Fellows by Category

Pranjal Baruah is organizing farmers in Assam around mushroom cultivation. He puts farmers in control of their produce through his land-to-lab strategies and training and support for "mushroom entrepreneurs." In addition to creating new livelihood opportunities for thousands of unemployed youth and landless families in Assam, Pranjal is developing a new market for mushroom consumption. By...

Organization: Digital Green

Through interventions based on modern technology in Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Orissa, India, Rikin Gandhi is focusing on the efficiency of information dissemination and application and creating new knowledge networks for agriculture extension services. Rikin’s method entails replacing the old architecture of agriculture extension services with a new one; and the community is...

Organization: Gokul Prakalp Pratishthan

In the 1970s Vasant Gangavane, a management expert from IIM and Wharton, returned to his village in Konkan, Maharashtra, to give his people what he felt they needed most -- the knowledge to manage their natural resources. In the process, he has set up several models of rural development.

Organization: The Timbaktu Collective

Choitresh Kumar Ganguly is showing people how to carry out protection and regeneration of degraded, drought-ridden lands in South India. Using simple, natural techniques, he is helping them to improve the productivity of their land, take control of their surroundings, and improve their livelihoods.

Organization: The Timbaktu Collective

Choitresh Kumar Ganguly is showing people how to carry out protection and regeneration of degraded, drought-ridden lands in South India. Using simple, natural techniques, he is helping them to improve the productivity of their land, take control of their surroundings, and improve their livelihoods.

Organization: Appiko Movement

Drawing on over a decade of successful experience working with small local groups to stop large-scale lumbering and other forms of environmental destruction, Pandurang Hegde is now turning to the even harder job of helping them restore the land and establish new patterns of sustainable agriculture fitted to each area's particular condition. He's focusing initially on the areas once covered by...

Organization: Food Security Army

Dr. U. Jaikumaran is working with agriculture laborers in India to prepare the agriculture sector to meet the country’s food needs, by organizing them into a Food Security Army and introducing technology, efficiency, and professionalism to their work. 

Organization: SOSAD

G.L. Janardhana is a long-time organizer and activist farmer who now seeks to persuade other farmers to convert waste land into agriculturally productive land. He is using apiculture and horticulture to improve crop yields and restore the area's environmental balance.

Organization: LEDeG

Sonam Jorgyes is empowering the Ladakh agricultural community to use technological innovations and local resources in a sustainable manner to foster rural economic development and expand the rural farmer’s market reach.

Organization: Dharamitra

Tarak Kate is introducing bio-diverse, non-chemical agricultural techniques to small farmers to help them optimize use of their land. He is also facilitating a transfer of agricultural "best practices" through a rural network of Farmers' Study Groups.

Sunil Khairnar is bringing new resources and valuable networks to agricultural entrepreneurs in India. By providing the nation's traditionally poor farmers with a comprehensive source of knowledge and data, Indian farmers are building up-to-date, economically sound "agriclinics."

Organization: Academy of Development Science

Rajeev Khedkar is restoring the diversity of plant species cultivated in India by teaching farmers how to use, modify and preserve traditional species of rice. The re­introduction of traditional rice species will help farmers confront their problems of soil infertility, plant diseases and pests, and climate change.

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