Shaping the Future of India’s Food Water Energy Livelihood Nexus

Name of the Speaker: Dr. Naresh Devineni

Title of the Seminar: Shaping the Future of India’s Food Water Energy Livelihood Nexus

Date and Time: 28 October 2022 (Friday), 9:00am

Online Platform: MS Teams (link to the video of the seminar)

About the Speaker: Naresh Devineni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at The City University of New York’s City College. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. He did his post-doctoral studies at Columbia University. He also worked as a Consultant for the World Bank for a brief period in 2009. He is a past recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Award. He has diverse interests in hydro-climate modeling and extremes analysis, statistical methods, water sustainability and risk assessment, and water systems analysis. His recent work focuses on agricultural systems sustainability in a changing climate, applied to the United States and the Indian subcontinent. More information about his research and professional activities can be found at

Abstract:  This study provides a formal analysis of the design of an Indian food procurement system that considers climate-driven variations in renewable water supply, needs for groundwater pumping, varying regional productivity of crops, and farm-level economics, assuming that the food security goals are to be met while keeping current procurement prices fixed for each crop and maximizing net aggregate farm income from the procurement system. A systems approach is taken to integrate data from disparate sources and predict water stress and sustainable agricultural enhancement regions. A by-product of the analysis is a reduction in the aggregate use of non-renewable water and the consequent decrease in irrigation water requirements and hence water and energy stress. Thus, the “climate-food-water-energy-livelihood” nexus of issues is addressed conjunctively by leveraging data analytics and systems approaches.

The talk will be based on our recent paper in Nature Communications on solving groundwater depletion in India while achieving food security

Date(s) - 28/10/2022
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research (ICWaR) - IISc Bangalore