Transforming India's Agricultural Sector using Ontology-based Tantra Framework

by   Shreekanth M. Prabhu, et al.

Food production is a critical activity in which every nation would like to be self-sufficient. India is one of the largest producers of food grains in the world. In India, nearly 70 percent of rural households still depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Keeping farmers happy is particularly important in India as farmers form a large vote bank which politicians dare not disappoint. At the same time, Governments need to balance the interest of farmers with consumers, intermediaries and society at large. The whole agriculture sector is highly information-intensive. Even with enormous collection of data and statistics from different arms of Government, there continue to be information gaps. In this paper we look at how Tantra Social Information Management Framework can help analyze the agricultural sector and transform the same using a holistic approach. Advantage of Tantra Framework approach is that it looks at societal information as a whole without limiting it to only the sector at hand. Tantra Framework makes use of concepts from Zachman Framework to manage aspects of social information through different perspectives and concepts from Unified Foundational Ontology (UFO) to represent interrelationships between aspects. Further, Tantra Framework interoperates with models such as Balanced Scorecard, Theory of Change and Theory of Separations. Finally, we model Indian Agricultural Sector as a business ecosystem and look at approaches to steer transformation from within.


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