Agriculture

The global population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, raising concerns about feeding these increasing numbers without further degrading the environment. Our work focuses on bringing sustainability in agricultural practices by developing plant and microbe derived products that reduce the use of chemical fertilisers while substantially improving crop yields. We are making strides in using nano biotechnology to develop a range of green products including nano-fertilisers, superfoods and algal based bioenergy. We demonstrate change by helping farming communities improve their livelihood through our products and practices.

agriculture narrative

NEW IN AGRICULTURE

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    Water-food-energy nexus in India

    In these times of agriculture crisis and falling water tables, it is important to rework policies to better address key challenges in the irrigation-power space

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    Case Study

    Bringing back traditional farming in Uttarakhand

    Uttarakhand farmers rediscover benefits of traditional crops

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  • Nano Agriculture
     

    Publication

    Zero Draft Policy on Regulation of Nanoproducts in Agriculture

    TERI’s recommendations on regulations for agri-nanoproducts in India

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  • Mycorrhizal Research

    Photo Story

    Seeds of Hope

    Mentoring farmers in Mukteshwar towards sustainable agriculture

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    Fungi central, the mycorrhiza haven

    TERI is home to the world's biggest facility for mycorrhiza production

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Projects

Articles

Water-food-energy nexus in India

Ms Prakriti Prajapati

In these times of agriculture crisis and falling water tables, it is important to rework policies to better address key challenges in the irrigation-power space

RCC check dams boost farmer incomes

Crops did not receive sufficient water during critical growth stages due to poor water retention in the fields

Farmers in Jhapusabari Pt.

Paddy Residue Burning: Drivers, Challenges and Potential Solutions

Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma

Paddy residue burning has been viewed mainly as a challenge of residue management. Its mismanagement in the states of Punjab and Haryana has led to annual winter smog and health problems in Delhi and other places in North India.

Events

Second International Conference on Nanobiotechnology for Agriculture

December 13, 2018
to December 14, 2018

The Second Edition of International Conference on Nanobiotechnology for Agriculture (NanoForAgri 2018) will be organized by TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre in December 2018.

Theme: Detection, Conservation and Responsible Use of Natural Resources

Exhibition-cum-sale of Supi Sugandh products at Purabi and Prakriti Mela

March 8, 2018
to March 19, 2018

Look out for Supi Sugandh's stall for its organic products at the Purabi & Prakriti Mela at Dastkar Nature Bazaar in New Delhi in March 2018.

Workshop on "Knowledge Access: Digital Convergence at the Bottom of the Pyramid"

October 5, 2017
to October 5, 2017

TERI Library and Information Center (TERI LIC) hosted a workshop on 'Knowledge Access: Digital Convergence at the Bottom of the Pyramid' under the umbrella of the 3rd India Public Libraries Conference (IPLC) 2017 on October 5, 2017, at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi. Around 40 participants, mainly comprising of public librarians and researchers from agricultural area, attended the workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to bridge the information divide and leverage advancements in ICT to the benefit of the rural populace.

News

Preserve natural resources, promote farming

March 1, 2018
| Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Tribune

Tackling the agrarian crisis from its roots necessitates attention to the important aspect of the neglect and degradation of natural resources, the natural capital that underlies all agriculture production systems.

A living system

February 27, 2018
| Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Telegraph

Organic farming can improve sustainability in Indian agriculture. Its principles challenge the dominant narrative of input and energy-intensive industrial agriculture systems that make farmers dependent on expensive commercial inputs and damage soil, water and biodiversity, inducing grave socio-economic adversity. Organic agriculture visualizes the farm as a dynamic ecosystem where biotic and abiotic components interact and harness local resources, such as farm residue, biodiversity and natural processes, to deliver optimal agricultural production and stability.

New Nano Centre

March 27, 2017 |
January 11, 2018
The Times of India

TERI has collaborated with an Australian university to set up a nanobiotechnology centre for core research as well as for development of technologies, products and processes. The TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre plans to have 50 PhD students and as many researchers on board by 2018. Students as well as researchers from TERI and Deakin University will work together.

Policy

Discussion Paper : Organic Agriculture: An option for fostering sustainable and inclusive agriculture development in India

June 2, 2015

Land scarcity, degraded ecosystems and climate change are pressures that the agriculture sector confronts in the 21st century whilst needing to meet demands for food, feed and fibre, preserve natural resources as well as ensure profitability, economic and social equity (FAO, 2015). Industrialized agriculture,1 which is capital intensive, substituting animal and human labour with machines and purchased inputs (IAASTD, 2009) has been the favoured model for agriculture development due to its tremendous success in increasing food production.

Strengthening Agricultural Biotechnology Regulation in India

September 22, 2010

The recent decision by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to place an indefinite moratorium on the release of Bt Brinjal for commercial agriculture has brought sharp focus on the stridently polarized views across the scientific community and civil society on the benefits and costs of genetically modified crops.

Services

Technology for reclaming wastelands

We provide expertise in greening and reclamation of wasteland to turn it into green, productive land. We do this using a beneficial group of micro-organisms known as mycorrhizal fungi. Successful examples of sites reclaimed using this technology include fly ash overburdens, alkali chlor-laden sites, distillery effluent discharge sites, phosphogypsum ponds, coal mines, red mud, saline and arid sites.

Next generation technology to produce high-quality mycorrhiza

Mycorrhiza is a biofertiliser that helps promote plant growth in an environment-friendly manner and provides several benefits during the plant cultivation stages. Our in-vitro mass production technology uses a sterile, contamination-free environment, to commerciallly produce this high-quality mycorrhiza, which is viable, healthy, and genetically pure. Our next generation technology for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi is suitable for industries and requires less space for maximum recovery of propagules (up to 1000 billion propagules/annum).

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Team

Senior Director, Sustainable Agriculture
Area Convenor, Centre for Mycorrhizal Research
Area Convenor, Community Farming & Livelihood (CFL)
Area Convenor, Nano Biotechnology Centre