Prof. Vidya Vemireddy is a faculty at the Centre for Management in Agriculture (CMA), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA). She is an applied economist and her research and consulting assignments cuts across the domains of agriculture, food systems, agricultural finance, and gender. Currently, she leads two major grants examining technology adoption in Indian Agriculture across ten states in India [Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Government of India]. In her association with the CGIAR gender platform and as chair of the gender centre at IIMA, she is currently leading research grants to understand the pathways through which women’s empowerment can enhance household and intra- household nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa and India; pathways to make agriculture climate resilient at the household level. With the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) at Cornell University, she has examined food consumption patterns at the intra-district level in India and continues to provide policy recommendations. Further, she contributed to research and interventions on; adapting metrics of women’s empowerment index (WEAI) to the Indian context; examining financial inclusion of women in agriculture [Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat] and integrating women self-help groups in food fortification initiatives to households in Southern Gujarat, India. In the domain of agriculture and finance, she has written case studies, ranging from blockchain applications in agriculture; receivable financing; adoption of digital technologies; viability of Farmer Producer Organizations and the role of price discovery mechanisms.
Before joining IIMA in 2019, Prof. Vemireddy received her doctoral degree in Applied Economics and Management from the Cornell University, USA. During her Ph.D., She has been a TCI scholar at Cornell University. Prior to her Ph.D., she earned her master’s degree in Economics from Boston University and a Bachelor’s (Hons.) degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University.
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