Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2003
This description of Pranjal Baruah's work was prepared when Pranjal Baruah was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
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 federating farmers, he is creating systems that aim to put an end to farmer exploitation in the northeast region.
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