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

A Global Challenges Research Fund project
 
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: 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.


Read more at: Living in interesting times: Keeping interdisciplinary research moving during lockdown

Living in interesting times: Keeping interdisciplinary research moving during lockdown

19 May 2020

There is a Chinese proverb that states: “May you live in interesting times”. It has become something of a running joke between my brother and I, usually in reference to the climate crisis. But now, having seen no friends, relatives or work colleagues for over six weeks, these words no longer represent a flippant comment to my sibling: we really are living in an interesting time, and certainly not a straightforward one.


Read more at: Double burden of COVID-19: Declining livelihood opportunities and aspiration failure among poor people

Double burden of COVID-19: Declining livelihood opportunities and aspiration failure among poor people

6 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis but an economic crisis too. In particular, the anxiety and fear COVID-19 has created among the poor is unprecedented. It has also created a double burden for this group; loss of income now and loss of hope, or aspirations, for the future. Here, Dr Ravi Nandi and Dr S. Nedumaran from Flagship Project 1 at ICRISAT examine the evidence for policies to improve aspirations in times of crisis.


Read more at: COVID-19 and women agricultural labourers: Field realities from Tamil Nadu

COVID-19 and women agricultural labourers: Field realities from Tamil Nadu

29 April 2020

Women’s role in agriculture is of the utmost importance not only for developing the rural economy but also in ensuring food security. During COVID-19 lockdown in India, women’s unpaid workload in both domestic chores and care for family has noticeably increased. Here, Dr Pratheepa and Dr Rengalakshmi from the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) describe the situation faced by agricultural labour families in their study area for TIGR2ESS Flagship Project 1 and how women are tackling the lockdown period.


Read more at: COVID-19: Impacts on women working in the domestic sector in Hyderabad

COVID-19: Impacts on women working in the domestic sector in Hyderabad

27 April 2020

The recently extended lockdown in India, now in force until 3 May, is a necessary measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 and thereby save lives. India’s large population and the capacity of the health sector in the country to handle the pandemic means slowing the spread of infection is essential. But the impacts of the lockdown are not gender-neutral. Women are more vulnerable from both a health and economic perspective. Here, Padmaja Ravula from Flagship Projects 1 and 6 shares her insights into the impact of the lockdown on women who work as domestic help or in part-time occupations in urban and peri-urban Hyderabad.


Read more at: Striving to maintain nutrition security: Lessons from Women’s Federations in Uttarakhand

Striving to maintain nutrition security: Lessons from Women’s Federations in Uttarakhand

24 April 2020

In Mangalta village, 20 women are working non-stop, packing and processing food and nutrition supplements to be distributed to the most vulnerable sections of the society - pregnant and nursing mothers, infants and children under six years. This has become even more critical during the COVID-19 lockdown period. As Babita (35), a federation functionary said, “We need to ensure the take home rations are delivered to the Anganwadi Centre (Child-care centres run under the Integrated Child Development Services or ICDS), so the workers can ensure this reaches those who need it most in these times of lockdown. We are taking all the necessary safety and precautionary measures such as maintaining physical distancing , use of sanitisers and masks and so on”.


Read more at: Alternative market linkages: Response to COVID-19

Alternative market linkages: Response to COVID-19

23 April 2020

The 21-day long COVID-19 lockdown in India, which is now set to continue until 3 May, has undoubtedly severed market linkages. Farmers are desperate for actions that can avoid wiping out their incomes. This blog, from Dr Rekha Bhangaonkar of Flagship Project 6 , highlights some initiatives put in place to rescue the situation.


Read more at: Farmer Producer Organisations could help small holder farmers overcome the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown

Farmer Producer Organisations could help small holder farmers overcome the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown

17 April 2020

Ground-level evidence from Tamil Nadu on the sudden disruption of supply chains for both non-perishable and perishable commodities has pointed to the adverse effects of COVID-19 on farming and farmers’ livelihoods. In Thanjavur, known as the ‘granary of south India’, and Pudukottai and Villupuram districts of Tamil Nadu state, farmers are unable to sell their produce. Without adequate storage facilities, they are staring not just at losses, but also lack of liquidity to prepare for the next planting season. In the absence of a market, or storage, many have not bothered to harvest the crop.


Read more at: Broken supply chains: COVID-19 lockdown is having a devastating effect on livelihoods in rural India

Broken supply chains: COVID-19 lockdown is having a devastating effect on livelihoods in rural India

5 April 2020

The 21 day lockdown of India to control the spread of COVID-19, announced by PM Narendar Modi on 24 March, is already creating lasting impacts on Indian farmers. Progressive and enterpreneurial small and marginal farmers cultivating perishable commodities are amongst the worst hit. Our interactions with farmers in the states of Telangana and Karnataka, and information sourced from news and print media, show that food supply chains for perishable foods are now completely broken. Here, the Flagship Project 1 team at ICRISAT , Hyderabad, sheds light on the dire impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small holder farmers in India.