The economy of the Southern state of Tamil Nadu still relies strongly on smallholder agriculture. Productivity is hindered by growing water scarcity and poor soils, especially in the Western drylands. New drought-tolerant groundnut cultivars, community watershed management and crop farming system modelling are some examples of our research for impact in Tamil Nadu.
70% - Share of Tamil Nadu's population engaged in agriculture
6.3 million ha - Extent of cropped land in Tamil Nadu (48% of the territory)
750 m3 - Per capita water availability in Tamil Nadu (all-India average: 2,200 m3)
12.8% - Share of Tamil Nadu’s groundnut production in India
2,154 kg/ha - Average groundnut yield in Tamil Nadu (1st among Indian states)