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Repositioning farming as an aspirational career

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Repositioning farming as an aspirational career

Deep Jyoti Sonu Brahma is the Founder of Farm2Food Foundation and has an extensive experience of working on community development with schools, colleges, public and private institutes and community leaders across the country.

Deep is working to reshape the negative attitude of young people toward agriculture by integrating a learning model that provides children a hands-on experience to farming and the agricultural value chain, into the education system.

Deep's organization Farm2Food Foundation leverages government-run schools in Assam as primary entry points to influence the attitudes and skills of children and youth. Working with the school leadership, he starts 'Farmpreneur clubs' which are aimed at changing the way children approach farming while developing entrepreneurial skills in their formative years.  The club members or 'farmpreneurs' create and take charge of the school garden. They learn and explore how to cultivate crops, improve soil quality and manage pests using chemical-free farming techniques. Children are also introduced to simple but effective techniques to address commonly faced challenges in the region.

In the last two years, the farmpreneur program has directly impacted 800 students across 40 schools in two districts of Assam. He is now expanding to other districts and plans to extend this to other states. To embed the idea within schools, he is also working to integrate the programme in the Central Board of Secondary Education's Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system.

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