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Through stakeholder interactions, research, and data collection, this project aims to promote ecosystem-based regenerative agriculture and localized food systems. It will develop a toolkit for sustainable materials from agricultural residuals, identify institutional barriers to ecologically friendly agricultural practices, and create a roadmap for localized circular food systems. A publicly accessible digital platform will provide information and strategies for all stakeholders involved. The ultimate goal is to create sustainable agrifood practices that balance biocultural diversity and economic development while providing livelihood opportunities to rural communities.


Core Challenges

  1. How can we design a toolkit that enables farmers in our target communities in Maharashtra to generate effective agricultural sidestreams?

  2. How can we develop implementable business models that enable Indian industries to transition to bio-based materials and material flows from agricultural residues for sustainable bio packaging products?

  3. How can we develop opportunities for a supportive institutional ecosystem for transitioning to and upscaling nutrition-positive ecosystem-based agriculture in local communities in Maharashtra?

  4.  How can nutrition-positive agriculture, inspired by sustainable food production and One Health principles, become economically and ecologically viable for local food systems in our target communities?


Capacity Building

  1. Stakeholder consultations with decision-makers

  2. Curriculum for sustainable and ecological rural livelihood opportunities

  3. Multilingual platform for adaptive governance and transition to agro-business models of ecosystem-based sustainable agriculture

  4. Feedback mechanisms to continuously refine the approaches based on real-world experiences and challenges


  1. Assessment of candidate feedstocks for integrating new or novel sidestream concepts into existing chains.

  2. Stakeholder mapping for establishing a financially viable business model for selected sidestreams and biopackaging

  3. Life-cycle assessment for evaluating safety, environmental, and socio-economic performances of sidestream end-products

  4. Digital sidestreams toolkit for sustainable materials for industry stakeholders


  1. Analysis of critical institutional barriers hampering localized nutritive and ecologically-based agriculture and development of agribusiness opportunities.

  2. Mapping a circular approach linking sustainable food production to nutrition and One Health 

  3. A digital “Food System Roadmap” offers opportunities for transitioning and upscaling to economically and environmentally viable and nutrition-positive ecosystem-based agriculture in local communities.


  1. Database of sidestream opportunities with incentives for supporting the food system roadmap 

  2. Curriculum resources including success stories and case studies of outputs from target communities with simplified explanatory resources.

  3. Linkage to financial incentivization and livelihood opportunities that support sustainable development


1. Analyzing widely used agriculture-based digital mobile applications and proposing recommendations, with a focus towards regenerative agriculture.

- Ameesh Khatkar, Shannon B. Olsson, Aditya Parekh. (2023). Sustainability Ambassadors Global Exchange Programme, Bengaluru. 

2. A comparative study on the effect of waterlogging and its management in wheat and maize - India versus Denmark. 
- Publication in process
Senthamil E, Kiril Manevski, Shannon B. Olsson. (2023). Sustainability Ambassadors Global Exchange Programme, Bengaluru. 

3. Promoting and Conserving Traditional Varieties of Sorghum in Maharashtra: A Study on Knowledge Generation and Dissemination. 

- K. Arun Sai Kumar, Rohan Mukerjee, Shannon B. Olsson, (2023). Sustainability Ambassadors Global Exchange Programme, Bengaluru. 


4. Stakeholder mapping for watershed management.

- Anirudh KC, Vikas Chandak, Shannon B. Olsson. (2023). Sustainability Ambassadors Global Exchange Programme, Bengaluru. 

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Aditya Parekh

Associate Director - IndiaBioscience

Apoorv Garg

Co-Founder - altM

Gerd Michael Seibold

Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine - The Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Girija Ramakrishna

Technical Expert (Reuse & Circularity) - Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination Society (CDD) India

Hans Jørgen Lyngs Jørgensen

Associate Professor, Section for Plant & Soil Sciences, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences - University of Copenhagen

Jyoti Krishnakumar

Director: Community Wellbeing Programme - Keystone Foundation

Kesavan Subaharan

Principal Scientist (Entomology), Division of Germplasm Conservation and Utilisation - ICAR - National Bureau of Agricultural Insects Resources (NBAIR)

Ketankumar Vadodaria

Associate Senior Faculty, Textile Design - National Institute of Design (NID)

Kranti Yardi

Senior Scientist - Naoroji Godrej Center for Plant Research (NGCPR)

Lene Lange

Founder & Owner - LL-BioEconomy, Research & Advisory

Markandeya Gorantla

Chairman & Managing Director - ATGC Biotech Pvt Ltd

Minhaj Ameen

Director of Strategic Operations, Finance and Administration - Agro-Ecology Fund (AEF)

Nilanjana Bairagi

Associate Professor - National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bangalore

Nityananda Dhal

Integrator - Research & Resource Centre & NRLM Support Organisation - PRADAN (Professional Assistance for Development Action)

Padmapriya TS

Chief Executive: India - Sanitation First India

Rohan Mukherjee

Programme Coordinator, Agriculture & Advocacy - Keystone Foundation

Sanjib Sarangi

Associate Vice President & Head : Natural Resource-based Livelihood Programs - India Grameen Services

Sara Monteiro Pires

Senior Scientist, National Food Institute - The Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Søren Hvilshøj

Senior Market Director - NIRAS

Srajesh Gupta

Manager - Climate Change Research, AKRSP-India; Anchor, C-GEM

Sudharsan Jayabalan

Chief Executive Officer, 

IIIRPD RoboTech, Hyderabad. India

Sunitha Varadan

Founder - LoopM Alternatives

Victor Afari-Sefa

Director Global Research Program; Enabling Systems Transformation - ICRISAT

Amit Y. Arora

Professor - Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay

Chandana Tekkatte

Science & Technology Specialist - Good Food Institute (GFI) India

Imran Khan YD

Senior Researcher and Thematic Lead (Ecology) - Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)

Padma Ishwarya S.

Science and Technology Specialist - Good Food Institute (GFI) India

Sagar Pandit

Assistant Professor - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune

Saurabh Purohit

Senior Researcher (Ecology) - Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)

Sivaramakrishnan B

Principal Strategist - Forum For The Future

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