UjjBhav is a social initiative that began in 2015 with the aim of fighting farmer suicides in Vidarbha District of Maharashtra, the epicentre of the Indian agrarian crisis. In UjjBhav’s mentorship program and peer to peer community, deprived farmers are connected with successful farmers and professionals in agriculture field to foster information sharing and community support. In this way, farmers are given support and access to free information to make optimal use of resources at hand.
3 in 5 farmers have limited or no access to information starting from crop selection to crop realisation.
Ineffective utilisation of barren and uncultivable community land in Maharashtra, India
We focus on four strategic goals that help drive agricultural transformation and that ensure this transformation is inclusive: increase agricultural productivity for smallholder farmers; increase smallholder farmer household income; reduce barren community land by planting trees; and increase enrollment of government schemes in agriculture. Ujjbhav runs completely on a mobile based application and ground support.
Ujjbhav will be expanding to over 5,000 farmers by 2019. We are focused to create a network of farmers using technology all over India. We also aim to plant a million trees in the coming 10 years to reduce barren community land throughout the country.
We are really happy by working with Ujjbhav. It gives us a platform to connect with successful agriculture professionals and a better access to information. Now, I have a solar panel and a water body installed within my farm, Thanks to Ujjbhav and team.
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I am working with Ujjbhav since last 2 years. Ujjbhav has not only provided me the opportunity to work for my peer group and the community, but also use technology to enhance the efficiency of farming practice and make it a profitble activity for all.
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Aarnav Aggarwal leads the foundation's efforts for farmer development. He shapes foundation strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and sets the organization’s overall direction.
BR Kathalkar leads the foundation's efforts to build strategic relationships with governments and other key partners to increase program awareness, action and resources.
Sachin Wakande leads the HR, facilities, events, and travel functions in creating a climate where volunteers and farmers thrive while supporting the foundation’s missions.
Akshay Kathalkar is president of the Growth & Opportunity division