Ruchira Boss is an Assistant Program Officer for TCI-TARINA. She is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the progress of ground-level implementation across program locations in Bihar, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh, with a special focus on diversifying agricultural production through the integration of non-staple food crops, promoting labor-saving technologies for reducing women’s drudgery in agriculture, and reducing post-harvest losses of non-staples. Boss is the coordinator of program activities, including data collection for monitoring and evaluation (M&E), in the Maharajganj District of Uttar Pradesh. She also assists with organizing capacity building workshops, as well as outreach and communications for the program.
Boss holds a master’s degree in development studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai and a bachelor’s degree in economics (hons.) from St. Xavier’s College in Jaipur. Her master’s dissertation was on the “Agrarian Crisis and Farmer Suicides in India with Emphasis on the Malwa Belt of Punjab.” Her interests lie in improving the livelihoods of Indian farmers by making agriculture sustainable and remunerative, as well as empowering women farmers so they receive their due recognition.