Gorur R. Iyengar Gopinath

1996 Associate Laureate, Environment
India, Born 1960


Project Goal

Expand ecological silk farming to improve living standards


Location: India

"I am convinced that in farming, management methods which are not environmentally benign and integrated will not be economical and sustainable.”

India is the world’s second-largest silk producer, after China. More than 200,000 families are involved in small-scale silk cocoon production in India.

A former military officer-turned-farmer discovered that the usual techniques, using fertilizer and pesticides, led to declining yields. He has developed innovative natural farming practices for mulberry production and silkworm rearing that preserve the environment, produce better results and cost less than half conventional methods.

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