Farmer participatory research is the budding research stream within the GEMS team which fosters collaboration with the socio-economists and so aligns with ICRISAT’s vision to deliver research for impact. Following the work path of understanding the production environments (E) and finding suitable agronomic (M) and genetic (G) interventions to support crop production/stability the team is in the process of understanding the practical societal context (S) of the farming communities. This socio-economic situation of the farming communities critically influences the adoption of cultivars and cultivation practices. Here we join the learnings from our research streams and collaborate with researchers, NGOs and government bodies, gather new perspectives from interaction with farming communities and facilitate exposure of these communities to solutions that are relevant, affordable and sustainable.