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.

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    Food and Land Resources: Incorporating Watershed-Based Approaches for Better Sustainability-Productivity Balance

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    State of Science, Technology and Innovation Skills for Sustainability of India's Food and Land-use Systems

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    TERI and CFCL launch Mycorrhiza Product

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    Locked houses, Fallow lands: Climate Change and Migration in Uttarakhand, India

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India’s Women Farmers: The Unimagined Mass

India is known for its agricultural produce, but what we do not know, or perhaps tend to overlook, is the contribution of women in the growth of this sector. In this article, Himanshu Kumar and Vivek Kumar enlighten us about the role of women in the agriculture sector and some of the problems they face.

TERI and CFCL launch Mycorrhiza Product

Partnering with The Energy and Resources Institute's (TERI) SMART Agrisolutions, Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (CFCL) launched their first Mycorrhiza Product in the Mycorrhiza category of biofertilizers. The Advanced Mycorrhizal Biofertilizer product has been named- “UTTAM SUPERRHIZA”.

स्थिरता और लाभप्रदता के लिए भारतीय कृषि को कुशल बनाना

Dr Manish Anand

भारत को खाद्य और पोषण सुरक्षा सुनिश्चित करने के साथ साथ अपने विविध कृषि क्षेत्रों में प्राकृतिक संसाधनों के कुशल उपयोग और भूमि उपयोग प्रणालियों की स्थिरता सुनिश्चित करना भी ज़रूरी है। इसे प्राप्त करने का अर्थ होगा नवाचार, विविधीकरण, व्यावसायीकरण, स्थिरता और मूल्य श्रृंखला में वृद्धि की दक्षता को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए क्षमताओं और कौशल का निर्माण करना।

कृषि क्षेत्र में ट्रांजीशन - भारत में वर्षा आधारित खेती की संभावना

Dr Manish Anand

फसल उत्पादकता बढ़ाने के अलावा, वर्षा सिंचित क्षेत्र के विकास की रणनीति को कृषि परिवर्तन और आर्थिक विकास के लिए आधुनिक उपकरणों का उपयोग करके गरीबों को अपनी क्षमताओं, आत्मविश्वास और आत्मनिर्भरता का निर्माण करने के लिए सशक्त बनाने के साथ और अधिक करना होगा। उपयुक्त प्रौद्योगिकी इन क्षेत्रों में सतत खाद्य सुरक्षा और गरीबी उन्मूलन की कुंजी है

भारत में रेशम उद्योग: इंडियन क्वीन ऑफ़ टेक्सटाइल्स की चमक की कहानी

इस लेख में, लता विश्वनाथ भारत में रेशम उत्पादन के विभिन्न पहलुओं पर चर्चा करती हैं। इस उद्योग ने विभिन्न मंत्रालयों के आपसी सहयोग से धन प्राप्त किया है और किसानों को स्थायी आजीविका दी है, विशेष रूप से झारखंड, ओडिशा, पश्चिम बंगाल, छत्तीसगढ़, महाराष्ट्र, आंध्र प्रदेश और बिहार राज्यों में हाशिए के समुदायों की महिलाओं को रोजगार देकर उन्हें स्थायी आजीविका दी है। वह यह भी कहती हैं कि भारत सरकार का पूर्वोत्तर राज्यों में रेशम उद्योग के विकास पर विशेष ध्यान है।

Silk Industry in India: The Story Behind the Sheen of the Indian Queen of Textiles

In this article, Lata Vishwanath discusses different aspects of silk production in India. The industry which has received funding from the convergence of various ministries has given sustainable livelihood to farmers, in particular to women of marginalized communities in the states of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Bihar by giving them jobs. She also says the Government of India has a special focus on the development of the silk industry in the Northeast States.


Advanced nanomaterials for renewable energy

November 25, 2022
to November 25, 2022

On 25th November 2022 | 02:30 – 04:30 PM (IST)

Nanobiotechnology in natural food colours

October 20, 2022
to October 20, 2022

On 20th October 2022 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM


September 23, 2022
to September 23, 2022

On 23rd September 2022

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is organising a webinar on "Effects of Multiple Nanoparticles on Plants and Data from in-Vitro and in-Situ" on September 23, 2022 from 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM (IST).

