Faculty & Research

Vidya Vemireddy


Primary Area : Centre for Management in Agriculture


Email : vidyav@iima.ac.in

Phone : +91-79-7152 4953

Secretary : Vanitha Mudaliar

Phone : +91-79-7152 7912

Website : Personal Website


PhD, Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 2014-2019

M.A. , Economics, Boston University, 2012-2013

B.A.(Hons.) , Economics, Lady Shri Ram College for Women (University of Delhi), 2009-2012


Courses for MBA students

1. Agricultural Finance:

This course is a compulsory course offered to the final year MBA graduates in IIMA’s flagship Food and Agribusiness Management Program. This course seeks to develop an understanding of the agricultural finance environment, the major institutions involved, and the strategic financing issues. Besides introducing the agricultural finance environment, students get exposed to various new innovations in financial instruments and agribusiness valuation. Topics of risk management are also included within this course specifically designed for the agricultural context in India.

2. Food Systems Approach to Indian Agribusinesses:

This course is an elective offered to final year MBA graduates at IIMA. Given the issues related to malnutrition that plague India, connecting agriculture and nutrition is critical. This course introduces students to this framework and presents various existing and potential agribusiness opportunities. This course intends to develop systems thinking among students of agribusiness.

Courses for PhD students

1. Applied Microeconomics for Food and Agribusiness:

The course focuses on advanced microeconomic theory and applications within the domain of food and agriculture. It aims to develop the understanding of the core concepts in consumer and producer theory and applications. Topics such as estimating demand and production function, welfare analysis, interdisciplinary applications etc. are discussed through a mix of lectures, empirical exercises and presentations. Students are exposed to current topics in the literature and equipped with tools to analyse (experimental, quasi-experimental, panel data methods etc.) complex empirical problems across different contexts. This course is an advanced level course and designed for students from second year onward with a background in microeconomics and econometrics.

2. Agricultural Management

The objective of this course is to introduce advanced concepts of consumer behavior, demand, supply, economic systems, water and input management, agricultural marketing, risk analysis, development and institutional economics.

Research Area

Agriculture and Food Policy, Nutrition, Gender

Agricultural Economics, Gender, Food and Nutrition Policy

Applied Microeconomics, International Development

Fieldwork Methods

Professional Experience

American Economic Association (Member)

American Agricultural Economic Association (Member)

Funded Research Projects

Facilitating Access to Financial Services: Understanding Barriers to Mobile Phone Usage among Rural Women

Mechanization and labour saving technologies for women in agriculture

Selected Publications

Gupta, S., Vemireddy, V., Singh, D. K., & Pingali, P. (2021). Ground truthing the cost of achieving the EAT lancet recommended diets: Evidence from rural India. Global Food Security, 28, 100498.

Vemireddy, V., & Pingali, P. L. (2021). Seasonal time trade-offs and nutrition outcomes for women in agriculture: Evidence from rural India. Food Policy, 102074

Vemireddy, Vidya, and Anjali Choudhary. "A systematic review of labor-saving technologies: Implications for women in agriculture." Global Food Security, 29 (2021): 100541.

Irani, L., & Vemireddy, V. (2020). Getting the measurement right! quantifying time poverty and multitasking from childcare among mothers with children across different age groups in rural north India. Asian Population Studies, 1-23

Gupta, S., Vemireddy, V., & Pingali, P. L. (2019). Nutritional outcomes of empowerment and market integration for women in rural India. Food Security, 11(6), 1243-1256.

Gupta, S., Vemireddy, V., Singh, D., & Pingali, P. (2019). Adapting the Women's empowerment in agriculture index to specific country context: Insights and critiques from fieldwork in India. Global Food Security, 23, 245-255.

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Working Papers & Projects

Recipe based conceptualization for diets in India- Measurement and trends (draft available on request)

Getting the measurement right! Quantifying time poverty and multitasking from childcare among mothers with children across different age groups (With Laili Irani) (Submitted)

Gendered analysis of time allocation, work effort and nutritional outcomes – evidence across seasons from rural India. (draft available on request)

Does an increase in women’s empowerment in agriculture lead to better nutritional outcomes? (Soumya Gupta and Prabhu L. Pingali) (draft available on request)

Is There a Trade-Off between Women’s Time in Peak Season Agricultural Activities and Nutrition? Evidence from Rural India (submitted)

Risk estimates through time use data: an analysis using panel data

Labor-saving technologies for women in agriculture: a review

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Awards & Honors

2014-2019 - Tata Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition.

2016-2018 - PhD dissertation field research, Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, Cornell University.

2016 - Next generation delegate, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.