We have one completed project, one is in process and further calls for applications will be advertised here.

‘Traditional and local knowledge surrounding the role of legumes in soil fertility in India’

Baish gara group edited


A study to collate local knowledge and explore the potential for increased legume production by small-holder farmers the State of Tripura, North East India. This project’s overall challenge is to determine how can sustainable nutrition be delivered by an engaged community, resulting in improved health outcomes in a way that also delivers benefits to the environment, such as improved biodiversity, pollination and natural pest regulation.

The OICSD contributed £2,000 of funding, which leveraged a further $97,000, and paper is expected to be published in 2018.

For more information see OICSD ‘Legumes and soil fertility’


Can bees improve cotton yields?

July 2017 onwards

Ecological research in Madhya Pradesh to test if improved pollination increases cotton yields and farmer economic returns.

While cotton is self-pollinating, yields typically increase with insect pollination. Consequently when pollinator populations are insufficient, there is likely to be a ‘pollination yield gap’ Recent work has suggested that yields  could be increased by approximately 27% with optimum pollinator populations, while evidence from other crops suggests that pollination can have positive effects on crop quality. Similar work has yet to be carried out in India, and this project could open up substantial industry funded research to improve yields, improve biodiversity and improve the economic return to some of India’s poorest farmers.

The OICSD has contributed £1012 to this project.

For more information see OICSD ‘Can bees improve cotton’