Resources

This page provides links to public resources on  data, information and knowledge for insights into:

  1. Indian Agriculture: (Contemporary policies, issues and future scenarios, food and environmental security; farmer prosperity, climate change; digital agriculture)
  2. Agricultural research and innovation
  3. Agribusiness and Agritech startups
  4. Agricultural Education
  5. Science and Technology Policies
  6. Leadership, Behaviour, and Strategy for research and institutional management

(Click on the numbered subheadings to browse links to resources)

Indian Agriculture

  1. Farm Laws 2020: (1) The Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020;  (2)The Farmer’s (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 (contract farming); (3)The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
  2. Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices, India:  Provide analyses of trends in crop productivity; domestic and world prices; costs, returns, and profitability; cost projections; and Price policy, for all Kharif and Rabi Crops, for which the Commission determines the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) every season.
  3. USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN)Reports on India : Annuals and Updates on area, production and yield of agricultural commodities, with assessments of production and demand status, and policies influencing production  and market access.
  4. McKinsey Global Institute Reports  : Provide data driven insights for policy and strategy based on a deeper understanding how interactions between technology, policies, societies and environment impact different sectors of national and global economy, businesses and development (eg: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/india/indias-turning-point-an-economic-agenda-to-spur-growth-and-jobs )

Agricultural Research and Innovation -useful tools

  1. Google Earth Engine (GEE) Applications Collection:  There is a plethora of Satellite-based earth imaging data sets at finer spatial and spectral resolutions as well as high temporal resolutions, in public domain. Ever-increasing data storage capacities and computing power are needed to store and process such large datasets. The Google Earth Engine is  a cloud-based computing platform established by Google to store, process and analyze spatial data using centralized high-power computing resources.  The GEE   allows scientists, researchers,  and others  to access  use-ready  spatial data to understand the changes occurring on the Earth’s surface. This Collection  presents research that uses the GEE  to retrieve and process spatial data for a variety of applications that include vegetation monitoring, cropland mapping, ecosystem assessment, and gross primary productivity, among others. The studies cover the entire globe at varying spatial and temporal scales. Datasets used range from coarse spatial resolution data (MODIS, 250m; AVHRR, 1KM),  to medium and fine resolution datasets (eg. Landsat, 30m;  Sentinel, 5/10m); and other datasets including   time series of climate data. The available analysis tools range from  simple statistical analysis to machine learning and AI tools.  The data and analysis tools allow users to implement  the classical problems of remote sensing, namely classification,  characterization, and prediction interactively and on the fly, to support real time decisions

Agribusiness and Agri-startups

  1. AgFunder An industry news site at the intersection of agriculture, technology and investment. The site publishes daily, original news on the agriculture technology (“agtech”) industry, including the latest funding news and analysis of trends in the sector. A hub of information for the growing startup and investment community in agtech, the site also features guest commentaries and Q&As with industry experts.

Leadership, Strategy and Behaviour Insights

  1. HBS Working Knowledge – Working papers and other resources on fresh research and ideas from Harvard Business School Faculty.
  2. Kellogg Insights – Latest research and expertise of Faculty of the Kellogg School of Management.

 Science and Technology  Policies

  1. HKS – Technology Factsheet series: The Technology Factsheet Series, is published by Belfer Center,  Harvard Kennedy School, under its Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project. Each brief in the series offers an overview of the technical aspects of salient technologies, their market potential, and their public purpose and policy relevance. Each brief has a series of questions that policymakers should consider in regulation and governance of the new  technologies to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good.

 

————- links to other sources will be added soon