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Nidhi Pant

Driven by empathy, she uses technology to uplift farmers

The agricultural sector faces a variety of difficulties ranging from access to markets to the stubborn prevalence of wastage in the entire agri-food supply chain. The hardest hit are often smallholder farmers. They are also among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Spurred on by first-hand experience of these problems, Nidhi searched for tech-based design solutions to these two problems, starting in college at the young age of 19. Today, as a trained chemical engineer, she uses her learnings – both old and new – to tackle more challenges. She is Co-Founder of ‘Science For Society – S4S Technologies’ – a company that focuses on decentralised agri-processing i.e. post-harvest management at the farmgate. Nidhi is working to increase India’s renewable energy share, which is one of our climate commitments, and contributes towards SDG 2: Zero Hunger.

Recently, her company won acclaim for work that turned farm waste into value-added products using sustainable solar-powered technology. Through S4S, she has been pioneering and empowering women farmers in particular. They train landless women and other farmers to become micro-entrepreneurs by exposing them to technology, finance, and markets. She has already won a clutch of awards for her work. These include the Women Transforming India Awards, Unilever Young Entrepreneur Award 2019, and the ‘Emerging Innovator of the Year’ at the Economic Times Women Leadership Awards. In 2019, she was also included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list.