Padmaja Ravula

Padmaja Ravula
International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics | ICRISAT · Innovation Systems for the Drylands

PhD

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Introduction
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April 1993 - present
International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics
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  • Senior Researcher

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Publications (34)
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Festivals are an integral part of the rich and varied cultures of indigenous communities in India. Festivals are closely linked to an indigenous group’s occupations, such as cultivation, and mark a ritual calendar that directs the dietary behaviour of the community. This paper examines the festivals and food cultures of indigenous groups living in...
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Knowledge and evidence on how food value chains can deliver nutrition, especially micronutrients, are limited. A deeper understanding of the food value chains as part of agri-food systems approaches addressing hunger and malnutrition through agricultural development may provide pathways for nutrition and health outcomes.. This systematic review was...
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This paper investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security and on coping-strategies in urban and peri-urban areas of the Hyderabad, India. Household survey data were collected before (October 2018) and during (January 2021) the onset of the pandemic. Results from logistic regression with the standarized Food Insecurity Expecience...
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Background Tribal population – especially pregnant and lactating women are susceptible to undernutrition because of low socio-economic, cultural norms and practices regarding dietary habits and practices, market access and availability. Nutrition knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) studies offer an opportunity to better understand the socio-cu...
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Like many other developing countries, urban sprawl is a growing phenomenon in India, which poses socioeconomic and environmental challenges that worryingly affect urban sustainability. In this study, a latent class clustering approach was used to investigate perceptions of urban sprawl among 622 urban and peri-urban dwellers in Hyderabad. The empir...
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A significant share of undernourished people are smallholder farmers in low and middle-income countries. Recent studies advocate improving market access as an important pathway towards improving the dietary diversity of farm households over increasing farm production diversity. A systematic review of five databases using Priori criteria identified...
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In developing countries, food-borne diseases, attributable to lack of, or inappropriate, food hygiene and handling practices at home, are expected to increase due to a rapid growth in the consumption of fats and animal source foods. The context-specific and situational practices corresponding to underlying traits of food hygiene and handling practi...
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Highlights Social and technical interventions related to agriculture, watersheds, and capacity building should enhance women‘s awareness, access, and decision-making role in agrarian communities. Strict gender norms and relations hinder the empowerment of women in the Bundelkhand region and prevent women from participating in the decision-making pr...
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The objective of this paper is to understand individual nutritional outcomes through an examination of gendered time use patterns. The analysis of the data from eight villages in the Semi-Arid Tropics (SAT), India confirm previous conclusions about the gendered influence of agricultural interventions, especially time demands on the rural poor. Agri...
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Despite the strong economic growth, India continues to perform poorly on its nutritional indicators. The literature seems to suggest that there is a disconnection between economic growth and nutrition. The increasing understanding of nutrition and the shifting landscape of malnutrition in India and across the world has led to a focus on diet qualit...
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Close linkages between agriculture, nutrition and health have been established in the literature, especially recognizing the gender roles in achieving improved nutrition and health. This paper contributes important insights regarding the nutritional status of adult women engaged in agriculture and examines the interaction of human capital (especial...
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This paper has presented evidence on the role of pulses in enhancing the nutritional status of the rural communities in the semi-arid tropics (SAT) of India. The paper has used primary data from the ICRISAT VLS nutrition surveys (8 villages from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra) and the longitudinal panel micro-level data (for 6 villages o...
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Agriculture is fundamental to achieving nutrition goals; it provides the food, energy, and nutrients essential for human health and well-being. This paper has examined crop diversity and dietary diversity in six villages using the ICRISAT Village Level Studies (VLS) data from the Telangana and Maharashtra states of India. The study has used the dat...
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Written by R Padmaja and Cynthia Bantilan of ICRISAT, the post focuses on what they learned by rethinking how they asked survey questions about women’s asset ownership. The post can be read here - http://pim.cgiar.org/2015/03/11/do-you-own-the-asset/
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Extended Abstract There is an increasing focus on studying and understanding the linkages between agriculture and human nutrition in order to identify nutrition-sensitive agricultural interventions. Literature identifies several pathways linking agriculture and nutrition and some of these pathways specifically address women's time use and nutrition...
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Studies’ (VLS) from 1975 to present has proven to provide excellent insights on multiple aspects of village dynamics. Many researchers, referred to in this study as ‘Learner Participants’, not only utilized the VLS data for analysis, but also received training, exposure to base villages and research supervision under village level studies. VLS is o...
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There is abundant literature and information produced regarding social networks and the specific roles that women play and benefits they receive through them. However, much is left to be explored and understood on the role of social networks in increasing women’s and men’s access to resources and opportunities, and to establish means to map and me...
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This book is a compendium of studies on climate change challenges and adaptations at the farm level, capturing research carried out across the continents of Asia and Africa. Chapter 1 is on the introduction to climate change vulnerability and adaptation strategies with rural farm-level perspective. Chapter 2 discusses the analytical framework and m...
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Empowerment of women, in its simplest meaning refers to the process whereby women acquire an ability to make strategic life choices. Likewise, power is also thought of as an ability to make choices. This view of power focuses on structure or the social norms and forces that enable and or constrain thinking, action and behavior. Hence, there is now...
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This is a sociological study focusing on social networks, to understand what formal and informal links and associations mean to the poor in rural communities in India, and how these links help them in improving themselves and their communities at large. Understanding when, why, and how social networks function best is important. Mixed methods appro...
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Ravula Padmaja and Ma Cynthia Serquina Bantilan draw lessons from gender-based social analysis at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics with a particular focus on agriculture. They look at agricultural technology development through a social lens, reflecting on the growing need for a holistic, impact-oriented approach to...
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This paper explores how and to what extent women and men have benefited from social capital build-up (the ability of men and women farmers to develop and use various kinds of social networks and the resources that thereby become available) in technology uptake, and the role of women in this process. Using a series of three case studies on ICRISAT's...
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"This paper explores how and to what extent women and men have benefited from the build-up of social capital in technology uptake, and the role of women in this process. Using a case study on Groundnut Production Technology (GPT) in Maharashtra, India, a systematic documentation of the process by which farmers – both men and women - as well as the...
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The developments in the dryland region reflect the pervasiveness of poverty, which is demonstrated by the growing constraints of water, land degradation, continuing concerns about malnutrition, migration due to frequent droughts, lack of infrastructure, poor dissemination of improved technologies, and effects of government policies and further econ...
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This inductive study offers an examination of 23 cases in which informants from firms engaged in large-scale global projects reported unforeseen costs after failing to comprehend cognitive-cultural, normative, and/or regulative institutions in an unfamiliar host societal context. The study builds on the conceptual framework of institutional theory....
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Increased intensification of agriculture through intensive use of irrigation, fertilizers, pesticides and high-yielding varieties in more-favored high-potential zones was the major driving force behind the Green Revolution success. However, many regions in less-favored areas like much of the drylands have not benefited from this agricultural transf...

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