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TIGR2ESS: Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies

A Global Challenges Research Fund project
Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies

“The TIGR2ESS programme will help to deliver our vision, in partnership with institutions in India, to improve Indian crop science and food security.”


Professor Howard Griffiths, Co-Chair of the University of Cambridge Global Food Security IRC, and Principal Investigator of the programme.

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Update on COVID-19

The TIGR2ESS team, like research projects across the world, is currently facing the challenge of adapting our plans to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Whilst almost all field and lab-related work has temporarily been suspended, we are now looking to address the joint challenges of continuing to conduct world-class research during lockdown and in the as yet unknown landscape once restrictions eventually ease.

We are currently working with our project leads and partners to pivot our research to address emerging challenges and changes in food security for the communities we work with. All our meetings, roundtables and conferences are being adapted into virtual events. Our researchers are also documenting the immediate and potential longer-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through regular blogs.

As we move forward in our new environment, we will devise new research methods to facilitate engagement with communities during times of social distancing. We will translate existing methods into accessible remote fieldwork tools, defining and developing best practice. We will also work hard to inform and shape food security and agricultural policy post-lockdown by working closely with our partners in India.



TIGR2ESS will develop and strengthen alliances across a wide ranging network of UK and Indian experts in crop science, hydrology, social science and policy, creating a two-way knowledge exchange partnership. This partnership will define the requirements for advancing the Green Revolution in India, set the necessary policy agenda, and define a collaborative research programme focused on sustainable crop production and sustainable resource use.

Choices about modern agricultural practices in India must reflect societal needs, and our understanding of these needs will help us orientate the subsequent research programme and its translation towards an outcome that is both technically and socially acceptable, and possible, for today's India.


TIGR2ESS will frame new thinking:

  • Policy outputs to shape a response to the Green Revolution;
  • How to empower, educate and improve nutrition for rural female farmers and labourers;
  • Opportunities for engagement of rural youth and development of entrepreneurship;
  • Identifying appropriate crops and cropping practices for contrasting climatic regions;
  • Enhancing research capacity and skills to address key food security Issues for UK and India.


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