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

A Global Challenges Research Fund project


Dr. Ravi Nandi is a Senior Associate Scientist-Socioeconomics/Agricultural Economics with the Research Program - Enabling Systems Transformation at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India. Previously he worked as project manager for Feed The Future India Triangular Training program (FTF ITT) at National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), agricultural field officer for priority sector lending at public sector bank, and Agribusiness manager at FMC in India. He has accepted new position from January 2022 as Senior Specialist for Agriculture at NITI Ayog, the apex public policy think tank of the Government of India.


  • PhD and Post Doctorate in Agricultural economics from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • MSc Agricultural Entomology from UAS, Dharwad
  • MBA from Jain University, Bangalore
  • MA Development Economics from Anna University, Tamil Nadu
  • PGDAEM (Agricultural Extension Management) from National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad
  • BSc in Agricultural sciences from UAS, Dharwad.
  • Several professional certifications from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, Tufts University, USA, Tata Cornel Institute, University of Duisburg Essen, Germany and many national and international research institutes.


His research interests encompass sustainable food systems with specific focus on food environment, consumer behavior, Agriculture-nutrition nexuses, links between climate change, agriculture, food security, Agrifood value chains, Agricultural markets, farmer’s collectives, aspirations of rural communities, development project monitoring and impact evaluation. 
His research during the TIGR2ESS program under Flagship Project 1 focused on role of markets in moderating farm production diversity and farm household dietary diversity, interplay between tank irrigation and nutrition, aspirations of farming communities including rural youth, digital integration of value chains, COVID19 impact on value chains and household’s nutrition. Also worked jointly with MS Swaminathan Research Foundation on intergenerational transmission of aspirations and waning interest of rural youth towards family farming.


Key publications: 

Dr Nandi is published widely in international journals like Global Food Security, European Journal of Development Research, International Food and Agribusiness, frontier Sustainable Food Systems, International Journal of Rural Management, etc. One of his recent paper based on TIGR2ESS research is published in the Global Food Security Journal and is recognized with best research paper by ICRISAT for the year 2021. He is also a regular contributor to blogs and opinion pieces.

Other publications: 

TIGR2ESS relevant/related publications Ravi Nandi, S. Nedumaran, Padmaja R, 2021. The Interplay between Market Access and Farm Household Dietary Diversity in developing countries: A systematic Review. Global Food Security Journal. Nandi and S. Nedumaran, 2021. Understanding the aspirations of rural communities: A systematic review of the literature to inform agricultural research, policy and practices in developing countries. Accepted for publication at International European Journal of Development Research. 10.1057/s41287-021-00413-0Ravi Nandi, S. Nedumaran, Padmaja R. 2021. Disentangling the impact pathways of tank irrigation to rural food security: Farm level study from South India. Presented in International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) conference 2021.DOI:10.22004/ag.econ.315150. Article under review at Journal Agricultural Water Management.Ravi Nandi and S. Nedumaran, 2021. The COVID-19 induced disruptions across groundnut value chain: Empirical evidence from South India. Sustainability Journal. 2021. 13.1707. Nandi, S. Nedumaran, 2021. Rural market food diversity and farm production diversity: Are they complement or substitute each other in contributing farm household’s dietary diversity. Working paper.Ravi Nandi, Pratheepa C.M., S. Nedumaran, Nitya Rao, Rengalaxmi, 2021. Farm Parent and Youth Aspirations on the Generational Succession of Farming: Evidence from South India (A Qualitative Analysis). Journal of frontier Sustainable Food systems. In press. 
S. Nedumaran and Ravi Nandi, 2020. Digital integration for enhanced market efficiency and inclusiveness of smallholder farmers: A proposed model for Fruits and Vegetable supply chain. Journal of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR). Nandi and S. Nedumaran, 2019. Agricultural Extension system in India: A meta-analysis. Research Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 10(3), 473-479.
S. Nedumaran and Ravi Nandi, 2020. Household vulnerability to climate change and identification of target beneficiaries to implement household-specific adaptation strategies: A quantitative assessment. Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development. 18(2) p2. Ravi Nandi, S. Nedumaran (2021, June 7). Why are aspirations of farming communities important to know in developing economies? University of Cambridge, UK. Nandi (2021, January 15). Does improving food market access improve rural household nutritional outcome in developing countries? International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (CRISAT) Happening. Nandi, S. Nedumaran (2020, June 5). Does the Smallholder Farmers have Access to Quality Inputs in the Diverse Delivery System? University of Cambridge, UK.
S. Nedumaran, S Aravazhi and Ravi Nandi (2020, May 8). Finding the silver lining: Interesting supply chain models emerging during lockdown in Tamil Nadu, India. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (CRISAT) Happening

Ravi Nandi, S. Nedumaran (2020, May 6). Double burden of COVID-19: Declining livelihood opportunities and aspiration failure among poor people. University of Cambridge, UK. Nandi, S. Nedumaran (2020, April 5). Broken supply chains: COVID-19 lockdown is having a devastating effect on livelihoods in rural India. University of Cambridge, UK. Nandi, S. Nedumaran (2020, April 2). Rural youth aspirations: Can Indian agriculture regain the interest of rural youth? University of Cambridge, UK. Nandi, S. Nedumaran (2020, March 20). Stakeholder engagement in South India to bridge the Science-Policy gap. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (CRISAT) Happening – Agri-Buzz. Nandi, S. Nedumaran (2021, February 26). New study fills a critical gap in understanding pandemic impact on food value chains and offers solutions. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (CRISAT) Happening – Agri-Buzz.
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