Universal access to clean cooking energy and the need for an inclusive policy: evidence from analysis of cooking fuel use in Odisha and Tamil Nadu
This paper briefly maps the existing policies on clean cooking fuel and examines the achievements
to increase the coverage of clean energy for cooking in India and emphasizes the need to go
beyond the ‘price’ and ‘income’ criteria in targeting universal access to clean fuel for cooking. By undertaking a comparative analysis of cooking fuel use patterns across two states, differentiated in terms of key economic parameters, this paper highlights policies that aimed at clean fuel switching in...
Harmonizing Traditional and Scientific Knowledge Systems in Rainfall Prediction and Utilization
Historically, and still today in India, farmers have used traditional knowledge to understand weather and climate patterns in order to make decisions about crop and irrigation cycles. This knowledge is adapted to local conditions and needs and has been gained through many decades of experience passed on from previous generations. However, in recent years, farmers have perceived that the variation in rainfall is becoming increasingly erratic and difficult to predict. This has reduced their...
Political Economy of Energy Policy in India: Electricity and LPG
Clean energy is key to good quality life, effective production, productivity enhancement and innovation. India has abundant coal and renewable energy, matured technology and institutions for meeting the clean energy needs of lighting, cooking and other utilitarian and productive requirements. Over the years, the country’s energy consumption has become highly skewed towards fossil fuels. In addition to high-grade coal for steel and
power production, India’s oil and natural gas needs are mostly...
Pulse Panchayat - Achieving self sufficiency in pulse production
Pulse panchayat is an integrated approach in establishing a sustainable production, value addition and marketing system. The initiative implemented by a Farmer Producer Company in Tamil Nadu, is moving towards achieving self sufficiency in pulse production.