Maharashtra—India’s wealthiest state—faced a crippling drought in 2016 and continues to grapple with extreme weather conditions. In June 2017, 20 Georgetown students travelled to Maharashtra’s major cities Mumbai and Pune to study the effects of drought in the region.

Participating students were members of the India Innovation Studio: Designing for Droughts course. During the 2016-17 academic year, students in the class examined the political, social, and hydrological dimensions of drought in India.


Maintenance for Micro-Irrigation

An indirect lending scheme that aims to lower risk and interest rates for farmers, increase crop yield and water savings, and better ensure loan repayment for banks and input providers.

Team members: Anya Bharadwaj, Bhavya Jha, Morgan Kennedy, Jaclyn Lee, Tithi Patel

Climate-Tied Securitization of Farm Loans

A structured and data-driven approach to provide farm loans relief and financing through securitization to lower interest rates and offer insurance.

Team members: Katie Harper, Campbell James, Nivu Jejurikar, Mia Vanderwilt, Navneet Vishwanathan



Cooperative Greenhouses

Collectively-owned greenhouses offer farmers a chance to grow higher value crops in a controlled environment. A portion of the revenue generated in these greenhouses is  collected into an insurance pool to be paid back to farmers during drought years.

Team members: Jade Beguelin, Patrick Drown, Kelsey Harrison, Madison Pravecek, Signe Stroming


Open Data for Agriculture

A publicly-available macro-level water data framework to ensure consistency and redundancy-avoidance, of three components.

Team members: Abraham Fraifeld, Joy Jackson, Naomi Kasbekar, Nicholas Na, Harshini Pyata