Suvojit Chattopadhyay
Suvojit Chattopadhyay is a development professional currently based in Dhaka, Bangladesh with Adam Smith International. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi, and masters’ degrees from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India, and Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, UK. He has worked in India, Ghana, Kenya, Somalia, Bangladesh and Myanmar in a career spanning 12 years.
July 14, 2017
NGO executives attending a village meeting. (Photo by Austin Yoder)

The shape of India’s non-profits in the 21st century

NGOs in India need to adapt to the shifting landscape of India by working in tandem with the state and markets, and retain their difference. This is a critical reform or perish phase for them.

July 5, 2017
For poor rural people living on the margins, the system of direct benefit transfer show mixed results.

Is direct benefit transfer really a panacea for the rural poor?

Given the complex and varied situations in rural India, the results of the direct benefit transfer method are so far mixed at best and debilitating at worst, as seen in the subsidies for farm equipment and fertilizers

June 30, 2017
Procurement of produce is in progress at a market yard. (Photo courtesy MAHAPFC)

Collective farm gate procurement offers solutions to cover price crashes

Farmer producer companies have started to play an important role in procurement from smallholders, which guards against price crashes that has been plaguing marginalized farmers across the country despite record harvests

June 26, 2017
Led by village headman Krusna Kadraka and Dasara Kadraka in an earlier mission to collect lost millet varieties, the women of Kadarguma prepare to walk to their clan families in remote hamlets. (Photo by Manipadma Jena)

Millets travel from tribal farms to dinner tables

The indigenous Dongria Kondh community in Odisha is helping to restore the popularity of native varieties of millets that can grow in droughty weather conditions, even as millet products gain traction among affluent consumers for their many health benefits