Anish Kumar
Anish Kumar profile

Anish is Co-lead at Transform Rural India. Previously, he was part of the senior management team at PRADAN, a rural development nonprofit. His areas of expertise include creating business organisations run by poor communities and facilitating participation of smallholder farmers in modern value chains. Anish was involved in developing a smallholder poultry model, run by poor women, which has emerged as the largest family poultry network in India with a turnover of USD 56 million. He chairs the National Smallholder Poultry Development Trust, supporting more than 11,000 women. He was also part of the erstwhile Planning Commission’s Working Group on disadvantaged farmers.


Articles by Anish Kumar


farmer couple tending to their field_BRLF
Livelihoods

November 26, 2020
Rural livelihood nonprofits must reinvent themselves
We will need to embrace technology and markets, and improve farmer incomes exponentially to stay relevant in a rapidly changing agriculture sector.
farmer working on a field in orissa-rural india
Livelihoods

May 14, 2020
The future of rural India post-COVID-19
Post the crisis, we will need to repurpose our rural strategy, focusing on place-based economic opportunities, better services and rural infrastructure, and ensuring security and dignity of labour.
Jobs crisis in rural India
Livelihoods

October 17, 2019
Are livelihoods nonprofits losing their relevance?
With young India's needs being better served by the market today, nonprofits run the risk of being crowded out by social businesses.
Two girls holding a football in the air
Collaboration

November 22, 2017
Making convergence work
Practitioners and donors in development have increasingly realised the importance of adopting a multi-intervention or convergence approach. This article looks at why it hasn't worked in the past, and explores what can be done differently now.
young boy walking on a bridge
Livelihoods

September 21, 2017
Creating the resilience to dream
What will it take for the next generation of Indians to have the same set of opportunities as the privileged urban-born in our country?