British International Investment

AkshayaKalpa Farms and Foods Private Limited

South AsiaFood & Agriculture

Akshayakalpa is a fully-integrated direct to consumer dairy brand in South India. The company aims to increase sustainable and regenerative farming in India while improving the nutritional impact of dairy products available to consumers. It is India’s first certified organic and Fairtrade dairy enterprise.

Our investment

Description of the investment.

Our investment will support the company’s expansion, with the aim of helping increase productivity and improve income for farmers, and bringing more sustainably-farmed products to more consumers in India.

Impact information

Applies to investments made from 2019 onwards. The tabs in this section define what we expect to achieve through the investment, assessing the potential impact of the investment against six dimensions of impact. You can find more details on our methodology of assessing impact here.

What?

Impact
  • Support creation of rural economic opportunities (SDG 8.5).
  • Enhanced income for smallholder famers through market access and enhanced financial inclusion (SDG 2.3).
  • Promote sustainable agriculture (SDG 2.4.1).
  • Support improved nutrition (SDG 12: Sustainable consumption and production) among consumer families.

How?

Primary Secondary
  • Support improvement of farmers’ income through enhanced productivity and providing access to markets.
  • Support creation of jobs through expansion of operations and addition of jobs at the extension officer level. The investment will also support jobs through expansion of agent distribution network, delivery personnel and other retail channels.
  • Direct: Improved nutrition for families with access to safe and certified organic dairy products at their doorstep.
  • Indirect: Creation of high yield organic farms.

Who?

Stakeholder Geography Characteristics
Farmers (suppliers)

India

Farmers prior to being associated with AkshayaKalpa had income of less than INR 25k/month (equivalent to $5.5 per day).

~40 per cent of farmers who supply to the company do not own their own land and are leasing land for their dairy operations. Of those who own land, typical landholding is 3-5 acre of land.

Employees / contractors

India

~30-40 per cent of the company's employees are at the farm managing supply side operations including extension officers, farm infra services team, veterinarians.

Customers / Environment

India / Planet

Largely middle-higher income urban customers

How much?

Scale Depth/Duration

At the time of investment, there were 650 + active farms working with the company. Out of this, ~25 per cent of the farms have payments being made to accounts owned by women (this is notable given majority of labour for livestock farming is done by women but economic benefits are not recognised).

Initial estimates suggest farmers experience:

  1. Increase in income by approximately 2.5x during our investment horizon with dairy becoming primary source of income instead of income augmentation. Income is more predictable and regular due to daily payments.

  2. Growth of cows from 2-3 to approximately 15-20 cows through improved access to finance (96 per cent farmers financed) within a period of 2-3 years.

  3. Doubling of milk productivity and productivity of other crops in the farm due to scientific practices.

  4. Reduction in wastage of milk due to better dairy practices, chilling unit at farm gate.

Impact score

Impact score (at point of investment)

The Impact Score is a tool to help us manage our performance against our strategic impact objectives. It is designed to incentivise investments that support our productive, sustainable, and inclusive objectives. You can find out more here.

The Impact Score is published for investments made from 2022 onwards. The Impact Scores are calculated at the point of investment. We publish the Impact Scores of new investments annually, once the information has been externally assured by an independent third party.

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Environmental and social information

  • Environmental and social summary

    A high-level description of the environmental and social aspects of the investment. This may include a summary of key environmental and social risks identified during environmental and social due diligence (ESDD); key elements of an environmental and social action plan (ESAP); or ways in which we plan to support the investee improve environmental and social standards, such as through their environmental and social management system (ESMS); as well as any other priority areas agreed with the investee.

  • Environmental and social risk

    A risk category rating, which indicates the level of environmental and social risk associated with an investment. For an explanation of the categorisations used, see here. We consistently provide an environmental and social risk category for all investments screened from 2023 onwards.

Environmental and social summary

We agreed on an ESAP with the company, focused on the development of a robust ESMS, including internal capacity building, physical climate risk assessment, and assessment of new expansions.

Environmental and social risk

Medium-High

Reporting and Complaints Mechanism

The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism allows anyone outside BII to report alleged breaches of the business integrity or environmental and social provisions of BII’s Policy on Responsible Investing. This includes breaches made by BII, a BII investee, or a portfolio company of a fund in which BII has invested. The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism Rules are available here. Reports and complaints can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail. See more details on our Reporting and Complaints Mechanism here.

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  • Key facts

    Last updated

    When the last quarterly update of the website database occurred.

    :
    January 2024
    Project number

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    :
    D5316
    Status

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    :
    Active
    Region

    The geographical region where the country is located. We currently invest in Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Caribbean. In 2023, BII’s investment mandate was extended allowing it to invest in regional funds linked to Ukraine, with the majority of activity expected to begin post-war. Investments outside these regions were made prior to 2012 under previous investment mandates.

    :
    South Asia
    Country

    The countries from which we derive the value of our investment. Where value is derived from multiple countries, this is indicated.

    :
    India
    Sector

    We prioritise those sectors that facilitate development and need our capital the most. Our priority sectors contribute towards many of the Sustainable Development Goals. They range from investing in the power infrastructure that will provide people with better access to electricity, to investing in financial institutions that direct capital to the individuals and businesses that need it the most.

    :
    Food & Agriculture

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    Investment type :
    Equity
    Start date :
    July 2022
    Amount :
    $6.89m
    Currency of investment :
    INR
    Domicile

    The company or investment fund’s place of incorporation.

    :
    India
    Climate finance

    Indicates whether the investment is climate finance qualified or partially climate finance qualified and the type of climate finance (adaptation, mitigation or both). We define climate finance using the multilateral development bank (MDB) and the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) Common Principles climate finance methodology. See Common Principles for Climate Mitigation Finance Tracking and Common Principles for Climate Change Adaptation Finance Tracking. We provide the climate finance qualification and type for commitments from 2020 onwards, which is when we launched our Climate Change Strategy.

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    Fully qualified
    Climate finance type:
    Mitigation

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