Vikram Sharma

Alumni, Global Shapers Community

Vikram Sharma leads food and agriculture initiatives at TechnoServe, an international non-profit, in India and Africa as Project Manager. He is passionate about Agriculture 2.0 – leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), geospatial technology, and Big Data, to make food systems more productive, efficient, sustainable, inclusive, transparent, and resilient. Leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) and automation, he helped 350+ food SMEs in Botswana improve their operations, increasing overall revenue by $4.5 million in one year. In Malawi, he led a ‘precision agriculture’ based pilot, using drones, and satellites, to help 30K smallholders gain an average of $2K+ annual profits, reduce pesticide application by 60%, and achieve three-fold increase in yields. Currently, he is implementing AI and blockchain-based microfinancing in Kenya, improving credit score for 2500 food kiosk owners. Project has processed more than 200 loans with the average loan around $30; order size increased by 30 percent and profits for each retailer, on average, by six percent. Vikram was among top 2% candidates selected as Prime Ministers' Fellow by Government of India; he led implementation of GoI's food security programmes and digital marketplace, connecting 150K farmers to markets across 6 states. He grew up on a farm in India, holds Bachelors in Computer Science and is a recipient of prestigious Young India Fellowship by University of Pennsylvania and Ashoka University.

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