Raising A Toast To Science And Agriculture
Cochin Herald|November - December 2020
Scientist and social entrepreneur Dr Deborshi De talks about his journey so far in the realm of food security and sustainable food production and what lies ahead…
Deepika Jayaram

When scientist and social entrepreneur Deborshi De came across his contemporaries who were settled abroad, having the best of opportunities, he often found them dismissing any chances of equally making a mark in their homeland, saying, ‘None of these pan out back there’. Deborshi, who has always been driven by the idea of a sustainable way of living and nation building, begs to differ. He says, ‘Nothing really works anywhere. You always have to make it work. I feel the country has given me a lot. If I am to change the country, the only way to do it is by staying here and doing work on a grassroots-level.”

Deborshi, who has a PHD in Plant Molecular Medicine and Nutrigenomics from Colorado Technical University, USA, has been a facilitator in the United Nations’s flagship capacity-building programme UNCTAD-Empretec, by closely working with the government to make use of entrepreneurship as a means out of poverty. He is currently the National Level Resource Person, FOSTAC-FSSAI, Government of India. These are just a few among the long list of achievements and qualifications he has to his credit.

Having started working at the young age of 12 because of adverse financial situations, years later, maintaining the wellbeing of people around him through the maxims of food, security, safety and hygiene has always been his perennial goal in life.

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