Indra is an independent agri-policy analyst, writer and Host/Creator of the Wire’s agri-talk show Krishi ki Baat/ Farm Talks. He also served as director for policy and outreach for the National Seed Association of India.

 

Apart from contributing to various national and international media organisations, Indra has travelled over hundreds of villages across India working with farmers on regenerative agriculture & seed sovereignty. He has delivered over 200 lectures on agro-ecology, environment and agrarian politics across globally. These include invitations by the International Labour Organisation, universities, international seed and farmers’ forums, etc.

 

He has published over 500 articles on environment, agriculture and politics for various media platforms and often invited for various news debates on agrarian issues.

 

Indra in his early twenties was mentored by Dr Vandana Shiva and worked as the campaign manager and media spokesperson for Navdanya. He continues to save seeds and is also an urban food-gardener.

Indra Shekhar Singh

Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the media, non-profit organization management industry and government. Delivered over 200 lectures across the world, he also has been invited by the ILO to address issues of climate change and agrarian distress in South Asia. Skilled in Sustainable Development, Communication, Advocacy, Government Liasoning, Media Consultation, and Rural Development, he was invited to various times to the US to speak on agro-ecology and agrarian youth movements in India. Strong business development professional with a Master of Arts – MA focused in Philosophy from St Stephens College, Delhi University. He writes often on environment, agriculture and politics.

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