Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Resource Economics


Hyderabad as a Megacity of Tomorrow: Sustainable Urban Food and Health Security and Environmental Resource Management

Start: 07/2005
End: 05/2008



Project Description: The focus of the Project is the South Indian city of Hyderabad. The population of the city, growing at the rate of 27% per decade, was estimated at 5.5 million in 2001 and is expected to reach 10.5 million by 2015. Specific reasons why this case has been selected are: clear observability of the processes leading to the formation of a megacity; extreme dualism between the groups benefiting from economic growth and other groups struggling to fulfil their basic needs; the status of Hyderabad as a city of knowledge generation, to be used for problem solutions, and its location in a semi-arid agricultural region which is the reason for huge migration from the neighbouring rural areas. Four basic and closely interrelated problems of sustainability will be studied in depth: (1) environmental and resource degradation, (2) poverty and nutrition, (3) application of locally generated knowledge and (4) institutional innovation and improved governance structures. Research in these four areas is combined with process-oriented components of the Project such as communication and co-operation strategies emphasising the gender dimension. Some of the major jointly co-ordinated methods of analysis are: ‘Institutions of Sustainability’ Framework, ‘Livelihood System Approach’, ‘Nutrition and Health Analysis’, ‘Watershed Management’ Concept, approaches of ‘Knowledge Management’, ‘Co-operative Science’, ‘Gender Analysis’ and ‘Urban Governance’. Objectives of the Project are to develop a “Sustainable Development Framework (SDF)” and a strategy to achieve consensus on a “Perspective Action Plan” for Hyderabad focussing on core issues of nutrition and health security as well as environmental and resource management.

Researcher: Dr. Ramesh Chennamaneni

Lead Overall Project: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn

Funding: BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung)

Project Website:
Hyderabad Megacity Project

Publications and Presentations:




Research Reports (vgl. Website )


  • Research Report 1: Food and Nutrition in Hyderabad - Current Knowledge and Priorities for Action in an Urban Setting. By: Natalia Smith, James Garrett and Vishnu Vardhan (2008)
  • Research Report 2: Food and Nutritional Security in the Slums of Hyderabad. By: The Community Studies Team (2008).
  • Research Report 3: Changing food purchasing and consumption habits among urban middle-class in Hyderabad. By: Kerstin Lohr and Christoph Dittrich (2008)
  • Research Report 4: Urban Street Food Vendors in the Food Provisioning System of Hyderabad. By Marlis Wipper and Christoph Dittrich (2008)
  • Research Report 5: Achieving sustainable food security and poverty reduction through consumer cooperatives in Hyderabad. By: Juliana Helmerich, Ma Moid, Markus Hanisch and Bernd Wulf (2008)
  • Research Report 6: Health Services and Disease Profile of Hyderabad City. By: Sheela Prasad and C. Ramachandraiah (2008).
  • Research Report 7: Web-based information tools and communication and participation strategies. By: Hans-Liudger Dienel, Angela Jain, Nico de Abreu, Kristin Nicolaus, Chelikani Rao and Rajesh Kota (2008)
  • Research Report 8: Assessment of Urban Carrying Capacity. A Case Study of Environmental and Institutional Implications for Water Resource Management in Hyderabad. By: Ramesh Chennamaneni and Subba Rao (2008)
  • Research Report 9: Natural Resource Management for a Sustainable Hyderabad: A Case Study of the Musi River. By: The Musi River Study Team (2008)
  • Research Report 10: Pesticides, Residues and Regulation: A case study of vegetables in Hyderabad Market. By: Ramanjaneeyulu, D. and Ramesh Chennamaneni (2008)
  • Research Report 11: The Integrated Lake Treatment and Management Component (ILTMC) of The Green Hyderabad Environment Programme (GHEP). The role of governance, institutions and the effects of the programme on local people - A case study of Mir Alam Lake. By: Annette Kunz (2008)
  • Research Report 12: Rural - Urban Linkage: Emerging Conflicts and Livelihood Implications over Land Tenure and Water Sharing in Greater Hyderabad. By: Radna Reddy and B. Suresh Reddy (2008)
  • Research Report 13: Rural-Urban Migration. Impact of Watershed Programme. By: G Muralidhar and Ramesh Chennamaneni (2008)
  • Research Report 14: Rural Livelihoods and Urban Environment. An Assessment of Bio-fuel Programme for emerging Megacity of Hyderabad. By: Suhas P. Wani and Raghu Chaliganti (2008)
  • Research Report 15: CLEAN DEVELOPMENT MECHANISM (CDM) IN ACTION: prospects for urban and peri-urban forestry in Greater Hyderabad. By: Tk. Sreedevi, Suhas P. Wani , Ramesh Chenamaneni and Raghu Chaliganti (2008)
  • Research Report 16: Transport Model for a sustainable Hyderabad. By: Christoph Walter and Tanja Schäfer (2008)
  • Research Report 17: Public private partnership (ppp) in Hyderabad. A Feasilibility Study on Proposed PPP on Renewable Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Production from Sewerage Treatment. By: The PPP Study Team (2008)