Seeds of a better tomorrow

Self-sufficiency of villages is ingrained in the discourse of India’s freedom movement as a Gandhian ‘ideal’. But farm economies, not just in India, fall far behind on social and economic indexes. There’s something eternally unfixed, which brings us here. Markets are still not fair and innovations are harder to access. What we take to rural India is new technology, better integration of departments and markets.

In Orissa, we worked towards making the agrarian market more equitable through transparency of price. In Jammu, we are playing a cross-functional role across the government's holistic agriculture development plan programme for its effective implementation. From developing a communication strategy, streamlining procurement planning, developing a learning management system to providing inputs in the agriculture export policy, we are providing holistic support to the state.

There are multiple steps that India and the developing world can take, towards building stronger, sustainable and progressive agrarian economies. In regions like Orissa, Jammu, Kenya and Sri Lanka, we work on multiple verticals and offer a comprehensive enhancement of existing systems through the following measures -

Price Information Dissemination

We strive to build a price information system for farm and fisheries produce to disseminate market prices of select commodities to farmers. Awareness about price mechanisms is quite critical to their growth and their choices.

Horticulture Marketing

This will enable supply chain members such as breeders, producers, consumers and market intermediaries to build marketing systems

Leveraging Agtech

Agtech will enable data collection and make decision-making easier by making information on price, soil conditions and markets accessible on a single dashboard.

Harvest Comparative Advantage

To give farmers a macro picture of the potential of alternate crops, harvest crops and alternate methods that can enhance profitability. This can incentivise cultivation of medicinal, aromatic crops, fruits, millets etc.

Farmer Livelihood

Monetize of produce will help in promoting secondary agriculture and an entire value chain can be defined through logistics, processing and better marketing.

A day at the field site

Why are farmers poor was a question I asked again and again during my growing up years, especially at my time at SRCC, Delhi University. There must have been something that politics wasn’t solving, neither were people’s movements. Because of GDi, I got an opportunity to work on agrarian reforms in Odisha. One key challenge was in executing the ag-tech challenge (inviting startups to present their solutions to select problem statements given by the dept) since the entire challenge involved multiple partners for implementation, knowledge sharing, funding etc. Trying to design the event by accommodating the vision of all such stakeholders without losing sight of the end goal was a very challenging aspect.

Vijaya, Team GDi