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

A Global Challenges Research Fund project
Workshop in India, photo credit Toby Smith/TIGR2ESS

Overview of Flagship Project 1

Flagship Project 1: Sustainable and Transformative Agrarian and Rural Trajectories (START)

This Project will open a new conversation about the future of agriculture in India. What are the societal choices that will inform the second green revolution, and how will this be negotiated in India’s contemporary political economy? What should be the focus of the new agrarian ecosystem, and how should it balance the interests of farmers, agricultural labour, the food industry, distribution networks and supply chains, consumers and those involved in providing support services and inputs to this sector? How might different production systems, ranging from small-holder family farms to large-scale commercial production respond to these different needs and interests, of men and women, across generations? What is the relative importance of improving yields and efficiency, ensuring ecological sustainability, and ensuring equitable and inclusive outcomes that leave no one behind?

To address these issues, we will run a series of structured dialogues designed to challenge existing thinking and provide opportunities to articulate alternative visions for the future of Indian agriculture. Activities will include: 

  1. Deliberative workshops and facilitated dialogues across the diverse agro-ecological regions of India, with wide representation across a diverse set of stakeholders.
  2. In-depth follow up interviews with key thought leaders, and those promoting innovative strategies to address challenges, including rapid field research in a selection of demonstrator case studies.
  3. Policy workshops in India and the UK, with embedded engagement between the research and policy community through the Centre for Science and Policy’s Policy Fellowship Programme.
  4. The development of alternative visions and scenarios for the future of Indian agriculture, with implications for the activities of the other Flagship Programmes.


Lead: Professor Bhaskar Vira

Professor of Political Economy, Director of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute.


Dr Rob Doubleday (Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge)

Dr Shailaja Fennell (Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge)

Dr Nitya Rao (University of East Anglia)

Dr R Rengalakshmi (Director JRD Tata Ecotechnology Centre, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation)

Dr Padmaja Ravula (ICRISAT)

Dr Nedumaran Swamikannu (ICRISAT)

K.P. Soma (PRADAN)

Nivedita Narain (PRADAN)


Ms. Samyuktha Kannan (MSSRF)

Dr. Pratheeba (MSSRF)

Vivek Babu (MSSRF)

Ravi Nandi (ICRISAT)

Shreya Sinha (University of Cambridge)

Katie Cohen, Reserach Assistant (University of Cambridge)

Other stakeholders:


Forum for Women Farmers Rights;

ICRISAT, Hyderabad - Dr K V Raju, theme leader Policy and Impact; Dr R Padmaja 

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi;

Indian Council of Agricultural Research;

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Centre for Management in Agriculture - Professor Anil Gupta 

GIAN Gujarat

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, School of Development Studies - Prof R Ramakumar, Dean;

Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch;

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...