Utilizing the latest tech in combating food insecurity starts with some very strongly underpinning philosophies.

We exist to serve.

One is we do believe that at the heart of it, everything that we as human beings should exist to serve. So, whether it is us as individuals, or organisations we create, and communities we work in; the purpose of human life is to serve and serve in the best possible manner.

To that extent we also believe that for every organisation (whether you are a British Airways or a Unilever) the purpose is to serve and therefore every organisation, every enterprise is a social enterprise.

Bhawani Singh Shekhawat, CEO, Akshaya Patra Europe

Collaboration is the key to achieving scale and impact.

Bhawani Singh Shekhawat, CEO, Akshaya Patra Europe

We set about finding ways in which we could speak to a Siemens to an Accenture to a Cisco to say ‘Yes you’re not in the world of charity, you’re definitely not in the world of food manufacturing, but what could we do to harness what you do to produce a plate of food?’.

Accenture Labs and Akshaya Patra collaborate to drive efficiency of school lunch program in India.

Using that philosophy, and the belief that we could find every organisation willing to serve (provided we’ve made it easier for them). So how do we harness their genius with our purpose? and that truly was a breakthrough approach for us and has been very successful I must say.

I love the partnership model that you talked about there that in some ways allows companies to experiment, innovate and test new technology that through the framework of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, that they can then commercialize and the obvious benefit to the foundation is helping achieve scale and utilizing that technology in order to produce a plate of food (you say)

For me, it’s always been a fascinating journey that How could we take science that powers a Rolls-Royce perhaps or the world’s most fantastic engines to really improve how a plate of food; a pasta dish, or a rice dish is put together and if you can find a Segway for the two to happen – which can happen;

Obviously, at the end of it, it’s very basic principles of science but if we can find a way of harnessing it and then deploying it with speed and scale, then we can create a tremendous difference to the world we engage in. Listen to the full podcast below.


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