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Anil Verma

Executive Director, PRAN

development dialogue 2018 speaker Anil Verma Executive Director, PRAN

After completing his post graduate studies in Agriculture, Anil Verma joined the rural development organization PRADAN, working on livelihood projects for small and marginal farmers. He piloted a system of rice intensification in Bihar, and coined the term System of Root Intensification method (SRI), an innovative crop cultivation strategy.

To continue developing his ideas, he established Preservation and Proliferation of Rural Resources and Nature (PRAN), an organization that has scaled the productivity of 25,000 vulnerable farmers through his System of Root Intensification method. Inspired by Anil's approach, the Bihar Government has decided to cover 50% of its paddy area under SRI by 2017, and currently 2 million farmers in Bihar are cultivating Paddy and wheat with the SRI method. PRAN farmers have won national and international recognition for the ecologically sustainable yet high yielding methods.


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