Drone Technology for Specialised Agrochemicals in Precision Agriculture: Awareness and Adoption in India

July 21, 2022
to July 21, 2022

On 21th July 2022 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM


May 18, 2022
to May 18, 2022

The Summer School will provide a series of lectures on nanofsafety challenges and enable a free exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences from experts in an interactive format.

Hands on Training Module - Quality Control of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Biofertilizers

March 3, 2022
to March 3, 2022

The in-person Instructor-Led Live Hands-on-Training will train students on Quality Control of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Biofertilizers


Adapting Indian agriculture to climate change

April 11, 2022
| Mr S Vijay Kumar
| Dr Manish Anand
| The Hindu Business Line

India has begun to pay more attention to the ways in which climate change impacts agriculture in varying contexts. Climate change policy in Indian agriculture has an explicit focus on adaptation and developing adaptive capacity of farmers is of prime concern. Rightly so, as nearly 86 per cent of Indian agriculture is small-holder agriculture and a significant part of it, particularly in dryland areas, is subsistence agriculture where adaptation is an issue of survival.

Ploughing a new channel for India’s food systems

February 25, 2022
| Dr Manish Anand
| Mr S Vijay Kumar
| The Hindu

In an effort to spur national and regional action to deliver the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through transforming food systems, the UN Food Systems Summit has called for action by governments in five key areas: nourishment of all people; promoting nature based solutions; Advancing equitable livelihoods, good work and empowered communities; Build resilience to weaknesses, shocks and stresses: and expediting the means of implementation.

Time for a different approach to crop burning

January 28, 2021
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| ET Energy World

Burning of the crop residue in the fields of North India after the harvesting of the paddy crop before Diwali leads to a very sharp spike in air pollution everyyear. This stays through the winter. Such high levels of air pollution cause a health emergency. There is a public outcry and demand for effective action and a sense of frustration at the lack of progress in solving the problem.

Ladies of the Land

January 24, 2021 |
January 28, 2021
The Telegraph

Manish Anand of Delhi's The Energy and Resources Institute has co-authored a paper on enhancing the role of women in agriculture and allied activities and providing them institutional support.

How green is my fertiliser?

December 17, 2020 |
December 17, 2020
Forbes India

Working towards researching and manufacturing these nano-fertilisers for a variety of crops is the TERI Deakin Nano-Biotechnology Centre in Gurugram. It has field-tested some of these fertilisers, and found improvements in the crop yields of tomatoes, paddy and soybean, and is conducting further field trials in many states across India.

How porcupines, nilgai and boars make Indian forest communities poorer

July 19, 2020 |
July 19, 2020
The Dialogue

People and wildlife are increasingly coming into conflict over living space and food around the world. While the conflict and loss of lives on both the sides get into limelight, little is known about the economic impact of the rising conflicts on the communities living in forests for ages despite multi-facet risks. A study by TERI has thrown a light on this recently. The study in Uttar Pradesh's Terai region at the Indo-Nepal Border, has found that the families living in the proximity of reserve forests incur 5-10 per cent monetary losses annually due to crop depredation.


Food and Land Resources: Incorporating Watershed-Based Approaches for Better Sustainability-Productivity Balance

August 4, 2021

The overall purpose of watershed programmes is to enhance incomes, provide food security through sustainable agriculture and prudent management of natural resources. This directly corresponds to SDG 1 and 2, i.e. No poverty and Zero Hunger respectively.

Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-based Agri-input and Food Products in India

August 6, 2020

Nanobiotechnology applications in food production and agriculture have a lot of potential. However, India did not have adequate guidelines to regulate the same. Until now.

Women in agriculture: Enhancing their role and promoting sustainability and livelihood support

May 26, 2020

The paper looks at enhancing the role of women in agriculture and allied activities and providing institutional support

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.


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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Associate Fellow and Area Convener, Nano Biotechnology Centre