Chintan Raj

Placed at:   West Champaran, Bihar

Education: BE and MA in Economics from Indira Gandhi National Open University

Prior work experience:
Chintan Raj has worked at Larsen &Toubro and has also been a fellow at the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of the Dalai Lama. Further, he has been a journalist with Education Times and also a researcher for Greenpeace. His cumulative experience spans more than four years
Key work during fellowship

Issue:

  • Floods destroyed rice fields, which created losses  100s of community fishing ponds had become defunct due to years of siltation. Fish was imported from Andhra Pradesh.

What was done:

  • Initiatives to improve livelihood of small farmers were undertaken through skill-development, converging of government-schemes & relevant external partnerships.
  • Flood-resistant rice variety ‘Swarna-Sub1’ was introduced which withstood floods and turned profitable.
  • Worked with fisher-folk to refurbish existing ponds restoring source of income and improving local production.
  • Encouraged aromatic/medicinal plantation, processing & value chain business creation, which benefited more than 1200 farmers.

Impact:

  • Swarna Sub1 – Initially experimented on 88 acres, now it is planted on more than 350 acres. Fishermen source of income restored and local production improved.
  • Medicinal plantation and value-chain initiatives benefited more than 1200 farmer.