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Mini K
District Manager (VFPCK) and Research Scholar with IIT Delhi.. , Government Agency for Rural Development, Research Institute, Policy Reserch
New Delhi, Delhi
A practitioner turned researcher, I did my Ph.D. in Policy studies/ Social Anthropology (IITD), Masters in Environmental Sciences (TNAU) and Graduation in Agriculture (KAU). Apart from Teaching Assistantship with IITD for 5 years, I worked in rural development sector for 12 years with VFPCK, and its predecessor (KHDP), EU-GoI funded programme.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural, Urban
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Government/Governance, Reforms, Corruption
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research
Professional Experience:
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
Teaching Assistant (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS), IITD, as part of Ph.D. Programme): From 02-01-2012 to 31-12-2016.
Worked with the research supervisor to develop course contents, prepare reading materials, design tutorials and course evaluation methods, coordinate exams and assist in evaluating eight courses on development and policy studies for UG students at IIT Delhi, giving an understanding of various development policies and programmes in the world, and in India, in particular.
Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam (VFPCK)
District Manager, Deputy Manager (Training, Production and Technology, Marketing) & Associate Editor (Krishiyankanam): From 01-04-2001 till date (on study leave now)
District Manager
Headed the district team to fulfil the mission and vision of the council by coordinating the district level activities from seed to market in fruits and vegetable sector. Co-ordination of farmer’s markets of the district and the activities of the attached Self-Help Groups. Networking and collaboration with stakeholders including State Government bodies, NGOs, LSGDs etc.
Associate Editor for “Krishiyankanam” (Agricultural journal published by VFPCK)
Transformed the Quarterly Newsletter of the council to a Bi-monthly Agricultural Journal, coordinated publication works such as brochures, leaflets etc. Associated in the preparation of the logo of the organization, Delivered radio talks and prepared scripts for documentaries. Won a state level script writing competition from Farm Information Bureau.
Deputy Manager and Technical Assistant to CEO
Worked with the Chief Executive Officer in planning, implementing and monitoring the programmes of the council in liaison with the office of the Agricultural Minister. Coordinated the conduct of the director board meetings including preparation of agenda notes and minutes.
Deputy Manager (Marketing)
Associated in development of the concept and activities of the consortium of district level farmers’ markets) and coordinated its activities.
Deputy Manager (Production &Technology)
Coordinated the state level Production &Technology activities for two years. Coordinated the state level conduct of PTD (Participatory Technology Development) trials, demonstrations etc.
Deputy Manager (PARG Training)
Organized and coordinated trainings and exposure visits for the project staff, farmers and other stakeholders on various topics. Organized exhibitions, seminars, agro clinics etc. Coordinated Induction and Orientation programmes for new recruits and Institutional Development and Organizational Strengthening workshop (IDOS). Conceptualized, planned and developed programmes and policies for capacity development with periodical review and monitoring. Facilitated the preparation of farmers’ market based micro-plans using PRA tools.
Kerala Horticulture Development Programme (KHDP)
Technical Officer (Training): From 21-04-1999 t
Ph.D. (Policy Studies/ Social Anthropology): In 2019 with a CGPA of 9.53/10.
Thesis submitted on ‘Aid and Beyond: Farmers, Facilitators and the Politics of participation in the State of Kerala.’
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
M.Sc. (Environmental Sciences) In 1998 with an OGPA of 9.51/10
(Specialization in Solid Waste Management of Paper Factory for Agriculture)
Agricultural College and Research Institute, Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
B.Sc. (Agriculture): In 1995 with an OGPA of 8.9/10)
College of Horticulture, Vellanikkara, Thrissur
Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), Thrissur, Kerala.
National Eligibility Test (NET) in Environmental Sciences : Qualified in 1998
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Delhi
Diploma in Visual Information Technology (DVIT) (Distinction - 80 %), Bureau of Data Processing Systems Ltd, Coimbatore
Diploma in Theme Centered Interaction, Department of Adult Education, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam
Affiliations and Achievements:
Done a specialized Course on Sustainable Development co-organized by IIT Delhi and School of Sustainability, Arizona State University at IIT Delhi. Research Methodology course on “Doing Ethnography” organized by Anthropos India Foundation at JNU and another Course on Research Methodologies in Social Sciences organized by Centre for Social Development. Did a Certificate Course on Foreign Languages (French- Basic Level) offered by IIT Delhi, 2016. Participated in International training programme on Theme Centered Interaction organized by Ruth Cohn Institute for TCI, Germany, ISO auditors’ training organized by INSIGHT, Cochin. Also did q PRA training organized by OUTREACH Bangalore, Farm Feature WS on Video Production organized by Farm Information Bureau (FIB), Kerala, and training on Value addition of fruits and vegetables held at CFTRI, Mysore, 2007.
Published research article, wrote popular articles and gave radio talks and attended various seminars and conferences in related fields.

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    Years of Experience:
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    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, French (Basic Level)
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