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Purvi Mehta-Bhatt

Title Senior Adviser and Head of agriculture
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Purvi Mehta-Bhatt, is Senior Advisor and Head of agriculture for South Asia t the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, India.

Trained as an agriculture biotechnologist, she has over 18 years of experience working on developmental projects spanning, working with farmers organizations to high-level policy impact and technology transfers across Asia and Africa. She has proven track record, expertise and interest in bringing synergies among the sub-sectors of agriculture (crop and livestock) and across sectors (agriculture, health, nutrition and overall rural development). Before joining the foundation, she worked with the CGIAR.

She is on board of several organizations, including IAEH (International Association for Ecology and Health), ICRA (International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture), Wageningen etc.

Posts By Purvi Mehta-Bhatt

Agriculture investment: Time to cultivate a visible hand

The increase in minimum support prices (MSPs), which promises up to 97% increase in return on costs, can become the trigger for stimulating much-needed investment in agriculture by the Indian farmer. But it needs to be backed by the other factors that go towards making farming profitable.

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Instilling a Strong Agri Culture

In every Union Budget presentation, agriculture is given a place of prominence. This is not surprising, given that 50% of India's population is dependent on agriculture. Budget 2017 was no different. Both the Economic Survey and the Budget speech stressed heavily on improving agricultural infrastructure and augmenting farmer incomes.

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