What is Harvest?
Harvest is the world’s first cross-chain money market that enables you to earn more with your digital assets. With Harvest you will now be able to lend, borrow, and earn with assets like BTC, XRP, BNB, BUSD, KAVA, and USDX.
Harvest is the first of what will be many applications that utilize the Kava blockchain’s security, price feed module, and cross-chain functionality to provide open and decentralized financial services to the world.
How does Harvest Work?
On Harvest there are three major activities:
- Supply — You can safely supply your digital assets on Harvest and earn interest.
- Borrow — You can use your digital assets as collateral to borrow others.
- Earn — Suppliers and borrowers earn HARD, the governance token of Harvest.
How Harvest is Built
Harvest is an application built on Kava, as such, Harvest leverages Kava’s existing validators for security, bridges for cross-chain asset transfer, and partners services such as Chainlink oracles for price-reference data.
Version 1 of Harvest ships with support for supply-side deposits and HARD incentives for BTC, XRP, BNB, BUSD, USDX. Version 2 ships with borrow functionality and borrow-side incentives for those assets plus expanded functionality of HARD governance on-chain.
Initial Assets — BTC, BNB, BUSD, USDX, XRP, and HARD.
As an application built on Kava, Harvest will have access to any asset on the Kava blockchain. In the Kava-4 “Gateway” mainnet upgrade, the BEP3 Bridge will be expanded to support BTC, XRP, BUSD and others making these assets available for use in Harvest money markets along with native Kava assets like KAVA, HARD and USDX.
Built as an open and permissionless application, Harvest is accessible by anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world. Exchanges, Fintech apps, and financial institutions can integrate Harvest’s money market products and provide earning and borrowing opportunities directly to their users.
As seen in all decentralized money market applications today, a governance token is necessary for proper decentralization and to ensure the ongoing evolution of the application. To compete in the current environment it’s also critical to have incentives to bootstrap liquidity and incentivize user participation.
The HARD token — decentralized governance and incentives.
The HARD token primary role is to give holders a voice in the Harvest platform. Collectively, HARD holders are responsible for managing key parameters of Harvest such as what assets are to be offered, how rewards are distributed amongst assets, as well as set any platform fees, etc.
HARD tokens will also be used to incentivize early participants giving them a voice in the ongoing evolution and management of Harvest.
KAVA Tokens and Compensation
In designing Harvest, it was carefully evaluated if the KAVA token could be used to also govern the Harvest application. Three major items prevented this:
- Harvest’s evolution needs to be driven by the participants that use it. We believe that a fair distribution to users is necessary for long term success. The users of Harvest money markets may or may not be the same as those that hold KAVA today giving reason to not conflate the governance of the Kava blockchain with that of the Harvest application.
- Having supplier and borrower incentives is a must in today’s yield oriented DeFi market. If we used the KAVA token for incentives on Harvest, we would need to inflate KAVA upwards of 50% supply. Given that not all KAVA holders would be participants on Harvest, inflating KAVA would meaningfully dilute existing KAVA holders to a degree that is not acceptable.
- Lastly, the KAVA token needs to be preserved as a reserve asset responsible for recapitalizing the lending platform. Conflating its value in multiple use cases creates a cascade of problems and can potentially undermine its value as a reserve asset.
HARD Compensation for KAVA Stakers
Harvest and any other applications that utilizes the Kava blockchain’s security should in theory compensate KAVA stakers directly for that security and cross-chain infrastructure. As such, we felt it was appropriate that HARD tokens should be distributed continuously, pro-rata, amongst KAVA stakers.
There will be a max supply of 200M HARD tokens. The distribution of HARD tokens will be as follows:
40% — Incentives for Suppliers & Borrowers
25% — Treasury
20% — Kava Stakers
10% — Team
5% — IEO
Note: To achieve a fair distribution there will not be any seed or private sale of the HARD tokens.
- September 21st, 2020 — Testnet of Harvest v1
- Internal testing.
- External audit.
2. October 15th, 2020 — Harvest v1 ships along with Kava-4 “Gateway” upgrade
- HARD distribution begins.
- Supply-side deposits and HARD incentives for BTC, BNB, HARD, & USDX begin.
3. December 30th, 2020 — Harvest v2
- Expanded Harvest governance.
- Supply & borrow — BTC, XRP, BNB, BUSD, USDX and LINK.
- Borrow-side incentives begin — BTC, BNB, BUSD, LINK, USDX & XRP.
What the Community is Saying
“Harvest.io is a logical addition to the DeFi ecosystem taking shape around Kava. We think the choice it brings to investors to lend and borrow assets, not well supported by existing platforms, is really exciting — as is the ability for Kava stakers to earn HARD tokens and participate in the new platform’s governance. The Kava community is one of the most active in crypto so we look forward to joining with them to support Harvest’s launch and future growth.” — Richard Galvin, Digital Asset Capital Management
Kava’s shift from “DeFi application” to “application platform” means that KAVA token holders get exposure to every new idea and implementation in the ecosystem. This is exciting and something we haven’t yet seen in the blockchain space. — Michael Anderson, Framework Ventures
“Harvest is the first money lego to be built on Kava’s cross-chain DeFi ecosystem. Leveraging Kava’s infrastructure not only allows the application to tap into Kava’s security, cross-chain features and price feeds, but also Kava’s community, which has been very supportive over the past year. We can’t wait to see what other money legos will start to be built and stack on one another — all without the crazy gas fees of course.” — Michael Ng, StakeWithUs