About us


C-SAFE (Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Agriculture & Farm Excellence) was launched to celebrate the 150 years of Tata Group. The activities which commenced in 2019 under C-SAFE are aimed towards a singular goal - to experiment, pilot, establish and advocate SAFE models for driving value, safe environment, safe food creation. The focus of every C-SAFE intervention is on the farmer, though consumers, being the other end of the value chain, are also covered so that there is thorough understanding of the demand side and maximum returns are facilitated for the farmers.

To achieve this, every program under C-SAFE aims at unlocking opportunities in the agri value chain in a manner that it benefits all the stakeholders in the agri value chain. C-SAFE focuses in enhancing value particularly for small and marginal farmers.

C-SAFE Model

C-SAFE value creation business model focusing on establishing an extended supply chain for selected agri products which enable unlocking value across three drivers: ABC

  • Agronomy: to improve yields, enhance quality and optimise costs, and
  • By-products processing: to process the crop into acceptable consumer parameters, and
  • Consumer: covering the marketing aspects of meeting consumer expectations through establishing trusted brands which consistently provide safe and nutritious food products

The model involves working with different enablers like Finance, Digital, Mechanisation, Farmer Producer Organisations and Insurance. Due focus is also given to the critical aspect of Capability building and all these are deliversed collaborating with suitable partners.

The Advisory Board

Mr Bhaskar Bhat


Dr YSP Thorat

External Member

Mr R Mukundan


Ms Alka Talwar

Member and Secretary

Mr V Shankar

Member and Director General

Our Journey

Rabi and Summer 2019-20

  • C-SAFE was established, starting the journey with Farmers and Farmer Producer Companies
  • Chauras Farmers Producer Company was the first project
  • C-SAFE worked on 227 acres of paddy - RNR 15048 variety - suitable for diabetics & wellness conscious
  • The next project was on vegetables with a focus on tomato crops in Mandya (50 acres) and Onion at Nashik (500 acres) - helping 150 farmers

Kharif 2020

  • In Kharif season, Paddy Project scaled up, with two varieties selected RNR 15048 and superfine
  • Covering 1500 acres, impacting 500 farmers
  • Tomato Value Chain Project initiated at Hosur on 100 acres with 100 farmers
  • Tomato Value Chain Project initiated at Nashik on 500 acres with 370 farmers
  • In Rabi season, focus is on multiple crops with around 15 FPCs at different locations