Research Grant Project
UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) and UGC’s Research Grant Project received for collaborative research with Leeds Beckett University from 2018-2020 on “Fostering Entrepreneurship for Sustainable & Inclusive Agri-Food Innovation – A Comparative Analysis of India and UK”.
The objective of this two-year research grant project is to evaluate the existing agri-entrepreneurial environment in India, investigate the capabilities of the agri-entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurs in allied sectors, locate lacunae and identify opportunities of agriculture as a profession (this coincides with the Government of India’s initiative to Double Farmers’ Income (DFI) by 2022-23 – with a targeted annual growth rate of 10.41%). The ultimate goal is to develop ‘learning and training’ packages for potential agri-based entrepreneurs for enhancing entrepreneurial competences, skills and behaviours, in the Indian and the UK context.
During the course of her travel to the UK from September 12 to September 23, 2018, Professor Banerjee has presented at The Retail Institute, Leeds Beckett University, UK, on September 20. The topic of presentation was “Impediments to Impetus: Cases of Agri Value-Chain from India” which was widely appreciated by the distinguished delegates of the retail industry who attended the conference. She has also conducted field visits to Precision Decisions Ltd. (Shipton by Beningbrough village), Wildon Grange Dairy farm (Coxworld), Fourth Milestone Dairy Farm (York), Higher Barn Farm (Hindley, Manchester) and Farmer Copleys (Pontefract), along with the research team (Professor Sharmistha Banerjee – University of Calcutta, Dr. Suneel Kunamaneni – Leeds Beckett University and Dr. Alfred Chinta – Leeds Beckett University).
Details of the research project and its events are available on: https://www.facebook.com/UKINDResearch