Ganesh on the “Lakhpati Kisan” initiative

"When Mr. Ratan Tata told us that we are not looking into the aspirational growth in our program, we went back to these small and marginal farmers, to their communities in 4 states to understand what their aspirations are. It was then when we understood that they were expecting a monthly income of at least 10-15K."

46  Ganesh Neelam

Who is Ganesh?

Ganesh Neelam obtained his Master’s degree in Geoscience from University of Pune, in the year 2000. Post his masters, he joined BAIF Development Research Foundation as a Hydrogeologist where he worked for four years on Watershed Development Programmes to ensure quality planning and optimum utilization of the groundwater resource for livelihood enhancement of tribal and rural communities. He joined the Tata Trusts in 2004, handling the flagship initiative named Central India Initiative focusing on enhancing livelihoods of tribal communities in central India. He presently is the Executive Director of Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI), an associate organization of the Trusts. The “Lakhpati Kisan – Smart Village” programme focusing on meeting the aspirations of more than 100,000 small and marginal farmers in Central India is being implemented by CInI under his leadership. He also leads the Renewable Energy theme at the Trusts. One of his key facets is his involvement in analyzing the areas of Technology and Innovations in the ecosystem to create sustainable solutions that meet the needs of rural communities. I have known Ganesh for many years and have been able to observe CInI’s work closely. The massive transformational work that Ganesh and his team are doing is changing the lives of tribals and marginal farmers, making them independent and self-sustainable. The highlight of this podcast is Ganesh narrating his experiences with Mr. Ratan Tata himself which will reinstate in you the belief of humility and humanitarianism. If you wish to contribute to CInI’s noble cause you can do so by clicking on the link below.

Recorded  over 1 year ago
Location  Zoom!
Age  46