Fellow Since 2005
This description of Qurban Buriro's work was prepared when Qurban Buriro was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
In rural Pakistan, most small farmers still farm the traditional peasant way—without modern farming equipment or fertilizers. These farmers concentrate on growing crops with little mind for the complexities of the market, and this puts them at a distinct disadvantage when it comes time to sell their yields to local middlemen. Despite all their hard work, farmers are slowly going bankrupt. Qurban Buriro is organizing farmers into a cooperative association and connecting them with educators and activists who can both introduce them to modern technology and help them to better market their goods.
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