India: Kerala, Punjab, NATIONAL

Where are the “bright spots” of sustainable farming and food systems in India?

In our recent Future Food Systems Summits, held in Kerala, Punjab, and New Delhi (Pan-India level) in January and February 2024, we brought together a diverse group of food system experts and change-makers. We chose these locations because they represent the diversity of food systems across India and have distinct challenges and opportunities to work toward a more sustainable future. This summit provided a unique platform for networking, identifying common goals, and developing actionable plans for a brighter future.

Thank you for being a part of this transformative experience!

Summit participation

Highlights of the Summit:

Joining forces to transform the system

To enact the changes we need in agriculture and food systems, we need to join forces with others. That is why we brought different types of organizations together to network, identify common goals, and develop a shared action plan to achieve transformation of the agri-food system towards sustainability.

As part of a participatory research project, we offered a 2-day Future Food Systems Summit series for food system professionals and community members.

Day 1

Visioning workshop

Together, participants crafted an inspiring vision for the future food system, discussing the values they share that underlie this vision.

Day 2

Knowledge Sharing and Networking Session

Along with identifying concrete actions toward their food system vision, participants shared their knowledge and experiences working toward sustainable future food systems.

How can we work together to make just and sustainable food systems a reality?

Workshop Highlights

More summit updates coming soon!

Watch an interview with Dr. Anne Elise Stratton and several Bright Spots participants on the Indian Agricultural News, DD Kisan. The interview starts at minute 5:30.

The journey continues

Stay Connected with Bright Spots Project

In the next step of the project, we are identifying indicators that will help us track progress towards the shared vision. We will then map the indicators to find “bright spots”.

As we collectively seek solutions to food system sustainability challenges, stay connected with the Bright Spots project. Your continued engagement is vital to build on the momentum generated during the Summits.

Thank you for being an essential part of our journey towards a resilient and sustainable food future!

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Our India team

  • Prof. Dr. Verena Seufert

    Junior Professor

  • Dr. Anne Elise Stratton

    Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Dr. Haseena Kadiri

    Research Coordinator India

  • Vrindaja Vikram

    Research Coordinator India

  • Julie Fortin

    PhD Candidate

  • Simran Kaur

    Research Coordinator India


Our India collaborators

  • Dr. Archana Raghavan Sathyan

    Assistant Professor & Collaborator - Kerala Agricultural University

  • Dr. Satyapriya

    Principal Scientist & Collaborator- Division of Agricultural Extension, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute

  • Dr. S R Bishnoi

    Scientist, & Collaborator Division of Agricultural Extension, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute,

  • Dr. Vijesh Krishna

    Research Collaborator, Lead Economist at CIMMYT Hyderabad


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