The study’s finding indicates that the policy regime has major dependence on certain irrigation strategies and large infrastructure-oriented projects (such as dams and canals), whereas locally suitable water harvesting structures (e.g., ponds and tanks) have been neglected in policy design. Therefore, this study advocates for a paradigm shift away from “irrigation” to “integration” in the long-term policy imagination at national and regional levels, using a holistic approach for on-farm water management and drought mitigation in MP Bundelkhand.
Ayush Vani, Seema Ravandale, C.Shambu Prasad and Debashish Sen
Despite the widespread disruptions of lives and livelihoods due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it could also be seen as a gamechanger. The post-pandemic recovery should address fundamental questions concerning our food systems. Is it possible to reset existing ecologically unsustainable production systems towards healthier and more connected systems of conscious consumers and ecologically oriented farmers? Based on three illustrative cases from different parts of India, we show how managing transitions towards sustainability require institutional innovations and new intermediaries that build agency, change relations, and transform structures in food systems.
C.Shambu Prasad and Deborah Dutta
Issues in Policy implementation: Insights from an E-survey on Operational Guidelines on 10000 FPOs
This paper highlights an innovation of a recent key policy document in Indian agriculture- the operational guidelines for promoting 10,000 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) by 2024. Key stakeholders, representatives from FPOs and their federations, sponsoring and training organisations, donors and other ecosystem players with substantial experience working with FPOs were invited to participate and express their views on the policy document through a detailed e-survey in July 2020.
C.Shambu Prasad, Deborah Dutta and Vandana Ravichandran
Farming as an enterprise- Ten years of FPO movement in India
A recent overview of the FPO ecosystem written by Prof. Shambu Prasad, who has been part of national level policy dialogues to enable effective policies to strengthen FPOs. This is a chapter from the State of India's Livelihoods 2019 Report.
Farming Futures: An annotated bibliography on Farmer Producer Organisations in India
Academic research on FPOs is growing but scattered with significant knowledge in ‘grey’ literature produced by practitioners. This annotated bibliography seeks to fill the gap by providing a useful collation of all published material on FPOs in India. The bibliography draws from a research study that sourced literature from research databases through systematic search and other sources via snowballing to produce a knowledge resource that covers the time period between 2003 and 2019.
Gautham Prateek & C.Shambu Prasad
Urban spaces need to radically rethink their relationship with food in terms of production and consumption as climate change, land degradation due to industrialised farming present a serious challenge to food security. Community-based urban farming initiatives are proving to be an effective way to create sensitivity, critical awareness and connection with the land, farmers and ecosystems.
Dharani: Nurturing the earth, fostering farmers' livelihoods
This case study won the first prize in the Oikos Case Writing Competition 2017. It was written by Joseph Satish V (University of Hyderabad, India) and C Shambu Prasad (Institute of Rural Management Anand, India). It discusses how Dharani, (a part of Timbatku collective) not only developed external markets for small farmers' organic produce but also articulated an ethical model of local production, distribution and consumption.
Joseph Satish V and C.Shambu Prasad
Innovating at the margins: The System of Rice Intensification in India and transformative social innovation
Explores social innovation in agriculture through a particular case of agroecological innovation, the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in India. Insights from social innovation theory that emphasize the roles of social movements and the re-engagement of vulnerable populations in societal transformation can help reinstate the missing “social” dimension in current discourses on innovation in India.