As a large agrarian country and one of the production powerhouses of the world, India is faced with an immediate challenge – sustainability.

Today, agriculture in India is affected by various challenges – soil health is degrading, water publications are depleting and becoming increasingly contaminated by overuse of agrochemicals, and farmer livelihoods are severely and adversely impacted by climate change resulting in diminishing returns. On the manufacturing side, gender inequality, child labor and poor working conditions continue to be some of the major challenges that the country is facing.

Specific sustainability issues in these sectors require a strategic and inclusive approach from front-runner players in the sector, including advocacy and dialogue with government, input and technology suppliers and local supply chain players supported by international market actors. Businesses today recognize the impact that sustainable sourcing can have on their bottom lines. Transparency, traceability and ethical practices are becoming integral to business processes and IDH is engaging with different actors to design fit-for-purpose solutions to address sustainability challenges across commodities globally.

Please see our brochure which captures the initiatives IDH has convened in India and gives you an insight into how we work and some of our achievements.

IDH Programs in India

In India, IDH is working in 4 commodity sector programs - Cotton, Tea, Spices and Table Grapes, which have following cross-cutting themes aligned to one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They streamline the learning among our partners and create big change in the areas that need it most, sector governance, business practices and field level sustainability. Our Cotton, Fresh & Ingredients (Fruit & Vegetables, Spices) and Tea programs focus on responsible agrochemical use, smallholder inclusion, livelihoods, optimizing water use and social impact. Together with our partners, we work in 12 states on approximately 40 projects in India.

As a part of its ongoing engagement, IDH in India will continue to work towards creating an impact and bring in sustainable transformations across supply chains through program management, advisory services and investment services in agriculture, manufacturing and landscape programs.


Agriculture will continue to be the backbone of Indian economy, and hence a key area of intervention for IDH in India. IDH works in agricultural value chains across commodities with a focus on smallholder inclusion, innovative governance, gender empowerment and disruptive technology to drive sustainability in the sector.



IDH in India is working in the apparel sector in the country promoting  safe working environment for the workers in the sector. Using this as foundation, IDH will work with local factories and supply chain actors to promote sustainable manufacturing in India by working towards better working conditions, living wages and innovative finance.



Leveraging IDH global experience and positioning as a convener in landscapes, IDH in India looks to implement landscape approaches in India, with a focus on water quality and quantity, restoration of soil health and establishing verified sourcing areas.

Aligning with IDH global impact themes

  • Smallholder Inclusion

    Smallholder inclusion is a critical focus area for IDH in India as smallholder farmers account for over 50% of livelihood today and 18% of the GDP.

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  • Mitigation of Deforestration

    We are working towards restoration of the quality of soil to allow the farmers to get more productive use from the land and have a positive impact on their livelihood.

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  • Living Wage and Working Conditions

    We support improved wages for the farmers through farm-level interventions.

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  • Responsible Agrochemical Management

    Responsible agrochemical management will continue to be a key intervention in our agri interventions in India.

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  • Gender Equality and Empowerment

    As gender inequality remains a significant challenge in India, we work towards gender empowerment through combination of our programs.

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  • Seeds of Prosperity Programme

    GAIN, Unilever, and IDH aim to improve the nutrition and health of tea farmers, workers and their families in the supply chains through the Seeds of Prosperity programme.

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    Seeds of Prosperity Programme
  • trustea

    A locally developed initiative to transform the domestic Indian tea industry; stimulating continuous improvement, and impacting the livelihoods of smallholders and workers.

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  • UNICEF Partnership in Assam

    A ground breaking collaboration to help protect and change the lives of children and young people living in tea communities in Assam

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    UNICEF Partnership in Assam
  • Growth & Innovation Fund

    A global project portfolio managed with with businesses, civil society and governments

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    Growth & Innovation Fund
  • Sustainable Spices Initiative

    The Sustainable Spices Initiative pushes for interventions that create more farm level impact and cater to specific issues and geographies.

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    Sustainable Spices Initiative
  • Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables

    SIFAV aims to make imports of fruits and vegetables 100% sustainable in 2020.

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    Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables

The team in India

  • Pramit Chanda

    Country Director, India; Program Director, Cotton & Apparel

    +91 (0) 124 404 9290

  • Jasmer Dhingra

    Program Officer, Cotton and Tea

    +91 (0) 124 403 3368

  • Edel Monteiro

    Program Officer Cotton Water Platform

    +91 (0) 996 794 4298

  • Shalini Raghav

    Program Officer Cotton

  • Bhavit Pant

    Program Officer Spices

  • Angad Khanna

    Program Support Officer

    +91 8076300538

  • Mrinalini Prasad

    Communication officer

  • Vishal Gupta

    Assistant Manager Accounts

    +91 (0) 801 016 3368

  • Rohinton Kurus Babaycon

    Local Tea Coordinator

  • Sarobindo Malhotra

    Country Manager LABS India

  • Karanpreet Singh Bedi

    Team Leader LABS

  • Abhishek Singh

    Factory Coordinator LABS

  • Proggnya Roy

    Assistant Program Officer - LABS

Office details

2nd Floor Vatika Triangle, Sushant Lok-Phase 1, M.G. Road
122002 Gurgaon, India
+ 91 (0) 124 4049290


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