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Indian agrifoodtech investment report 2024

30 April 2024
. In some ways, Indian agrifoodtech investment in 2023 tells a familiar and, at this point, unsurprising tale. Investment to Indian agrifoodtech startups dropped 60% from 2022 levels, landing at just under $1 billion in 2023, according to AgFunder’s 2024 India AgriFoodTech Investment report released today in partnership with Indian agrifoodtech investor Omnivore.

The drop is in line with global agrifoodtech investment, which nosedived 50% year-over-year thanks to fewer and smaller deals.

However, Indian agrifoodtech differs from the global scene in that its deal activity remained relatively flat: Startups raised 129 deals in 2023, just four fewer than in 2022. What’s more, the $940 million raised in 2023 is not drastically lower than the $1.3 billion raised in 2019, before valuations went wild in the wake of Covid-19.

As the report notes, 2023 was something of “a reversion to the mean for Indian agrifood startups.”

To be sure, the report highlights some less-positive highlights, too, like Omnivore being the only dedicated agrifood investor in the top investor list alongside generalist investors; since specialist funds like Omnivore and AgFunder tend to fund earlier-stage startups, a lack of them in India poses a potentially worrisome future for younger companies and ideas.

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