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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

TIGR2ESS is a large-scale project drawing together partners from research, industry, government and NGOs in the UK and India

TIGR2ESS is developing and strengthening alliances across a carefully selected network of UK and Indian experts

Working together will enable us to contextualise the challenge in terms of the widespread changes taking place in Indian society today, including urbanisation, drawing many away from rural work, particularly men; and technological developments transforming the employment opportunities within food sector away from primary production. 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.


Project partners

TIGR2ESS is led by the Cambridge Global Food Security Interdisciplinary Research Centre (GFS IRC) at the University of Cambridge. 

GFS is a virtual network of researchers across the University supporting interdisciplinary, collaborative research to address issues surrounding local, national and international food security. Expertise for TIGR2ESS is drawn from the following departments and institutes: 

Department of Plant Sciences

Department of Archaeology

Department of Geography

Department of Land Economy

Centre of Development Studies

Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP)

University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI)

Institute for Manufacturing (IfM)

Global Centre for Nutrition and Health (NNEdPro)

Centre for Global Equality


Signatories to the UK-India Crop Science Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2016 with India’s Department of Biotechnology to establish a joint UK-India crop science programme that will tackle food security challenges. This will promote collaborative research, knowledge exchange and capacity building for resilience in food security.

This consortium of British research institutions, led by the University of Cambridge, includes the following organisations who are also partners in TIGR2ESS:

John Innes Centre (JIC) 

University of East Anglia

Rothamsted Research

National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)


Additional UK TIGR2ESS partners

University of Essex

University of Hull


Higher Education, Research Institutes and NGOs across lndia

Banaras Hindu University, Department of AIHC and Archaeology, BHU;

Department of Biotechnology (DBT) New Delhi;

Centers for International Projects Trust (CIPT), New Delhi;

Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore;

CRIKC (Panjab University), Chandigarh;


International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad;

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi;

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar;

IIT Mumbai;


Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), and KIIT Bhubaneswar;

MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai;

Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (NCDS), Bhubaneswar;

NIPGR, New Delhi;

NIAS, Bangalore;

Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh;

PRADAN New Delhi;

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana;

Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA), Ludhiana;

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai;

University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan;

University of Tamil Nadu;

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