About

I am Aditi Mukherji, a water professional from India. I work with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development where I lead a theme on Water and Air. Before this, I worked at the International Water Management Institute, where I did research on institutions and policies of agricultural water management. My work takes to me different countries where I do field work, meet farmers, researchers and policy makers. These interactions almost always yield interesting insights. One of the reasons for setting up this blog is to share  these insights with others. But even more importantly, I hope that blogging will help me organize my thoughts better and in the process instill a discipline of writing and writing regularly on issues that excite and inspire me. After all, in our field of research, we either publish or perish!

A caveat is in place here. Though much of what I write in this blog is drawn from the work I did at IWMI, and future blogs may be drawn from my work at ICIMOD, views expressed are entirely my own and not of the organisations where I work. Also, while some of the posts will have further supporting evidence in the form of published papers, most others are really work in progress and blog posts are just my musings to myself.

11 Responses to “About”

  1. Funke July 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Very good initiative Aditi. Keep it up

  2. gurprataap December 17, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    Maam
    Feel really great to have found you…coud’nt find you on fb
    I have an idea of mine called a water soul…want to make it a reality…it would end the water scarcity all over the world
    Please please relly then we can talk…
    Feel really proud u won the first to win the award (borlaug smthng :p)

  3. Liz Peyton AIF Fellow January 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Dear Madam,

    I’d love to get your thoughts on solar water pumps for agriculture — I’m working on a project with a social enterprise based in Kolkata (www.onergy.in) for solar water pumping solutions for small farmers. We’re trying to figure out the economics, but it seems like the need is definitely there. Would love to hear any insights given your experience in the field. Congratulations on the work you’ve done!

    • aditimukherji January 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

      Dear Liz,
      A few of my colleagues are working on solar pumps in Bihar and in Rajasthan. If you send me an email (a.mukherji@cgiar.org), I will be able to give you further details. And i agree with you that there is a lot of potential for any kind of pumping equipment that has low running cost. West Bengal seems to be serious about providing electricity to farmers, so that should help. While cost of solar panels is falling fast, I am not yet entirely sure if they are affordable to a small and marginal farmers. Perhaps we need to look for alternative business models such as community ownership — but history of community ownership of tubewells in eastern India has been fraught with failures. Do drop an email and I will like to know about your work and share our experiences with you.
      Best regards
      Aditi

  4. Liz Peyton AIF Fellow April 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Dear Aditi,

    Please accept my apology for my long delay in response. I am so sorry your email address fell off my radar. That being said, I just tried to send you an email and it bounced back. Would you mind sending me an email at elizabeth@switchon.org.in and I’ll respond from there?

    I’m so sorry again — I’m really looking forward to speaking with you and thank you so much for taking the time!

    All the Best,
    Liz

  5. Amit Magnani April 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Hello Dr. Mukherji,

    I tried to send you an email and it bounced. Fortunately I happened to visit your blog and see that you are interested in Solar pumping as a solution for agriculture. Please reply with your email address so that I can get in touch with you and take this discussion further.

    Regards,

    Amit Magnani

  6. Arijit Mitra November 19, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    This is Arijit Mitra from Kolkata, India. Have sent you an email. Waiting for you to get back.

  7. Julie Mundy April 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    This is just wonderful Aditji – It was great to meet you in person this week and I am looking forward to reading your blogs on a subject which is so critical and about which you speak with such passion. Warm wishes, Julie M

    • aditimukherji April 30, 2014 at 6:59 am #

      Thank you Julie. It was a pleasure meeting you and I found the training very useful. Apologies that I could not stay for the whole time. Hope our paths will cross again soon…

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