This profile was prepared when Nazir Ujjan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
Nazir's key insight is that if small farmers organize, through persistence and sharing they can gain access to the high quality seed they need to multiply crop yields and reduce their indebtedness. By coupling the seeds with better planting and cultivation techniques, farmers can boost their yields even further, to three hundred percent or more. This allows them to remove their indebtedness and stockpile the resources they need - including seed, and organic fertilizer and trees - to maintain the viability of the land they are farming.