The concept of Shodh Sankal (a chain of experimenting farmers) to generate a lateral learning environment among grassroots innovators was started by SRISTI in 1996. The idea was to bring together experimenting farmers and discuss the results of trials that farmers have taken up on their own to solve various local problems. The discussion also enhances the esteem for local knowledge systems apart from speeding up the process of technological change in regions where formal technology generation system has not been very successful – such as dry regions, mountainous regions and other disadvantaged areas.