Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences Lead Partner of Cambridge University Research Project on Food Security

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Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be University has initiated an exciting new research project ‘Transforming India’s Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable Food Supplies (TIGR2ESS)’. Awarded by Cambridge University, UK, KISS is a Lead Partner for this multi-year project.

The project is the first of its kind, focusing on new technological innovations in the area of sustainable agriculture and nutrition security, going beyond the seed-fertiliser-water package of the Green Revolution. It aims to trigger a second Green Revolution which not only increases productivity but also conserves water (‘More Crop per Drop’), soil quality and plant bio-diversity, in accordance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The project will be led by Dr. Suraj Kumar, Adviser, KISS and Chief Mentor, Neeti Foundation, who had facilitated the original agreement between KISS and the Centre for Development Studies, Cambridge University, UK. The academic partnership at the UK end is anchored by Dr. Shailaja Fennell, Senior Lecturer at Cambridge and substantively supported by Prof. Nitya Rao, University of East Anglia, UK. Prof. Rao is the daughter of Dr. MS Swaminathan regarded worldwide as the Father of India’s Green Revolution. KISS has thus entered into the global league of social science research, in alliance with ICRISAT and leading universities worldwide and in India.

Odisha with its diversity of tribal culture and livelihoods is an excellent location for cutting edge research on food security. Expressing his appreciation, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS & KIIT said, “Cambridge University, UK has awarded this major research grant to KISS in recognition of our commitment to tribal empowerment. We have done so through education and knowledge imparted to thousands of children from tribal and marginalised households across Odisha and India.”

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