A Quantitative Look at Farmer Protests in India

4 March 2021 | 10:00 PM
5 March 2021 | 8:00 AM


India is an increasingly important player in global agricultural markets, and in recent months has been roiled by large farmer protests about the government’s planned reforms to agricultural policy.

Given Gro’s commitment to sharing insights that not only drive value for businesses but also unlock benefits for society, we are hosting a public webinar about the structure of Indian agriculture and the data underlying the present issues.

Gro has created a new India Food Price Index which measures food inflation on a real-time basis. Gro has also created a series of Retail Price Volatility Indices which capture price volatility per product. We believe these models will be transformational for understanding and anticipating food and agricultural market dynamics in India.

What we'll cover:

  • An overview of the major crops in India and India's place in the global market
  • An introduction to the structure of farming in India
  • Gro's new India Food Price Inflation Index – a real-time measure of food inflation based on a consumption-weighted basket of products
  • Gro's new Food Price Volatility metric – measures the historic speed of price changes for individual food items


William Osnato
Senior Research Analyst
Will has been a research analyst in agricultural commodities for over a decade. Before joining Gro, he was a strategist at Balyasny Asset Management with a focus on oilseeds. Prior to that, he worked at Yannix Management covering grains and oilseeds. At Perennial Management he was in charge of sugar research and trading as well as conducting coffee, cocoa and macroeconomic research. Will started his career at AIG in the Hedge Fund Strategies group. Will earned a Bachelor of Science & Engineering in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University and is a CFA charter holder.
Jacques Paye
Research Analyst
Before joining Gro, Jacques interned in the market risk department at JP Morgan, in grain trading operations at Freepoint Commodities and in options trading at Gelber Group. He graduated from Fordham University in 2020 with a finance major and a math minor. Jacques is currently pursuing an MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.
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