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Improving livelihoods through alternative pathways and governance structures in the food-water-energy sector

Organized by IIT Bombay - Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA) and Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

A one-day exploratory dialogue with research organizations, advocacy organizations, field practitioners and start-ups was conducted at IIT Bombay. The workshop involved discussion on current emerging models of cooperatives such as water users associations (WUAs) to manage water budgeting and farmer producer organisations (FPOs) to link farmers directly to markets. The purpose of this workshop was to share experiences and analysis on challenges faced in the rural sector and focus on strengthening of livelihoods with discussion on regulatory reforms and policy alternatives in water, energy and produce aggregations.

Click here for the concept note of the workshop.


International Water Management Institute: IWMI is an international non-profit, scientific research organization focussing on sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries.

BAIF Development Research Foundation: BAIF is an Indian charitable organization working in development research, capacity building and improved quality of life in rural areas.

Prayas Energy Group: Prayas is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation based in Pune. They are active in furthering public-interest in the energy sector through analysis-based advocacy.

Centre for Policy Research: CPR is a non-profit, non-partisan independent institution and one of India’s oldest and leading think tanks focusing on public policy.

Watershed Organisation Trust: WOTR is a non-profit that engages at the intersection of practice, knowledge and policy across scales and in collaboration with stakeholders across sectors. They are recognised widely as a premier institution in the field of participatory watershed development and climate change adaptation.

Yuva Mitra: Yuva Mitra is a social development organization working in Sinnar taluka of Nashik district focussing on water resource development and management, agriculture and livelihood development, institution building and health through participation.

TATA Trust: Tata Trust is one of the oldest grant bestowing foundation. They engage in innovative and sustainable initiatives and with the potential to make a visible difference in areas of rural livelihoods and communities, education, health, enhancing civil society and governance and arts, crafts and culture. 

Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats: ADaRSH Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Pune

Happy Roots: Happy roots is a social enterprise that manufactures and markets gourmet snacks by working with farmers

ASAR: ASAR works on social and environmental issues by conducting research, ground truthing and understanding local contexts.

Green Pyramid Energy: Green Pyramid Energy is a solar installation company working in urban as well as rural areas. A unique feature of their company is that their engineers come from remote villages of India.

Presentations made during the workshop.

Mahesh Patankar
Priya Jadhav
IIT Bombay
Eshwar Kale
Sunil Pote
Yuva Mitra
Bharat Kakade
Gyan Prakash Rai
Event Date: 
Thursday, 25 July 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm