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

A Global Challenges Research Fund project
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TIGR2ESS objectives and outcomes have been jointly framed by the consortium partners

India’s Green Revolution produced significant benefits for the country. The greatest positive impact was felt in regions and on farmers who were able to harness benefits from the combination of new technologies, increased inputs and research-led innovation that have characterised agrarian transformation over the last fifty years. Despite these positive outcomes, there is widespread agreement that the 21st century demands new thinking to address new and emergent challenges, driven by changes in migration and settlement patterns, new forms of economic activity, changes in global commodity markets, and significant environmental challenges.


The Objectives of TIGR2ESS are:

• to define the requirements and set the policy agenda for a 'second Green Revolution' in India, framed by demographic changes affecting rural communities and feminisation of smallholder farming systems. 

• to develop and strengthen alliances across a carefully selected network of UK and Indian experts, to build a collaborative, long-term research partnership in sustainable agriculture that will set India on the path to a second Green Revolution.


The Project addresses Four Key Research Questions:



1. What should a Second Green Revolution deliver?

2. Can crop productivity increase, whilst maintaining yield stability?

3. Can water supplies be shared to match community demand?

4. How can we best engage and education for local community wellbeing?


TIGR2ESS will tackle these four thematic questions through fundamental research, structured into six Flagship Projects


Anticipated outputs:

• consolidated research partnerships and networks in India and the UK;


• enhanced wellbeing and nutrition for female farmers and rural communities in India;


• resilient supply chains for urban populations in India and the UK;


• extensive, engaged network of academic stakeholders, NGOs and industrial partnerships, to help deliver a new Green Revolution in India.


Latest news

TIGR2ESS is recruiting

18 December 2018

The TIGR2ESS team in Cambirdge is recruiting a half-time Impact, Data and Outreach Manager. Please check out the advert on the University of Cambridge job opportunities page, here . Please note that applications for this vacancy have now closed.

Global Food Security International Symposium, 8-9 April 2019

14 December 2018

Registration for the Global Food Security International Symposium will soon start. Applicatons for flash talks and posters can be submitted already. Please send your name, title of talk or poster, and a short summary of what you will present (max. 100 words) to . Further details about the...

TIGR2ESS workshop in New Delhi on data mining and the use of 'R'

14 November 2018

The next TIGR2ESS event will be a joint FP2/FP3 workshop, to take place in New Delhi in February/March 2019. The workshop will focus on the use of 'R' for biological data analysis and advanced crop genomics as well as expore different techniques for data mining from literature. The workshop is jointly organised by Dr...