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In a world where technological innovation often dominates headlines, the story of Shashi Kumar, CEO of Akshayakalpa, presents a refreshing shift from code to crops. His journey from the IT sector to organic farming is not just a career change but a testament to the transformative power of passion and purpose. 

Narasimhan Santhanam, Director, EAI interviewed Shashi Kumar, CEO of Akshayakalpa Organic. Here are the highlights and takeaways.

Exploring Agricultural Altruism:

Shashi’s background in a farming family laid the foundation for his eventual return to agriculture. Despite familial expectations pushing him toward a career in IT, his roots in farming instilled a deep appreciation for the land and a desire to address the challenges faced by farmers. This altruistic motive became the driving force behind his transition. 

Navigating the Transition:

Leaving behind a successful IT career wasn’t easy, but Shashi and his colleagues were propelled by a shared vision of revitalizing farming communities. Their initial focus wasn’t on building a dairy brand but on empowering villagers to become agri-entrepreneurs. Driven by a desire to solve economic viability issues in farming, they embarked on a journey that would redefine their professional paths.

The Role of Support Systems:

Shashi emphasizes the pivotal role played by support systems in their journey. From investors who believed in their vision to consumers who became advocates for their products, each stakeholder contributed to their growth. However, it was the unwavering support of farmers, recognizing the value proposition of their approach, that truly fueled their progress. 

Lessons Learned and Advice Offered:

Reflecting on their experience, Shashi offers valuable insights for aspiring agricultural enthusiasts. He underscores the importance of understanding the intricacies of farming, advocating for firsthand experience on farms as the starting point. Shashi’s journey serves as inspiration for those contemplating a similar leap from the tech world to the agricultural realm.

Shashi Kumar’s transition from the IT sector to organic farming exemplifies the intersection of passion, purpose, and perseverance. His story reminds us that meaningful change often begins with a single individual daring to pursue a different path. As technology continues to shape our world, Shashi’s journey stands as a poignant reminder of the enduring connection between humanity and the land.  

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About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.

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