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

A Global Challenges Research Fund project

Overview of Flagship Project 6

Flagship Project 6: Impacting Wellbeing in Rural and Urban Communities

Key determinants of populations health and resilience include heredity, environment, diet, lifestyle and socioeconomic factors. Within this framework, education and empowerment are important components that can define theories of change to improve lives and livelihoods, leading to better nutrition, health and economic outcomes. Our flagship project explores the relationships between these factors through assessing needs and piloting innovative intervention models.


6a: Education, Food, Nutrition and Empowerment (EFNE)

6b: Education, Employment, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship (4E)

6a & 6b: Mobile Teaching Kitchens (MTK) and Innovation Farms


UK Scientific and Administrative Co-Leads: 

Dr Shailaja Fennell

Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

Professor Sumantra Ray

NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health in Cambridge (c/o The British Dietetic Association) and Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge (c/o Dr S Fennell)

UK Scientific Co-Leads

Professor Nitya Rao

School of International Development, University of East Anglia

Dr Lydia Smith

NIAB Innovation Farm and the Eastern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub  


Co-Investigators from Key Partner Institutions:

Dr Lara Allen (Centre for Global Equality, Cambridge, UK)

Professor Ramanjit Kaur Johal (Panjab University, India)

Professor Srijit Mishra (Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (NCDS), Odisha, India)

Professor Suraj Kumar (Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS), Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar, India)

Professor K Narayanan (Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India)

Dr R. Padmaja (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, India)

Dr Rengalaksmi Raj (M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, India)

Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRAs):

Dr Mohammad Sohail Dhillon (Panjab University, India)

Dr Jaswinder Kaur (Panjab University, India)

Dr Amarendra Pratap Singh (IIT, Bombay, India)

Dr Rekha Bisht Sirola (IIT, Bombay, India)

Dr Anuprita Shukla (University of East Anglia, UK)

Dr Rekha Bhangaonkar (University of Cambridge, UK)

Dr Rajshree Kanungo (NCDS, Odisha, India)

Dr Shubhashree Shankar (KISS, Odisha, India)

Dr Ravi Nandi (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, India)

Mr Vivek Babu (M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, India)


Public Health Resource Network

NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health (c/o British Dietetic Association)

NNEdPro Regional Network in India (c/o The Remedy Clinic Study Group)


Chintan/Lok Chetna Manch

State Health Missions

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Cordia Group of Educational Institutes Sanghol, Punjab, India

Kalsubai Millets and Traditional Food Organization; NGO partner in Akole, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India

Inner Wheel International, Kolkata, India 

ICRISAT, Telangana, India

MSSRF, Chennai

Odisha Millet Mission and Odisha State Rural Livelihoods Mission

Key NNEdPro members (Mobile teaching kitchen):

Dr Minha Rajput-Ray

Pauline Douglas RD

Dr Luke Buckner 

Jørgen Torgerstuen Johnsen