Nilesh Desai has been working for years in one of the most backward districts of Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh on various issues. He is the founder-director of Sampark Sanstha. He has worked extensively in the field of agriculture, environment, health, education, environment and child rights in Jhabua. His work in the agriculture field encompasses the country. He has been advocating use of indigenous seeds and indigenous traditions. Prominent magazine ‘The WEEK’ conferred Nilesh Desai with its ‘Man of the Year’ award in 2018. He is also founder of Rashtriya Jalbiradari and the Madhya Pradesh convener of the Beej Swaraj Abhiyan. In 188-89, he was conferred the National Youth Award by the ministry of human resource development. He is also a recipient of Ashok Gondia award, Champaben Gondia award, Tarun Bharat Environment Protection Award, 2013, Nanaji Samman of the Madhya Pradesh culture department (2016) and others.