Eswaran is a young dedicated and ambitious farmer from the Chennai region in Tamil Nadu. He won his JWHi grant because of his plan to popularise best practices in agriculture and water systems management through hands-on demonstrations in the specific context of Tamil Nadu while targetting youth in urban and rural settings. He wants to demonstrate, through a combination of water sensitive agriculture and value addition through green entrepreneurship, the possibility of livelihoods which respect the environment and the rights of future generations.
Eswar intends too become an effective diffuser of innovations in water conservation among rural and urban populations as well as a promoter of water-sensitive agricultural techniques among rural and urban populations, also primarily youth, and become an inspirator for rural and urban youth within the field of green entrepreneurship.
Therefore he will follow an internship at Restore in Chennai, Tamil Nadu to get to know more about how an organic store is being run by connecting the producers with the consumers as well as an internship at the Coop Forest and Bamboo Works (a green entrepreneurial venture) in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu where he wants to learn about farm management, water and soil conservation, and about manufacturing and marketing of value-added bamboo products.
Furthermore he will follow a permaculture design and water harvesting course at Aranya Agricultural Alternatives in Hyderabad, an interdisciplinary course that uses nature’s principle to build resilient systems by using a combination of both modern and traditional practices. Also he will be an intern at Adike Patrike in Puttur, an organization that promotes self-help grassroots journalism among farmers in Karnataka which delivers farming information in the language of farmers. Finally, after the internships he intends to visit several locations in Kodaikanal, Cuddalore and Mettur to understand the level of pollution that led to the degradation of natural resources surrounding, human lives, animals and to assess if there is any scope for scientific bio remediation through effective microorganisms.
To become an effective diffuser of innovations in water conservation among rural and urban populations as well as a promoter of water-sensitive agricultural techniques among rural and urban populations, also primarily youth, and become an inspirator for rural and urban youth within the field of green entrepreneurship.