Dr. Raghu Chaliganti

Raghu Chaliganti is a scientist in the domain of digital agriculture at the Interactive and Cognitive Systems (ICS) group  in the Vision and Imaging Technologies department .

His R&D activities focus on use cases and solutions for digital agriculture, developing KPIs and drafting policy guidelines in AI & IoT. 


Raghu Chaliganti has joined the Interactive & Cognitive Systems group at Fraunhofer HHI as a scientist in digital agriculture in May 2022. He has been appointed as a chair for the ITU working group on digital agriculture use cases and solutions (WG-AS) at the Focus Group on "Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) for Digital Agriculture" (FG-AI4A ). 

Raghu earned his Master degree in International Agriculture from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and his Doctoral degree in Agriculture Economics from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. During his studies, he was a visiting scholar at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) at Hyderabad, India. In addition to that, he acquired expertise in project management at Gesellschaft für Nachhaltige Entwicklung GmbH, Witzenhausen and in data science at Spiced Academy, Berlin.  

At the Division of Resource Economics (RESS), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Raghu conducted policy research on the adoption of bioenergy  technologies and coordinated a working group on institutional innovations in the framework of the Future Megacities Project  (funded by BMBF). He has also several years of consulting experience taking a lead in project design from inception to implementation, monitoring and evaluation. In this connection, he provided policy advice for formulating climate resilient agriculture guidelines for the state of Jharkhand, India (funded by GIZ) and drafted scaling up strategies for the first ICT centric Climate Change Knowledge Network for Indian Agriculture Project (funded by BMZ). In addition, he conducted several studies and analyses related to seed sector development and agricultural marketing.

Articles in Journals


  • Chaliganti, R. and U. Müller (2016). Environmental rationalities and policy paradigms underpinning India’s biofuel program. Environmental Policy and Governance 26(1): 16 -28. 
  • Müller, U. and R. Chaliganti (2016): Bargaining over local public good provision in nested social dilemmas: a comparative study of variation from South India. India Review 15(3): 302-331.


  • Chennamaneni, R., Müller, U. and R. Chaliganti (2008): Hyderabad: Förderung von Biokraftstoffen in peri -urbanen Gebieten. Geographische Rundschau 60(4): 30-35. 


Conference contributions


  • Chaliganti, R. (2019): Opportunities and challenges to improve agriculture and seed sector value chain governance in Telangana region, India. 32nd International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) seed symposium Hyderabad, India, 26-28 June 2019. 


  • Chaliganti, R. (2015): Climate change, disasters and local strategies: towards a multilevel risk governance approach. 6th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM), New Delhi, India 28th - 30th October 2015. 


  • Chaliganti, R. (2012): Biofuel promotion in India: policy paradigms and institutional logics. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA): “Understanding the drama of democracy, policy work, power and transformation”, Tilburg, 5 - 7 July 2012. 


  • Chaliganti, R. (2009): Governing biofuel plantations on wastelands: implications for sustainability in India. Paper presented at the International Consortium on Agriculture Biotechnology Research (ICABR): “The emerging bio-economy”, Ravello, 17 - 20 June 2009. 


  • Chaliganti, R. and S. P. Wani (2007): Sustainable rural livelihoods and urban environment: an assessment of biofuel promotion in Andhra Pradesh, India. Poster presented at Tropentag: “Utilization of diversity in land use systems - sustainable and organic approaches to meet human needs”, Witzenhausen, 9 - 11 October 2007. 




  • Chaliganti, R. (2018): Measures for strengthening of the formal seed production and supply chain of agricultural crops in Telangana, India. Bonn: Consortium of SFG mbh/ADT Project Consulting Gmbh/BDP e.V. 


  • Chaliganti, R. (2017): Scale-up strategies for climate change network in Indian agriculture (CCKN-IA). New Delhi: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). 
  • Chaliganti, R. (2017): Mission report: policy advice on mainstreaming agriculture -related governmental schemes and programs towards adaptation to climate change, Government of Jharkhand, India. New Delhi: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). 


  • Chaliganti, R. (2014): Biofuel promotion in India: analyzing the policy process from a discursive -institutional perspective. In Volker Beckmann & Konrad Hagedorn (Eds.), Governing sustainability in India. (Vol. 49). Aachen: Shaker Verlag. 


  • Chaliganti, R. (2013): Climate and energy in a complex transition process towards sustainability in Hyderabad - Impacts: towards institutionalizing project innovations. In K.Hagedorn (Ed.), Emerging Megacities Discussion Papers. Berlin: Eh-Verlag. 


  • Wani, S.P. and R. Chaliganti (2007): Rural livelihoods and urban environment: an assessment of biofuel programme for emerging megacity of Hyderabad. Research Reports for Analysis and Action for Sustainable Development of Hyderabad, Vol. 14. Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 
  • Sridevi, T.K., Wani, S.P., Chennamaneni, R. and R. Chaliganti (2007): Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in action: prospects for urban and peri-urban forestry in greater Hyderabad. Research Reports for Analysis and Action for Sustainable Development of Hyderabad, Vol. 15. Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 


Policy Briefs


  • Chaliganti, R. (2017): Designing climate-proofing mechanism for agriculture policies and programs in Jharkhand. New Delhi: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). 
  • Chaliganti, R. (2017): Strengthening local weather networks for agro-met advisory services. New Delhi: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). 
  • Chaliganti, R. (2017): Integrating climate change relevant Information in agricultural knowledge systems. New Delhi: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). 

Editor of a Policy Brief Series for the Sustainable Hyderabad Project (2011 -2013), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany 

  • Planning the city of tomorrow for the climate of tomorrow: applying the climate assessment tool for Hyderabad (CATHY).
  • Education for sustainable lifestyles in emerging megacities  
  • Green growth for Hyderabad: building the low-carbon city 
  • Utilizing potentials of street food for sustainable city development 
  • Towards a new regulatory framework in power governance for sustainable urban development 
  • Policy recommendations on solar energy governance in Andhra Pradesh 
  • Community action for cleaner cooking in Hyderabad 
  • Analyzing consumer preferences: implications for energy policy 
  • Coordinated technology adoption for energy efficiency in irrigation 
  • Towards effective participation in water and sanitation services 
  • The role of citizens participation and stakeholders dialogue in sustainable city development