Additional partners: Sathguru Management Consultants, Hyderabad; Maharasthra Hybrid Seed Company, Ltd, Jalna; University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwar; Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, A.P.; International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Pattancheru; Indian Council for Agricultural Research, Delhi.

This partnership implemented an innovative program on experiential learning in globalization and agriculture, encouraging public-private sector linkages to boost Indian agricultural productivity, exports, and rural incomes. Jointly-created curricula addressed relevant agricultural development issues and generated a cadre of skilled, globally aware graduates.

The partners introduced an International Agriculture and Rural Development (INTAG) course, “Agriculture in Developing Nations: India,” taught for academic credit both in India and the United States for 75 Indian and 90 U.S. students. The course illustrates for Indian and U.S. students and policymakers the changes necessary in agricultural policy and technology to improve productivity and promote competitiveness and integration in a global economy.

The partners also implemented an executive agribusiness management program for 75 policymakers from both the public and private sectors focusing on technology transfer opportunities and issues in agriculture and food product commercialization, food retailing and supply chain management, and international food marketing standards and World Trade Organization regulations.

Among the programs successes, 16 U.S. universities and 16 Indian universities came together for the Agriculture Knowledge Initiative (AKI) in 2007 and created the dual-degree program—the first in the world—enabling Indian students to get American degrees without the full cost involved. The initiative convinced Cornell that they could give credit without compromising degree quality—and the program now continues on its own.

In support of this initiative, a private sector company, Sathguru, provided financial resources to support 21 Indian students, and three faculty to complete the INTAG course at Cornell, while the Tata Trust provided $600,000 for three additional years of funding.

At a Glance

Partner Institutions:

Cornell University; Tamil Nadu Agricultural University


South Asia


Apr 2004–Jun 2006

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