The challenges of moving towards a sustainable and equitable agricultural system in a country as diverse as India are many and deep. How might these be studied and what are the spaces where meaningful intervention is possible as researchers? This presents the point of departure for our project which reflects on some of the most pressing political economy and policy issues of agricultural development in India. The project is funded by the Cambridge Global Food Security Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Supported by a Global Challenges Research Fund award for cutting-edge research and innovation addressing global issues, like food security, faced by developing countries, our project is a part of the theme ‘Sustainable and Transformative Agriculture and Rural Development Trajectories’. This project will open a new conversation about the future of agriculture in India.
Following are some of the questions that the research will seek to answer.