WELL Labs Launch Event Proceedings: Research and Innovation for an Uncertain Future

Water, Environment, Land and Livelihoods (WELL) Labs was formally launched on July 26, 2023, at the India International Centre in New Delhi. This document summarises the keynote lecture and the panel discussion on what it will take to deliver a future for rural India that is both ecologically secure and economically vibrant.

Aug 31, 2023

On July 26, 2023, WELL Labs brought together key experts in the field of agriculture and water management to mark its launch in New Delhi. Dr Ashok Gulati, leading agricultural economist and Distinguished Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), delivered the keynote lecture on India’s water crisis and how agriculture is impacted.

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Dr Shambu Prasad, Professor, Strategic Management and Social Sciences, Institute of Rural Management Anand; Dr Alok Sikka, India Representative of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI); and Mr Amandeep Panwar, CEO, BharatRohan, discussed how we can anticipate future environmental challenges in rural India and deliver a future that is economically vibrant and ecologically secure.

A key part of the event was the launch of the report we submitted to IWMI on the impact of solar irrigation in India. Researched and written by WELL Labs Executive Director, Dr Veena Srinivasan and Managing Partner of Products and Platforms, Ms Anjali Neelakantan, the report employs an agent-based modelling approach to ascertain how farmers in six different districts in India are likely to respond to solar irrigation. The report was released by Dr Sikka.


We are grateful to all the speakers for attending the event and sharing their valuable insights on some of the pressing issues facing agriculture in India. We would also like to thank the India International Centre in New Delhi for their support in organising the event.

Cover Illustration by Sarayu Neelakantan and Aparna Nambiar

Editing and layout by Kaavya Kumar

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