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

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Read more at: Community Radio: an effective way to communicate in difficult terrain

Community Radio: an effective way to communicate in difficult terrain

20 September 2021

Located in the remote Kumaon valley, India, a community radio station called Kumaon Vani reaches out to 300,000 listeners spread across 500 villages in Uttarakhand state. Started by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) , the radio station raises awareness amongst local people on important issues. This blog focuses on...


Read more at: Land degradation and coastal agriculture: history and restoration targets

Land degradation and coastal agriculture: history and restoration targets

28 August 2021

Environmental and anthropogenic factors have driven the degradation of agricultural land in a delta region of Tamil Nadu, India. Here, Dr Pratheepa and Dr Rengalakshmi of MSSRF and TIGR2ESS Flagship Project 1 describe the causes and effects of increased soil salinity on coastal agriculture and recent efforts towards land restoration.


Read more at: Using the past to inform policy: How can crop diversification solve Punjab’s impending water shortage?

Using the past to inform policy: How can crop diversification solve Punjab’s impending water shortage?

16 August 2021

The cultivation of primarily wheat and paddy in Punjab is increasingly depleting groundwater supplies in the region, and thus crop diversification is an important path to reducing water use. Here, archaeological research carried out by FP4 researchers Dr Cameron Petrie and Dr Adam Green which demonstrates the relevance of ancient agricultural practices to a modern water shortage is put in conversation with policy targets proposed by FP4 researchers Dr Shruti Bhogal and Dr Kamal Vatta to promote crop diversification in Punjab.


Read more at: Why are aspirations of farming communities important to know in developing economies?

Why are aspirations of farming communities important to know in developing economies?

7 June 2021

Agriculture continues to play an important role in developing economies, yet with increasing rural-urban migration, ageing farm population, and waning interest of rural youth in agriculture, its sustainability is increasingly under threat. Here, Dr Ravi Nandi and Dr S. Nedumaran from ICRISAT and Flagship Project 1 shares results from a recent research paper with colleague Swamikannu Nedumaran, looking at aspirations amongst rural youth.


Read more at: Employment diversification among farm labourers: Caste perspective

Employment diversification among farm labourers: Caste perspective

28 April 2021

Agriculture is the main source of income worldwide. However, in India there is a declining trend in the proportion of workforce employed in this sector, with many people seeking alternative employment. Here, Dr Pratheepa CM and Dr Rengalakshmi R from MSSRF and TIGR2ESS Flagship Project 1 describe the ability of two caste groups in rural Tamil Nadu to secure non-farm work.


Read more at: Visit our online exhibition for Cambridge Festival

Visit our online exhibition for Cambridge Festival

26 March 2021

As part of the 2021 Cambridge Festival, we curated a free online exhibition showcasing stunning photos from India. The festival may be over, but you can read about the exhibition below. Exhibition description Photographs are powerful storytelling tools. However, their meaning is often open to interpretation; an image can...


Read more at: Actigraph: Insights from measuring food intake and energy expenditure in community-based research

Actigraph: Insights from measuring food intake and energy expenditure in community-based research

19 March 2021

The relationship between food consumption and physical activity is an important one, particularly for researchers looking into food consumption patterns in relation to nutritional balance. Here, Flagship Project 1 Research Associate Astha Upadhyay from TIGR2ESS collaborator PRADAN shares her recent experience using activity monitors in the community she researches in Chakai, Bihar.


Read more at: Reflections on Remote Research: Caveats and Capabilities

Reflections on Remote Research: Caveats and Capabilities

30 October 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges for researchers. Those who usually work in the field have been particularly affected. Here, TIGR2ESS intern Ellie Brain shares her experience of carrying out research remotely. She outlines key principles used for evaluating development initiatives from afar, considering the caveats based on personal experience, but also remote research’s power to highlight research’s pre-existing limitations and what can be done to change them.


Read more at: Is there a public goods case for public support to agriculture in India?

Is there a public goods case for public support to agriculture in India?

25 September 2020

​ Justifications for supporting India’s agricultural sector typically lack an environmental perspective. A solution to this could be to think of the benefits of farming as public goods. Here, Flagship Project 1 intern Anna Gardner discusses a public goods case for public support to agriculture in India.


Read more at: Silver linings: The researchers who carried on working during lockdown

Silver linings: The researchers who carried on working during lockdown

31 August 2020

Lockdown has stopped much research, not just for TIGR2ESS, but across the world. However, some of our researchers have been fortunate enough to continue their work. Here, Rob Jackson (NIAB, Cambridge) and Himanshu Sharma (Punjab Agricultural University) from Flagship Project 3 , describe how lockdown has affected their research.