About Us

Katif is on a mission to change the economics of vertical farming and introduce a system that is profitable for local farmers.

The problem we have identified is that existing vertical farming solutions are too expensive to set up and too labor intensive to operate. We must change these factors so more communities can transition to self-sufficient food factories.

We partner with farmers from seed to sale to use less land, labor, power, water, and consumables than conventional vertical farms.

Katif’s USP is its proprietary cloud-controlled software, which integrates, controls, and monitors open-source hardware and facilities that Katif designs.

Katif designs and constantly improves the hardware, and open-sources the entire design in order to lower the required CapEx investment of its partnering farmers.

Katif empowers small farmers by providing them with a breakthrough growing system for autonomous growth and reliable yield of cash crops. The small farmer faces many difficulties, and Katif’s technology will be a game-changer.

Facilities: Unmanned grow houses with no human pathways are designed to maximize the use of space and natural light and minimize waste of consumables. Our growing system is suitable for both indoor and outdoor farm locations.

Hardware: Hydroponic, Aeroponic, or Soil growing pods are stacked in vertical grids up to 8 levels high. CNC Bots plant seeds and nurse them throughout their growing cycle. Rovers move pods between rows and levels and remove hardware for maintenance and repairs.

Software: Proprietary, cloud-based machine-learning AI maximizes yield by monitoring and controlling climate, temperature, light, water, nutrients, seeding, growing, trimming, and quality control.

Partnerships: Farmers own the land and pay for CapEx, OpEx, and distribution. Katif minimizes their expenses by providing the hardware, installation, integration, and consumables at the lowest possible margin.

Katif does not directly sell the hardware. Instead, it collaborates with multiple manufacturing vendors and integration partners for each local installation. These allow fast scale with a relatively small investment.

The Bottom Line:

Katif reduces human labor by 50% and requires 25% less power than traditional vertical farms (due to the transparent grow house). It also offers a 25x greater yield per m2 than traditional farms.


Yonatan Adest


  • Co-founder and CEO of a European social trading network with 150 employees and $20m in revenue
  • Team leader and winner of IDF’s Major General Award for Creative Thinking. Role included management of hardware projects.
  • Former CTO at FXUC
  • Founded TipTip, a web hosting company, at age 16

Alex Behar


  • Three successful exits
  • CEO of Mer1t Capital, which invests in high-potential financial and cyber technologies
  • Co-founder of, and investor in, jGive – Israel’s largest charitable fundraising platform
  • Other roles including in Tradeo, Radware USA
  • Harvard Business School Alumnus

Nir Kenner


  • Full-stack developer on a mission to disrupt
  • Project Manager and DevOps at Tradeo
  • Technological Advisor at SQLink Group 
  • Team leader in IDF intelligence corps for hardware & software.

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