Deep Jyoti Sonu Brahma

Ashoka Fellow
Assam, India
Fellow Since 2015
Related TopicsChildren & Youth


This profile was prepared when Deep Jyoti Sonu Brahma was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
The New Idea
With unrealized wealth locked away in agriculture on the one hand, and high levels of youth unemployment and ensuing poverty on the other hand, North Eastern region of India and Assam in particular, seems to be a paradox. Recognizing that the negative perception to agriculture begins at a young age and is reinforced by the laid-back culture in the region, Deep launched farmpreneur clubs in schools that enable children in the north-eastern region of India to see agriculture as an exciting and entrepreneurial opportunity.

Through the “farmpreneur program” in schools, Deep encourages children to create and take charge of school gardens. His program enables children to master technical and changemaking skills and leveraging them to act key agents of change to create an entrepreneurial energy within communities. They learn and practice chemical-free farming practices and also co-create innovative solutions to address challenges and inefficiencies. Exposure visits to agro-processing units and sale of produce at agricultural fairs enable children to connect with the larger eco-system and see economic returns. By practicing these new methods at home and conducting awareness programs in their villages, children also influence their parents and communities to prepare vermicompost and practice organic farming methods. Engagements with progressive farmers as ‘knowledge partners’ expose and motivate children to practice cutting edge methods and provide the much-needed recognition to farmers. These strategic inter-generational engagements are nurturing an entrepreneurial energy in the communities.

In the last two years, the farmpreneur program has directly impacted 800 students across 40 schools in two districts of Assam. He is now expanding to other districts and plans to extend this to other states. To embed the idea within schools, he is also working to integrate the programme in the Central Board of Secondary Education’s Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system.
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