Can Silicon Valley Leaders Help Solve The Global Food Challenge? – Forbes.
But where others see shared problems, people like Denniston see shared opportunity. With a startup called Shared-X, he hopes to close the yield gap for the benefit of investors, farmers, and, yes, the planet.
“It may be, at the same time, the greatest challenge and opportunity we face,” said Denniston in a recent interview at his office in Silicon Valley. The new venture, co-founded by Tony Salas, the former undersecretary of agriculture of Peru, has three objectives: (1) to get attractive returns for their investors, (2) to lift 12,000 people in small farming out of poverty, and (3) to develop a model for sustainable agricultural practices that can be replicated around the world. Each of these goals deserves a closer look.