RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABLE RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Ethical Research is the primary activity of TGG Foundation and it is guided by the ethos of TGG.

RESEARCH , INNOVATION & FELLOWSHIP

TGG supports research in the field of sustainable development to enable students and researchers to ‘think outside the box’ to  create a positive impact.

TGG is also creating  a Research Center to enable students and researchers to develop their own projects on site.

Our vision  is to expand  this project globally through social partnership.

ENERGY EFFICIENT TINY HOMES

WAYANAD, KERALA, INDIA

TGG Foundation has restored a 30 year old mud house using freshly made mudbricks and mud plaster with other modern fittings to create awareness among people on how cost effective, sustainable and simple a house can be. Only the bathroom area has been built using light weighted bricks. The Foundation offers minimalist living experience to responsible humans at this Earth Home which is located at the RHM Center. Taking the inspiration from this creation, the foundation is conducting an advance research to create an energy efficient, air ventilated, well equipped, Low cost, all weather tiny home with a minimum life span of 30 year.


RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

WAYANAD, KERALA, INDIA

TGG Foundation has focused on building a model initiative since to train youths on Responsible Tourism and its role in developing a responsible society that cares for the environment, respects culture, contributes to sustainable development, and empowers rural communities since 2014. Ms. Allison Platt, in conjunction with TGG Foundation and Tufts University, United States, undertook a need-based assessment research in 2016. TGG Farm was created for practical experience and currently provides sustainable living practice and experience.


RESEARCH ON TEA

WAYANAD, KERALA, INDIA

TGG Foundation has been engaged in the maintenance of Tea garden since 2014. It has gone through the organic certification process and have developed ethical standards on maintenance and processing. Tea production is one of the most labour intensive plantation activity due to its daily plucking of tea leaves. Small farmers, having a tea garden suffer due to high labour cost and low price for fresh tea leaves due to their dependency on traders who are the middleman between farmers and the factory. Since there is no minimum support price fixed for tea leaves, farmers are often paid an annual average rate of Rs.12 to 14 per kg. Where in the cost of managing and harvesting the garden can go upto Rs.18-20 per kg. This has resulted in farmers changing the cultivation from tea to coffee or other perennial crops which doesn’t require daily workforce to maintain. At this situation, maintaining the garden organically is next to impossible and it can be done only by those who have the conviction. This has been the inspiration for TGG Foundation to start a research on how to process tea using traditional knowledge and innovative ideas that can benefit small farmers. Presently the foundation produces hand crafted white tea, green tea and orthodox tea using in house techniques . In the financial year 2022-23 the foundation will be researching on improving drying method for better shelf life, produce black tea using indigenous method using cut, tear and curl (CTC) process without using heavy machines, developing value added products from tea.


TOOLS & EQUIPMENTS

WAYANAD, KERALA, INDIA

In order to develop various projects of TGG Foundation there is a need to research and innovate. Using the available resources and infrastructure the Foundation has designed and developed a low cost technique to make hand crafted green and white tea. This year the Foundation will focus on developing creative center for people with design thinking skills where more equipment for tea processing, tools to ease various agriculture activities, simple mechanisms to process black tea and a miniature model of the low cost tiny home will be developed. The innovation center will also focus on developing cost effective hand operated labeling tools, packing boxes, printing blocks, etc. that can help small farmers to process their produces and sell directly to the consumers to make their agriculture activities sustainable.

Steam Pan

Tea leaf drying system

Essential oil Extractor


SMOKELESS & ENERGY EFFICIENT FIREWOOD COOKING SOLUTIONS

WAYANAD, KERALA, INDIA

In our continuous pursuit of innovation, we’ve dedicated ourselves to creating environmentally friendly, Smokeless & Energy-Efficient Firewood Cooking Solutions. Leveraging existing knowledge, it minimises smoke emissions, fostering a healthier environment and diminishing your carbon footprint. Our design ensures an almost smoke-free indoor cooking experience, and fuel-efficient outdoor cooking solution ensuring a safe and clean cooking environment. Benefit from lower energy bills through its inventive heat transfer design, providing quicker cooking and reduced fuel usage. It is essential to reduce the use of fossil fuels as much as we can while embrace sustainable living to enjoy the pleasures of traditional cooking using renewable materials.

Indoor Smokeless firewood choola

Outdoor Smokeless firewood choola


PRECISION AGRICULTURE AND AQUAPONICS

WAYANAD, KERALA, INDIA

In an era where soil degradation threatens our agricultural future, it’s imperative to shift paradigms. Excessive chemical fertilizers have eroded soil health, necessitating a holistic approach to farming. Embracing sustainable practices is essential. We advocate for a global movement, inviting diverse voices to innovate and cultivate regenerative solutions. From urban gardens to rural landscapes, every individual can contribute. Let’s foster a community where agriculture harmonizes with nature, restoring vitality to our earth. Together, we sow the seeds of change, nurturing a future where nourishing the land sustains generations to come.

Vertical farming

Aquaponics

RUPAK DAYAL FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH & INNOVATION

The Rupak Dayal Fellowship is designed to recognise and support dedicated young individuals who possess the essential qualifications and a strong commitment to pursue 30 days focused research in the realm of Sustainable Development. This fellowship is open to applicants holding a Master’s degree or engaged in research as Research Scholars in the fields of Sustainable Architecture, Energy Conservation, Water Conservation, Food Processing and Value Addition, Tools and equipment designing to support agriculture activities, Combustion & air filtration for firewood cooking, Sustainable Tourism, etc.  Read more……