Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives

Saikumar C. Bharamappanavara


                 Saikumar C. Bharamappanavara
Humboldt University Berlin
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Economics
Division of Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives
Luisenstrasse 53
D-10099 Berlin
Phone: +49-30-2093-6180
Fax: +49-30-2093-6501


Position within the Division

PhD Student and DAAD Research Fellow in the Joint Research Project "MEGACITIES 2 - Climate and Energy in a Complex Transition Process towards Sustainable Hyderabad"

Research Interest

  • Cooperatives and Self-Help groups
  • Quantitative Reserach Methods


Academic Career

Since 01/2010    Humboldt University of Berlin
PhD Student and Research Fellow in the Project "MEGACITIES - Climate and Energy in a Complex Transition Process towards Sustainable Hyderabad - Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies by Changing Institutions, Governance Structures, Lifestyles and Consumption Patterns"

Academic Background

2007 - 2009    International Master of Science in Rural Development (IMRD)
2003-2005    Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Agricultural Economics, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India
1999 - 2003    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Agricultural Sciences, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India

Work Experience (Extract)

2006 - 2007 Associate Consultant at Symphony Services Corp (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore
2005 - 2006
Researcher in the project "The Next Generation: Developing India's Instituional Capacity to Confront Agriculture's 21st Century Challenges", University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
Data Analyst in the "Akshara Dasoha"-project (Mid Day Meals Scheme for school children)

Scholarships and Awards (Extract)

2009    UMM Award 2009 for best thesis on microfinance


Selected Publications


Bharamappanavara, S.; Hanisch, M.; Rommel, J. (2016): The Effect of Heterogeneity and Freedom of Participation on Collective Action in Rural Self Help Groups: Combining In-depth Interviews with Curve Estimation. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. Vol. 10 (2): 147-167. Sage Publisher. doi: 10.1177/1558689814550876

Bharamappanavara, S.; Jose, M. (2015): Group Dynamics and Collective Performance of Self-help Groups under different Microcredit Delivery Models in Karnataka. Agriculture Economics Research Review. Vol.28 (1): 127-138.

Bharamappanavara, S.; Kumar, N. (2014): Targeting the Poor for Rural Development–Review of International Experience on Microcredit Programmes.  Journal of Global Economy 10(3).

Bharamappanavara, Saikumar C., Mundinamani, S.M., Kiresur, V. R., and Naik, B.K. (2013): Resource use efficiency and constraints Faced by the Farmers in the Tank Commands: The Case of North Eastern Karnataka (India). Journal of Rural Development 32(3), 311-320.

Saikumar C. Bharamappanavara (2013): Growth and Outreach of Self Help Groups Microcredit Models in India: A Literature Insight. International Journal of Social and Economic Research 3(1), 1-14.

Mallikarjun S. Hasanabadi, Saikumar C. Bharamappanavara, Dr. Jayashree A. Handigol, Dr. Basavaraj H. (2013): Analysis of risks involved in onion crop (allium cepa) production and marketing by crop insured and non- insured farmers. SAARJ Journal on Banking & Insurance Research 2(3), 76-83.

Bharamappanavara, Saikumar C. (2011): Farming Systems in the Tank Commands in North Eastern Karnataka (India): An Economic Analysis of Jala Samvardhane Yojana Sangha Managed Tanks. Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing.

Bharamappanavara, Saikumar C.; Hanisch, M.; Shetty, N.K.; Kumar, P.N.O. (2011): Self-Help Group Microcredit Delivery Models In Karnataka (India): An Econometric Study of Factors Influencing Performance. International Journal of Microfinance Institutions 1(1), 90-101.

Bharamappanavara, Saikumar C.; Hanisch, M.; Shetty, N.K. (2010): Review Paper: Use of Micro-Credit for Poverty Alleviation and Rural Development - Bangladesh and International Experiences. Paper Presented at the National Seminar on “Microfinance and Livelihood Promotions in India” at Post Graduate Department of Management Studies & Research Center (PGDMSRC), Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT) Tumkur, India on 15th-16th December 2010.

Bharamappanavara, Saikumar C. (2010): The Performance of Microcredit Organisations. Stuttgart: ibidem.

Saikumar, B.C. Bharamappanavara, Saikumar C.; Mundinamani, S.M.; Chandrakanth, M.G. (2008): Institutional Innovation In Managing Irrigation Tanks - Economic study of Jala Samvardhane Yojana Sangha in developing economy, Valuation of externalities in water, forests and environment for sustainable development. XIIth European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) 2008 congress, Ghent, Beligum.