Digital Green is a global development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships.

When farmers have the tools they need to connect with one another, they’re far more likely to apply what they’ve learned on their farms and in their households – improving their own livelihoods and those of others in their community, in a manner that’s nutrition-sensitive, climate-resilient, and inclusive.

Since day one, our deeply committed, curious and collaborative team has been challenged and inspired. We’ve tried and failed and tried again, and have ultimately become leaders in using technology for global development.

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Our Team

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Rikin Gandhi

Co-Founder & Executive Director

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Alex Dunlop

Deputy Director, Developing Local Extension Capacity

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Lakshmi Iyer

Director of Africa Programs

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Vinay Kumar

Regional Director, Asia and Global Initiatives

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Karin D. Lion

Director, Global Agriculture Strategy

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Giovanna Masci

Director of Growth

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Aditya Sethi

Director of Technology

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Neeta Vinay

Director of Global Finance

The Journey of Digital Green

2006

We begin as a project of Microsoft Research to test if there is a role for technology in small-scale agricultural systems. We partnered with our first NGO partner, Green Foundation,which became the basis for our name Digital Green.

2008

We become an independent
non-profit, the first non-profit spin-off for Microsoft Research.

Our peer-reviewed paper shows that we can improve the speed and effectiveness of extension systems by 10 times per dollar spent.

2009

The first official Digital Green team comes together at a bootcamp in India.

We get our first grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

2010

We setup our office in Delhi and additional offices in several state capitals across India.

CoCo and analytics dashboards are born to track farmer feedback and usage data across time and space.

2012

We reach our first 60,000 farmers across India in partnership with NGOs. From this work we link with the Government of India's National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

We expand our work to address health and nutrition issues.

2013

Our growth and success in India enables us to expand to new geographies of Ethiopia and Ghana.

We launch our Training Courseware platform for training frontline workers.

2014

We integrate radio, mobile, and video channels of communication in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia's Ministry of Agriculture.

A reality TV show about Digital Green, Green Champion, is co-produced with NDTV in India.

2015

We source innovative ideas from across our team during our first "Think Week." This leads us to identify the need to more efficiently enable farmers to access markets. Our shared transport-to-market service, Loop, is born.

2016

We reach our first millionth farmer and begin work on developing the local extension capacity across 12 countries in Asia and Africa.

We establish an office in San Francisco to return our technology roots.

2017

We develop a new five year strategy to make a deeper impact in the lives of smallholder farmers and begin work with smallholder farming communities in the US.

Our 150-person team engages more than 1.5 million farmers across 11,000 villages.

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We’re all in this together.

What we do is only possible because of the people we work with – funders and partners in both the public and private sector, internationally and on the ground in rural communities around the world.

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Financials

We’re all about data and reporting. Review our financials here.

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Annual Report

We have lots of data to share, and many stories to tell. See the highlights, year by year, in our annual reports.

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Media

People are talking about Digital Green. See past media coverage and access our press kit here.

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