3-5 years of practical experience in polyhouse or nethouse cultivation (preferably in local climate and local conditions like those in Telangana). Experience in providing extension to small farmers will be considered favorably.
  • Good conceptual knowledge in protected cultivation complemented with impeccable practical knowledge. Candidates should be confident in delivering target yields.
  • Specific experience in vegetables like Cucumber, Peppers (Capsicum), Tomatoes and Chillies will be more relevant to Kheyti farmer’s needs.
  • Experience of leading teams required. This is a key leadership position
  • Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture field like soil science, agronomy, or horticulture HIGHLY preferred. Masters will be considered a bonus.
  • Language: English speaking/writing skills required. Either Hindi or Telugu speaking skills required at a working level.
  • Should be have a penchant towards new technology/innovation to innovate on new production techniques.
  • Strong documentation and computer skills – data analysis and reporting skills.
  • Flexibility to move across project locations regionally and nationally as Kheyti grows
  • Passion for social impact and solving the challenges of rural small farmers
  • Perseverance and Patience. Working in rural India and small farmers is not an easy task and will require strong will. We want individuals who are extremely comfortable with ambiguity and those who recognize that it will take a lot of time and effort to create lasting impact.

 

Working Conditions

  • Full-time roles at Kheyti project offices in Turkapally, Telangana, India  (1-hour drive from Hyderabad city in South India) & Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, India (2.5-hour drive from Bangalore city in South India)
  • Accommodation + food arrangements provided by the company
  • Salary Negotiable. Depending on relevance of experience, Cost to the company (CTC) ranges from INR 25,000 to INR 35,000 per month.

To find out more, please send an email to the following contact with your resume to jobs@kheyti.com

Job Title: Field Agronomist | Positions Open: 1

Duration:  Long Term (2-year Minimum Commitment Expected)

Location(s): Turkapally, Telangana, India

Company Context: Kheyti helps smallholder farmers in India gain a steady, dependable income through its “Greenhouse-in-a-Box”, a simple, low-cost, modular greenhouse kit bundled with financing, inputs, training, advisory (extension) and market linkage services. We serve 50 farmers today, signed up a 1000 more and plan to serve at least 20,000 farmers by 2020. We have won numerous awards and recognitions across the world for our idea and initial impact with farmers. We are still at the beginning of this rapid growth plan, so the team is still small and times exciting! Visit our Home page or Join Us page for more information.

 

Job Description:  Field Agronomists deliver extension services to clusters of Kheyti’s farmers. They are the feet on the ground that help 50-200 farmers in all aspects of greenhouse production, including crop planning, irrigation management, nutrient management, pest and disease control. In short, they ensure that Kheyti’s farmers succeed by getting the promised yields in their greenhouses. These agronomists are offered training and development opportunities from Kheyti’s senior agronomy team, which includes Agronomy Managers, researchers and agronomists from across the world. Over time, they can grow to manage extension services across a state or region helping thousands of small farmers become smart farmers.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

Learn & Plan

  • Develop working knowledge of greenhouse production, including troubleshooting.
  • Observe farmer fields, attend farmer meetings, conduct desk research and attend training programs to continuously improve understanding of agronomy.
  • Plan along with Agronomy Manager delivery of farmer extension, including assisting in creating field visit plans, irrigation and fertigation schedules and data capture formats.

Execute

  • Deliver day-to-day advisory services to farmers
  • Perform field visit plans and ensure that farmers get accurate and timely support
  • Support in executing regular training programs for farmers in the cluster
  • Highlight areas of concerns from the field to Agronomy Manager for immediate attention.
  • Assist in field testing of new kinds of technologies in small pilots (e.g. new designs of greenhouse, new varieties of crops)

Document and Improve

  • Track farmer’s adherence to suggested practices during farmer visits and farmer conversations
  • Bring to the attention of Agronomy Manager or Sr. agronomy team about any instances of non-compliance by the farmer or if there are behavioural issues with the farmer.
  • Continuously suggest customization or improvements in production practices, farmer extension or any other processes.

 

Qualifications: Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

 

  • 1-2 years of practical experience in polyhouse or nethouse cultivation (preferably in local climate and local conditions like those in Telangana). Experience in providing extension to small farmers will be considered favorably.
  • Good conceptual knowledge complemented with practical knowledge.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in agriculture field like soil science, agronomy, or horticulture HIGHLY preferred. Special course in greenhouses will be considered favorably.
  • Language: Telugu speaking skills required at a working level. Basics of English required.
  • Basic computer usage skills required. Proficiency in MS Office preferred.
  • Flexibility to move across project locations regionally and nationally as Kheyti grows
  • Passion for social impact and solving the challenges of rural small farmers
  • Perseverance and Patience. Working in rural India and small farmers is not an easy task and will require strong will. We want individuals who are extremely comfortable with ambiguity and those who recognize that it will take a lot of time and effort to create lasting impact.

 

Working Conditions

  • Full-time role at Kheyti project office in Turkapally, Telangana, India  (1-hour drive from Hyderabad city in South India) & Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, India (2.5-hour drive from Bangalore city in South India)
  • Accommodation + food arrangements provided by the company
  • Salary Negotiable. Depending on relevance of experience, Cost to the company (CTC) ranges from INR 15,000 to INR 25,000 per month.

To find out more, please send an email to the following contact with your resume to jobs@kheyti.com