Sachin Tiwari is a policy researcher and data analyst. He has also worked as a high school teacher for three years, teaching sociology and economics curriculum of IGCSE Board and NIOS, India. His time at the school has convinced him that one creates the society that one aspires for, one day at a time, with young learners. This has driven him to continue working in academic research and high school teaching simultaneously.
He has a B.Sc in Biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology University, a Master’s degree in Development from Azim Premji University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from National Law School of India University. This interdisciplinary training has enabled him to work at the intersection of science, technology and policy.
He is currently a Research Associate at the Institute of Public Policy, NLSIU, Bengaluru and MEL Consultant at Frankwater Projects, UK.
He spends his spare time running ultramarathons and cycling long distances. Endurance sports has been pivotal in shaping his work and life, in addition to bringing stories of human endeavour, perseverance, failure and success, in classroom.
The Economics of Farming
“He who controls the spice, controls the universe.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
May 22, 2022
This course aims at introducing basic intuitions and concepts in economics to young learners through farming as an activity. These concepts include:
idea of scarcity
value and exchange
demand and supply
production of goods
factors of production
The intended learning outcomes are that the learners gain an understanding of how choices are made by individuals to produce (in this case grow) a certain good (or not) and gain an appreciation through the experience of making these choices themselves (and the resulting consequences), by engaging in growing crops in the classroom - wheat, chana and brinjals.
The course opens with an introduction and learners are asked to pick a crop to grow. They begin growing the crop with the information provided. Over the duration that the crop grows, several variables emerge - about farming inputs, crop care, selling the produce, etc. At these moments the implications will be explained and linked to economics concepts.
By the end of the course, the learners would have gained a first hand and nuanced experience of decision-making and knowledge that goes into farming. This experience is a first level intuition of economics.