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Avinash Kishore

Board Member

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Avinash is interested in understanding the adoption of sustainable technologies and practices in agriculture. He also studies the linkages between agriculture, nutrition and health and how public policies affect all three.

He is trained as a rural manager from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) and studied public policy at Princeton and Harvard.



Drought and Desperation in Bihar

By Avinash Kishore, on July 13th, 2012

Bihar is in the throes of a severe drought again—the third time in last four years, and so far, the shortfall in rains is worse this year than it was in 2009 and 2010. Rainfall is below normal in 36Read More..


The Tablet Populism

By Avinash Kishore, on July 12th, 2012

There is a new wave of populism in South Asia—of giving free laptops or tablets to students. Government of Punjab in Pakistan was probably the first to launch a scheme to gift free Dell laptops to 110,000 meritorious college studentsRead More..


A tussle for job cards

By Avinash Kishore, on May 18th, 2012

Two weeks ago I wrote how denying job cards seems to be one of the ways used to deny employment guarantee under NREGA. Legally, a job card has to be issued to anyone who applies for it within 15 daysRead More..


NREGA: Denying Job Cards to Deny Jobs

By Avinash Kishore, on May 7th, 2012

In the last post, we saw how more than half of all rural households (55%) who wanted to work under NREGA, did not get even a days work in year 2009-10. All these households are entitled to unemployment allowance underRead More..



Having a son promotes clean cooking fuel use in urban India

By Avinash Kishore, on May 6th, 2014

Abstract: Despite profoundly negative health consequences of indoor air pollution, most rural Indian households cook using traditional biomass fuel, rather than cleaner cooking fuel. Although many factors contribute to households’ continued use of solid fuels, this paper focuses on one: women’s intra-household status. WeRead More..

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