Our story begins in 2014 when, in an unprecedented move, a concerned State Government engaged a leading Indian private sector bank to prepare a roadmap for tourism in the most unexpected of places – Sundarban, the largest river delta in the world – to attract global tourists to the UNESCO World Heritage & Ramsar Site while maintaining its fragile ecological and environmenal balance.
Though the unique beauty and challenges of this region have been documented extensively, the books, articles, documentaries that we devoured before our initial visits as curious tourists did not prepare us for the mesmerising panoramas, abundance of flora and fauna and above all, human fortitude in the face of man-animal conflict. We were drawn back, again and again, to one of the most amazing places on earth and it changed us, little by little, till our curiousity turned to passion. To quote Mr. E.B. White (author of Stuart Little), “we have been torn every day between the desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world”.
Our journey has taken us four years – what started off with travelling together and passionate dialogues on sustainable development for conservation of enviroment has culminated in three career bankers and an expert in ecology conservation joining hands with the objective to connect natural produce and products to markets through community engagement.
In summer of 2017 Sandip Kar, Ajanta Dey, Soumyadip Chowdhury and Mallika Singh conceptualized this intention for supporting Startups in the social sector space with suitable interventions through a hybrid structure of a not for profits and a private limited company in a manner that efficiently nurtures profit making under the Triple Bottom Line approach of Natural Produce & Products, Communities & Markets.
July 2018 – December 2019 saw our first intervention in an early stage urban farming start-up focussed on bringing rooftop farming to urban households in an innovative manner that attempts to improve livelihood options of the rural partner while addressing the needs of the urban consumer.
In June 2019, we committed ourselves to accelerating an organic farm to fork business of Badabon Harvest, a farmer producer company in its infancy, using the rising demand for natural, green and organic food as an engine of development to improve the livelihoods of small and marginal farmers in Sundarban Delta, under a conservation approach around Triple P – People, Planet, Profit.
2020 will be forever known for the destruction it is causing. Notwithstanding the Covid-19 pandemic and Cyclone Amphan which devastated Sundarban, we continue to reconstruct and accelerate, the awesome opportunities for Badabon Harvest, inspired by the resilience of its marginal farmers, against all odds.
We are looking for partnering with suitable community led projects in Bharat that can do with some Market Connect with India.