DBT Funded Project: The Rural Urban Interface of Bangalore: A space of Transition in Agriculture, Economics and Society

Summary of the project

Expansion of urban landscape in to surrounding rural areas is a global phenomenon occurring at a rapid pace in the recent past. Bengaluru is no exception to this change and is one of the fastest growing cities of the world; Bengaluru provides itself as the best case for understanding the patterns and consequences of such urban invasion in to rural areas. Urban invasion in to rural space may affect the dynamics of agriculture, ecology and the socio-economic systems in the rural-urban interface to varying degrees. Understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of such processes would help in a) preventing the possibility that socio-ecological systems along the rural-urban interfaces reach a point of no return, b) modelling to predict the process and consequences in other places of similar rapid growth of urban space and also, c) in formulating suitable policy changes required to guard wellbeing of the populace living in the rural-urban interfaces. The Indo-German collaborative project which is launched at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (UASB) in association with the University of Kassel and the Gottingen University, Germany, is aimed precisely to address these issues. The collaborative project, being jointly funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India New Delhi and DFG, Germany, is a long term programme being undertaken by a consortium of several Indian Universities and institutions viz., ISEC, IWST, ATREE, NIAP, IIST and APU with UASB as the nodal organization. These diverse organizations address several themes such as impact of urbanisation on agricultural production systems, flow of ecosystems services, food security, value chains, socio-economic changes and adaptations. The Indo-German collaborative project was launched on 15th August 2016 at GKVK, campus, Bangalore. Dr. H. Shivanna, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Mrs. Margit Hellwig-Botte, Consul General, German Consulate, Bangalore and Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey, President, Kassel University, Germany graced the function.

About 30 scientists from India and 15 scientists from Germany are involved in the complementary programme that has 14 projects from Germany and 12 projects from India all interlinked on specific themes. In the first phase, DBT has provided about Rupees 9.3 crores while DFG has provided 3 million Euros and about 18 PhDs and 10 MSc research scholars would be involved in executing the work.

In this regard specific and general MoUs have been signed by German Research Foundation (DFG) Germany, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), ICAR, Government of India, and all the partner universities and institutions. The programme planned to be taken up in three phases for the next decade would address varying issues pertaining to influence urbanisation on agriculture surrounding Bangalore. 

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