Foundation ISEED IRMA
29 th November, 2019- Panel Discussion held at Ahmedabad management Association, Ahmedabad on “Farming Futures: Emerging Social Enterprises In India”, organized by VikasAnvesh Foundation and ISEED IRMA. “Farming Futures: Emerging Social Enterprises In India” is the book showcasing a unique collection of 15 contemporary case studies documenting in detail social enterprises in agriculture. It is edited by Ajit Kanitkar and C. Shambu Prasad. In this Conversation and Panel Discussion, 5 panel members and around 50-60 people from various NGOs and Education Institution were present. About the inspiration to write this book, The authors Ajit Kanitkar and C. Shambu Prasad said, “Social enterprise in our country is emerging as a very dynamic sector in the last ten years. There are many young educated persons who aspire to become social entrepreneurs, individuals for whom a social mission comes first and profits later. However, there is very little academic research about Social enterprises. We as a group identified this gap and hence decided to study 15 SEs in agriculture.”
Ajit Kanitkar said, ““Farming Futures: Emerging Social Enterprises In India” is the bunch of case studies chart which shows the exciting journeys and tribulations in matching purpose and profit, often with a deep concern for the planet’s future. It also showcases the emergence of an entrepreneurial route to solve India’s deep routed agrarian crisis.”
C. Shambu Prasad said, “The case studies show how beyond the journeys of the entrepreneurs and their enterprises there are significant ecosystem issues that remain unaddressed. The government of India’s thrust on entrepreneurship and innovation, Ease to doing Business, Make In India, and the announcement of a social stock exchange in Union Budget 2019, would need an inclusive, and rural turn, for a comprehensive agriculture revival. The social enterprises provide key insights for transforming agriculture.”
Written by experienced researchers, academics, and development professionals, the case studies span a wide range of agri- sector issues. They present hope for farming futures for first- generation entrepreneurs, predominantly from non- agriculture backgrounds, by demonstrating the viability of farm enterprises. These include innovations in providing affordable aids and equipment for farming, and reducing the information and the information asymmetry which farmers have when dealing with the market.