Agriculture in India accounts for 17% of Gross Domestic Product and about 7% of the world’s agriculture output comes from India. However, the numbers are declining owing to the adverse effects of climate change. Furthermore, outdated technology, poor infrastructure, poor incentives for smallholder farmers and lack of marketing have hampered growth. At IORA, our projects mainly focus on sustainable agriculture solutions including LULC Mapping, Socio-economic Research and identification and enhancement of ecosystem services and market linkages.
Transforming India’s Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable Food Supplies (TIGR2ESS)
“IORA in partnership with Vertiver has been engaged by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, a country partner for “Transforming India’s Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable Food Supplies (TIGR2ESS)” as a coordinator for partners across India. This collaboration between UK and India is a path for a second, more sustainable Green Revolution in India. The project aims to identify and address issues related to role of women, nutritional state of communities, draught resistance of plants and irrigation efficiency. As a first step, Iora conducted a “”Millet Survey”” across Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha.
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|Location||Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka|
|Client Name||Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, University of Cambridge|
FarmerZone : A Cloud based Smart Agriculture Initiative by DBT
“FarmerZone is the Department of Biotechnology’s vision for a cloud based service that will offer curated data solutions for improved agricultural productivity and market connectivity for smallholder farmers. FarmerZone is expected serve as a multi-purpose window for dissemination of information to the farmers; from dealing with climate change anxiety to land size, soil characteristics, water availability, seed quality and market linkages.
IORA is responsible for project management and the overall coordination between institutions and sentinel partners. IORA is also responsible for mapping of public data sources like ISRO, IMD and Ministry of Agriculture that are relevant to the sentinel sites and development of multi-stakeholder partnerships for FarmerZone scale up. Currently, IORA has created a farmer registration database of 1004 potato farmers. Additionally, data procurement is underway for all geo-coordinates of sampled villages and weather data variables from IMD. ”
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|Client Name||Department of Biotechnology, GoI|
Development of a detailed project proposal for Nagaland for accessing public funds from SAMPADA of the Ministry of Food Processing Industry (MOFPI)
The SAMPADA Yojana is aimed at the creation of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management to further the growth of the food processing sector. Iora is supporting the Ministry of Development of North East Region (MDoNER) for the development of Detailed Project Reports to access the SAMPADA funds under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI).
|Duration||Sep. 2018-Nov. 2018|
|Client Name||GIZ India|
Carbon Footprint Analysis of Tea Value Chain
“Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in partnership with the Tea Board of India, and the Governments of Assam and West Bengal is carrying out a carbon footprint analysis for tea plantations in the state. IORA has been engaged by GGGI to estimate GHG emissions in Small Tea Growers (STG) tea gardens. The overall objective is to prepare a Carbon Footprint Analysis of tea value chain in Small tea growers (STG) of Assam and West Bengal and identify relevant mitigation strategies for a low carbon tea production system. IORA has conducted ground surveys to identify the sources of GHG emissions from STG farmers and estimate GHG emissions. Suitable interventions have been identified to reduce GHG emissions. Iora quantified and qualified data related to the life-cycle stages of tea from ‘Farm to Gate’ and estimated emissions related all the activities involved in tea production such as but not limited to, land preparation, tilling, fertiliser application, pesticide application and harvesting. The Package of Practices (POP) followed in Small tea growers was documented and evaluated for variations and related impacts on GHG emissions.
Additionally, IORA documented gender issues amongst the small tea growers and mitigation activities to cut down GHG emissions. All interventions were in lines with the existing goals of improving tea quality by promoting low carbon tea cultivation practices. Implementation of a low carbon roadmap is expected to attract domestic and international investments and contribute to India’s NDCs. “
|Location||Assam, West Bengal|
|Duration||Nov.2018 – Dec.2018|
|Client Name||Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)|