The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is organizing an Institute talk as part of "International Year of Millets". The talk has been arranged in coordination with Shekru Foundation.
Details of the first talk in the series are as follows:
Title: Step into the world of Millets!
Speakers: Ananth Krishna & Bibhishan Bagal
Abstract: The Government of India along with the United Nations has declared 2022-23 as the International Year of Millets. Get an insight into the world of millets and how you can partake in it. Mr. Ananth Krishna and Mr. Bibhishan Bagal from Shekru Foundation will present important millets, both for farmers and consumers, for livelihood security and nutrition diversity in this era of Climate Change. Come join them!
About Shekru Foundation: Shekru.Foundation was formed with a mission to better awareness and access to resources for farmers of Maharashtra and beyond. Towards this mission, online, under the label 'Shekru TV', Shekru foundation has completed nearly 700 sessions in vernacular media with various relevant stakeholders and all the recordings can be found on their social media channels. Offline, Shekru is working on a couple of focus areas. They are helping farmer entrepreneurs set up their own bio-input resource centre as an alternative to the agro-chemical retailer, so they can sell these natural, biological inputs to other farmers in their area and beyond, those practicing or incorporating organic and natural farming. They are also doing awareness festivals on millets for consumer awareness and for market linkages for farmers and entrepreneurs.
About the speakers: Mr. Ananth Krishna - Passionate about technology, agriculture and healthcare, Mr. Ananth Krishna is an engineer by qualification. His formal work experience is in technology but global travels, backpacks, care-giving and a village immersion helps him celebrate simple life, basic food, and rural lands.
Mr. Bibhishan Bagal - A farmer's son, living on the farm at the moment, Mr. Bibhishan Bagal completed his formal education in agriculture and later got an opportunity to work in an Israeli Kibbutz for a year. He worked in the media for a while before joining the mission of making farmers aware. Bibhishan operates the shetkari shaala from Phaltan, Satara.