Agriculture sector in India has witnessed an unprecedented transformation. Over the years, agricultural production has evolved in shift tune in consumer demands and preference for finished products. Today, farming in India has becoming more complex due to world-wide social economic changes. There is a huge gap to be addressed in terms of educating the farmers with innovation, technology and facilitate sustainable social development in rural India. Therefore Cornell Sathguru Foundation for Development (CSFD) is dedicated to work towards the millennium development goals of gender equity, and sustainability across India in the field of agriculture and agri-entrepreneurship.
Cornell Sathguru Foundation for Development (CSFD) is a not-for-profit organization registered under the Societies Registration Act in India in the year 2004. CSFD was established to faster social development in India with focus on education, agriculture development, advancement of affordable health care solutions and women empowerment. Cornell University, the IVY League institution is a partner institution for the Foundation to advance initiatives in India. Since its inception, CSFD has supported women in India to pursue higher education, engage in enterprise development and gain from initiatives focused on sustainable food production, nutrition and other initiatives. The CSFD has engaged with number of public and private institutions in the past in India to accomplish this objective.
Cornell University is a partner institution for the Foundation to advance these initiatives in India. Cornell University is one of the best universities in the world for Agriculture, Food Science research and Education. Cornell University is recognized as one of the model universities for interweaving liberal education and fundamental knowledge with practical education and impact on societal and world problems. At the core of the initiative is innovation in teaching and learning through shared practices that connect students, faculty and curricula with communities in the public realm across the globe.
Given the dynamics, CSFD has been working on promoting agriculture and development through capacity building, making food safer and more nutritious, providing education on nutrition and gender equity. To actualize this, CSFD predominantly has been working towards developing the overall capacity and strengthening higher education in agriculture in India; especially in creating, nurturing and sustaining capacity within the State Agricultural Universities (SAU).
CSFD, in collaboration with Cornell University and other SAUs, has nurtured over 500 skilled human resources who are currently instrumental in generating new technologies and disseminating them to the farming community.