Project Duration – March 2018- Dec.2021
‘Transforming India’s Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable Food Supplies’ (TIGR ESS) Programme (funded by UKRI GCRF), is a collaboration between UK and India to build a second, more sustainable Green Revolution in India. Under the programme, we conducted a multi-tier socioeconomic household survey of 500 farmers cultivating millets in five states of India. This was carried out to gain an understanding of farmer preferences for growing millets, farmer livelihoods, cultivation practices, market linkages and consumer perceptions of millets.
IORA in partnership with Vertiver Pvt. Limited went on to define gender roles, trends in changing weather patterns due to climate change and digital connectivity of farmers. This aided in the development of recommendations for programme approaches for enhancing millet growth in India, as well as development of policy interventions to improve the value chain of millet cultivation.
Implemented across 4 agro-ecological zones of India (Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka), the programme aimed to investigate the key food security issues. IORA also addressed the sustainable agriculture challenges and supported in building engagement & empowerment of local communities. We also advocated for gender equality in farming systems while understanding food & nutrition across communities.