About AIP

Rural livelihood in the heavily populated Indo-Gangetic plains depends almost completely on agriculture. A large percentage of the rural populace in the region, primarily in the central and eastern zones, presently earn less than USD 1.25 per day. Despite being highly fertile, substantial tracts of agricultural land remain under-used. Low productivity and land under-use in this region can be associated with poor farm management practices and environmental and social conditions. However, efficient land and resource utilization could transform one of the poorest regions of India into the country’s breadbasket. The region has immense potential to increase farm productivity that can ensure food security, improve nutrition and increase farmer prosperity. But, this is only possible with efficient use of technology and proper farming practices.

The Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) project launched with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the ‘Feed the Future’ initiative, endeavours to increase food security and improve the quality of life in the targeted regions in the Indo-Gangetic Plains. AIP aims to achieve this by improving agricultural education and extension systems and creating a convergence of public and private enterprises working towards ensuring prosperity in the region.

AIP comprises a consortium of agricultural universities and institutes in India, land-grant universities in the US and various private enterprises involved in offering products and services to the agriculture value chain. Presently, the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and two state agricultural universities, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut; and Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, are working together with Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; The Ohio State University, Ohio; Tuskegee University, Alabama; the University of California, Davis; The University of Georgia, Athens; and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and private enterprises such as Tata Chemicals Limited, John Deere and Sathguru Management Consultants on collaborative development initiatives covering agricultural education and extension.

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