Madhushree Rao

Research Assistant – Sustainable Fisheries



BA in History, Economics and Sociology, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore (2014).

MA in Development, Azim Premji University, Bangalore (2017).



I graduated with a master’s in Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore in 2017 where I developed an interest for agrarian studies and decided to pursue it. Much of my work following my master’s involved interacting with vulnerable communities such as tribal farmers and SHG women in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh and women in sex work across Karnataka. Prior to joining Dakshin, I assisted two professors at Azim Premji University, Bangalore on a study titled Farmer Producer Companies in India, Past Present Future.

At Dakshin, I work with the Sustainable Fisheries programme on a recently-launched project in Odisha that aims to bring together various fisheries stakeholders for participatory management of fishery resources. My role largely involves working towards creating and facilitating an initiative of fisheries co-management in select sites in the Ganjam district of Odisha. Along with exploring community development, I am very keen to understand what drives individuals to work together on issues that are important to them.


  • Report titled Farmer Producer Companies in India: Past, Present and Future
  • Neti, Annapurna, Govil, Richa, and Rao, Madhushree R., (2019), “Farmer Producer Companies in India: Demystifying the Numbers,” Review of Agrarian Studies, vol. 9, no. 2, available at

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