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Available in English, Hindi
Owner National Agricultural Innovation Project
Launched January 12, 2009

Agropedia is an online knowledge repository for information related to agriculture in India. It includes universal meta models and localized content for a variety of users with appropriate interfaces built in collaborative mode in multiple languages.[clarification needed] This national portal, designed as an "agricultural Wikipedia" hosts wide range of agricultural information on a variety of crops, with an aim to empower farmers with crop information.

Backed by Government of India and sponsored by the World Bank through the National Agricultural Innovation Project of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the open access online resource project was launched on 12 January 2009. Eventually it aims to use weekly alerts from scientists on different crops, to send text messages to farmers across India.[1][2][3][4]


Originally titled "Agropedia Indica", the development of the project was undertaken by team involving various premier institution of India, and spearheaded by Professor Jayantha Chatterjee, of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur).[5] It was initially envisioned by T. V. Prabhakar also of IIT Kanpur, over three years before, who remained its lead architect.[6][7]

The project is nurtured under the aegis of the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) to accelerate technology-led pro-poor growth and diffusion of new technologies for improving agricultural yield and rural livelihood in India. It is a collaborative project of seven consortium partners' viz. ICRISAT- Hyderabad, NAARM- Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, GBPUAT- Pantnagar, UAS- Raichur and IIITM-Kerala. ICRISAT is the Consortium coordinator which works as a channel for communication and overall facilitation. IITK develops the software architecture and deploys it complete with user interface. Content will be provided by the implementing partners, GBPUAT, UAS-Raichur and ICRISAT. IITB and IIITM-Kerala have assured to provide some content through certain web services. The resources of NAARM could be used to introduce and popularize the agropedia.[8]


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Resource Institutions
Agricultural Information and Learning Resources
Interface Partner


  1. ^ Pantnagar Univ, IIT’s ICT project for farmers Indian Express, Jun 05, 2009.
  2. ^ India debuts 'agricultural Wikipedia' Science and Development Network.
  3. ^ India launches Agropedia iBoP Asia. January 21, 2009.
  4. ^ India Debuts "Agricultural Wikipedia"[permanent dead link] UN Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Secondary Crops' Development in Asia and the Pacific, UNESCAP.
  5. ^ Agropedia: Using Social Media to improve Indian Farming Content Nation: Surviving and Thriving as Social Media Technology Changes Our Lives and Our Future, by John Blossom. Published by John Wiley and Sons, 2009. ISBN 0-470-37921-9. Page 67.
  6. ^ India's new wiki-based repository for agricultural research Earlham College website.
  7. ^ Workshop on Knowledge Models for Agropedia Indica – Rice Archived October 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Feb 14-16, 2008.
  8. ^ Agropedia[permanent dead link] Down To Earth.
  9. ^ About us Archived October 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ICRISAT website.

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