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Uma Lele
Independent Economist
Uma Lele is former senior advisor at the World Bank, now an independent scholar and 9th winner of the M.S. Swaminathan Award for leadership in agricultural development. She has a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and four decades of experience in research, operations, policy analysis, and evaluation at the World Bank, universities and international organisations. Among her notable works are Food Grain Marketing in India: Private Performance and Public Policy (1973), The Design of Rural Development: Lessons from Africa (1976), Managing Agricultural Development in Africa (1991), Transitions in Development: From Aid to Capital Flows (1991), Intellectual Property Rights in Agriculture: The World Bank's Role in Assisting Borrower and Member Countries (1999), and Managing a Global Resource: Challenges of Forest Conservation and Development (2002).

Articles By Uma Lele
How new technologies can raise farm productivity
Posted On: 06 Dec 2017

Lele and Goswami discuss the potential of new technologies in raising farm productivity, and the challenges involved in turning the power of information and other technologies into a farmer-friendly technological revolution.
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The nutrition puzzles: Need for more holistic solutions
Posted On: 28 Apr 2014

Topics:   Health , Agriculture

In this column, the author critiques the approach of only focusing on nutrition and health sector-related solutions for achieving food security. She calls for more holistic approaches that take into account the various contextual factors that influence food and nutrition outcomes for the majority of the undernourished, such as food production and systems, agricultural policies, food and beverage industry, sanitation, and the extent of social inclusion in government programmes and in the society at large.
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