21 and 22-April-2022


Opportunities and Challenges for a Green Economic Recovery in Odisha: Exploring the Role of a Collaborative Stakeholder Platform

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on economies worldwide have highlighted the importance of bringing a paradigm shift in enabling an economic recovery, beyond conventional models of growth. Against this backdrop, LEAD at Krea University organised a two-day closed-door workshop to inform green recovery efforts in Odisha. The workshop convened key stakeholders and sought inputs for informing state-level strategies, and tried to map private and social returns of transitioning to a ‘green recovery model’.

The discussion featured different stakeholders namely: individual farmers, entrepreneurs associated with MSMEs, researchers/academics, policymakers, civil society representatives working on relevant issues, representatives of financial institutions, representatives of different collectives (producers, workers and consumers) working on promoting agriculture and MSMEs in Odisha. These included:

  • Dr. Arun Kumar Sahoo, Honourable Minister, Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development, Higher Education, Government of Odisha
  • Sharon Buteau, Executive Director, LEAD at Krea University
  • Pradip Purohit, Ex MLA, State President Kisan Morcha BJP
  • Natabar Sarangi, Scholar and Organic Farmer
  • Dr. Kalyan Goswami, Director General, Agro Chem Federation of India
  • Dr. Debdulal Thakur, Sr. Research Fellow, LEAD at Krea University
  • Tejeswar Parida, Former Chairman, Odisha Khadi & Village Industries Board, Government of Odisha, Founder cum Chairman, Centre for Policy, Governance & Advocacy (CPGA)
  • Suresh Panigrahi, State Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha
  • Dr. Siba Shankar Mohanty, Associate Professor, Utkal University
  • Akshay Mahadevan, Senior Research Associate, LEAD at Krea University
  • Debasis Panda, Research Associate, LEAD at Krea University


Press Article: Farmers, Policymakers and Academics Discuss Green Recovery Strategies for Promoting Odisha’s Economy at Workshop

Press Article: Minister Dr Arun Kumar Sahoo Addressed Farmer -Academician Platform

Presentation: Workshop Deck

Background Note: Envisioning a Stakeholder Platform for Green Recovery