Srikantha S.

Experience

Head-Farm Livelihoods
Initiatives for Development Foundation
India
January-2010 - Present

 Leading rural livelihood programs among small holder farm families and women, funded by international funding agencies-Louis Dreyfus Foundation, Hivos, RRA-Network, USC-Canada, Govt and National agencies-NRLM (National Rural Livelihoods Mission) under MoRD (Ministry of Rural Development) and NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development).
 Financial inclusion of rural poor, sustainable agriculture and livestock systems, rain fed agriculture, climate change risk mitigation and adaptations
 Innovative extension systems viz; participatory technology development and digital extension
 Project conceptualization, proposal development, budgeting, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation
 Working with marginalized and financially excluded communities under vulnerable conditions and degraded ecology
 Developing peoples’ institutions, biodiversity conservation and capacity building
 Administration, management of financial resources, team building

Program Officer
AME Foundation, Bengaluru
India
April-2008 - November-2009

 System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in dry land and wetland paddy systems
 Farmers’ Field School training module development on biodiversity based farming system
 Proposal development for fund raising

Program Director
GREEN Foundation
India
April-2006 - April-2008

 Rejuvenation of ethnic germplasms of food grains and vegetables
 Popularization of EM technology
 Identification and mainstreaming of drought tolerant varieties in Finger Millet and Paddy
 Low water input technologies such as SRI in Paddy and System of Plant Intensification (SPI) in finger millet/rice under rain fed conditions and mulching in various crops
 Implementation of participatory guarantee system (PGS)
 Piloting of digital extension on sustainable technologies in farming

General Manager-Production
Gopalan Organics, Bengaluru
India
August-2005 - March-2006

 Business development for value added products such as dry herbs
 Implementation of food safety management systems-HACCP
 Organic certification management

Various positions from Researcher to National Product Manager
Indo-American Hybrid Seeds (I) Pvt Ltd. Bengaluru
India
August-1995 - March-2005

 Identification of new products in vegetables and paddy for market release
 Standardization of media and nutrition for greenhouse production and, enhancing seed quality and yield
 Research project on organic farming and evaluation of the amendments for soil fertility management
 Up scaling of sustainable practices-Bt insecticide, neem-based insecticide, biological pesticides, mulching in vegetable production systems

Education

Sustainable Agriculture
Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
Philippines
November-2013 - November-2013

International Short Course on Sustainable Production Systems: Crop-Livestock-Climate Interactions conducted by Wageningen UR, the Netherlands with Netherlands Fellowship (Nuffic)

Agriculture
University of Agri Sciences, Brngaluru
India
January-1991 - April-1993

Masters Degree in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry