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“Are we just laborers?”- Women in Agriculture

By Neha Ahlawat and Ipsita Mitra Try and picture a day in rural Punjab. We immediately think of a man, toiling away in the field, soiled hands tending to his crops and a look of exasperation on his face. The … Continue reading

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Rethinking Agriculture

My father is an agriculturist and that explains why each time when I am visiting my parents, just like this past weekend, I end up spending a considerable amount of time with my family on discussions around agriculture and its … Continue reading

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Adopting the Orphan Crop

By Ipsita Mitra Research. Innovate. Develop. Three key words that describe the seed innovation in what agriculturalists call the orphan crop. An orphan crop is a crop, that is important to many of the world’s poorest people yet largely ignored … Continue reading

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Growing Young: Making Agriculture Cool

By Neha Ahlawat and Ipsita Mitra Agriculture still remains one of the mainstays of rural livelihoods in India. While we have been trying to gain insights into how rural livelihoods can be improved through strengthening agriculture, our efforts have also … Continue reading

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Agriculture Clusters as Local Innovation Systems

By Neha Ahlawat and Ipsita Mitra Strengthening the rural economy can be an answer to solving several problems that are plaguing developing countries, including India. The agricultural sector faces the problems of inadequate infrastructure, poor organization and lack of skilled … Continue reading

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Transforming Agriculture: Five Innovations that could Determine the Future of Farming

Even though we live in the post-agrarian, post-industrial, post-modern technological or digital age, agriculture undoubtedly remains one of the most important industries, and affects all of society on multiple levels. While the most obvious is that it sustains us by … Continue reading

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Nimble Agriculture: The Road Ahead

I helped facilitate the Nimble Agriculture session at Design Public 4. We sought to gain new perspective into the largely unsolved challenge of how we can use mobile technologies, social networks and new and innovative approaches to services deliver to … Continue reading

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Synthesizing energy and agriculture for sustainable rural development

Power is recognized as one of the most important inputs for economic growth and human development. Yet, 56 percent of rural households still do not have access to electricity (as per National Electricity Policy). Despite several policy initiatives by the … Continue reading

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