SupPlant has raised $27M to accelerate its intention to digitally inform irrigation recommendations. The round is led by Red Dot Capital Partners with participation from Menomadin Foundation, Smart-Agro Fund, Mivtah Shamir, Deshpande Foundation, PBFS and Maor Investments. The round brings SupPlants’s total funding to more than $46M. As part of this round, Atad Peled of Red Dot will join SupPlant’s Board of Directors.
SupPlant recently launched an API product, a sensor-less technology that has served 500,000 female maize farmers in Kenya over the last season. SupPlant is making its technology available to these smallholder farmers by changing the basic concept of irrigation methods. The new technology is designed for the world’s 450M small growers. In 2022, SupPlant aims that over 1 Million smallholders in Africa and India will be utilizing its new technology.
The API product relies on SupPlant’s database which is the largest plant database in the world, accumulated by data collected from 32 crops in 14 countries, covering growing conditions from dry arid regions of the Middle East to tropical conditions in central America. The sensors are placed on the plants and their surroundings which radiate the plant’s data to the cloud: how much water the plant actually needs to maximize growth. This data is translated through the use of artificial intelligence and big data to irrigation models, recommendations and actionable insights.
SupPlant, an Israeli-based company, has taken advantage of the Abraham Accords and geopolitical changes in the region to open two new markets in the last year: UAE and Morocco.
“The funds raised in this round will allow us to invest on our new markets and open other markets as well,” said Ori Ben Ner, CEO of SupPlant “We also plan to continue to develop our sensor-less API product in order to help 98% of the farmers in the world fight climate change. It is far superior from any common practice available and is built for the vast majority of farmers on earth – smallholders that can’t afford access to hardware intense technology and unique knowledge.”
“We were impressed by SupPlant’s abilities and recent expansion into strategic markets,” says Atad Peled, Principal at Red Dot. “We were also inspired by their goal: working with smallholder farms, who usually do not have access to AgTech. Food security will be a major issue in coming years, and we feel certain SupPlant’s solution will have a stand-out role in it.”
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