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  • Agrarian Studies /1 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-Cover • 2013
    Pages: 526
    ISBN 9789332700321
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    Agrarian Crisis in India

    The Way Out

    K. Suman Chandra‚ V. Suresh Babu‚ Pradip Kumar Nath (Eds.)


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    <p>Indian agriculture is presently at the crossroads in more than one sense. The share of agriculture in the GDP has been shrinking and has reached about 15 per cent, while it continues to provide livelihood support to more than two-thirds of the rural population. The slowdown in performance of the sector in the recent years is a cause for concern in the overall agenda for food and income security. More than 80 per cent of the farmers, mostly with marginal and small holdings, depend on agriculture as the primary activity and are highly vulnerable to multiple risks. The escalating cost of production and &nbsp; unremunerative and often volatile output prices have raised questions of viability of farming as a livelihood activity.</p> <p>Several factors have contributed to the imbalance, of which the low agricultural productivity and its stagnation are notable. Among the supply side factors, declining factor productivity, degradation of soil and water resources due to intensive agriculture, inequitable access to input and imperfection in output market are prominent. The problem of lack of appropriate technology especially &nbsp;for vast areas of dryland and rainfed farming, the persistence of inadequate infrastructure and declining public investment have brought to the fore the issue of sustainability of agriculture. These are the areas of main focus of the contributions in the book. Besides helping in understanding the present state of Indian agriculture, the contributions in the book are expected to help evolve appropriate policy approaches.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /2 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2014
    Pages: 212
    ISBN 9789332701366
    US$59.95
    In association with IGIDR
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    Asset and Liability Portfolio of Farmers

    Micro Evidences from India

    S. Bisaliah‚ S. Mahendra Dev‚ Syed Saifullah‚ Dhritisree Sarkar


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    <p>Using farm level data generated by National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) and National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), the authors of the book provide empirical evidences on seven issues related to asset build up for farm-households in developing countries. First, what are the empirical evidences on asset-liability portfolio structure of farm households? Second, whether there have been shifts in composition of asset-liability structure over a period of time? Third, what are the determinants of likelihood of financial inclusion and exclusion of farm households? Fourth, how is the structure of capital expenditure incurred by farmers, and what are the determinants of capital expenditure? Fifth, what are the factors which would govern the accumulation of non-farm business activities and thereby enhance livelihood options in rural areas? Sixth, with respect to all these issues, are there fundamental differences as between large and small farmers and rural and urban farmers? Finally, which are the possible policy directions to facilitate asset-build up in farm households?</p> <p><br /> The book is based on the research work of authors and on field level evidences; and a new methodological framework has been developed by authors which could facilitate further cross-country research in this neglected area.</p>

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    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2011
    Pages: 136
    ISBN 9788171888962
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    Outlook of the North East India

    An Agricultural Perspective

    Subhasis Mandal‚ Kamal Kumar Datta


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    <p>This book indicates several novel opportunities for new investments that can catalyse the development process of the NER with special focus on agriculture and tries to propagate a new principle on the promotion of sustainable agriculture while conserving the biodiversity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2012
    Pages: 268
    ISBN 9788171889372
    US$55.95

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    Economic Reforms and Small Farms

    Implications for Production Marketing and Employment

    Parmod Kumar‚ Sandip Sarkar


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    <p>This book looks at the impact of recent agriculture-related policy changes on the emerging production, marketing and earning status of small versus large farmers based on primary and secondary data.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Comparing two contrasting states of Punjab and Bihar, the study finds that whereas Punjab farming set the course of commercialisation way behind in the early seventies and the state has bright prospect for a new phase of corporatisation leading to ascendancy of processing and value addition, Bihar agriculture is still caught in the web of subsistence farming. Majority of holdings being marginal and small in the state, the mechanisation and commercialisation of agriculture is still at a rudimentary stage and farmers have to depend on non-farm activities to make their daily earnings. Farm income was the chief source of household income in Punjab with 76 per cent share, whereas contribution of farm income in total household income was only 36 per cent in Bihar. Farmers’ opinion about the globalisation process revealed that only the large and medium farmers stood better off after the reform process whereas for the landless and small farmers, it has become difficult to eek-out their livelihood. For setting course for the future, understanding the current status of globalisation is necessary. Different policy actions in different states are de rigueur to bring the farmers out of their dilemmas especially the small and marginal ones who are at the ebb of deprivation.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /5 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2013
    Pages: 230
    ISBN 9788171889549
    US$45.95

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    Investment in Indian Agriculture

    Macro and Micro Evidences

    S. Bisaliah‚ S. Mahendra Dev‚ Syed Saifullah

    In association with Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai



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    <p>Accelerated growth of service sector, almost stagnant growth of industrial sector and decelerated growth of agricultural sector have been registered as the pattern of growth in India during the last two decades or so. As a result, among other things, rural-urban development divide has broadened and deepened. The need for placing agricultural sector on the top of development agenda has led to identification of search areas, of which investment in agriculture to build up the capital stock so as to increase the productivity of labour engaged in agriculture and of land is well placed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Keeping the above perspective in view, the book has documented and analysed the cross-country evidences to establish relationship between capital and growth, and growth, and poverty. Following this as a backdrop, the book has analysed macro evidences on investment behaviour in Indian agriculture, shifting composition of public and private sector investment in agriculture, and the relationship among capital formation, agriculture growth and poverty alleviation. The book has provided comprehensive micro (field) level evidences on capital structure, growth, composition, capital intensity, the impact of capital stock on productivity of labour and land, and determinants of farm level capital formation. The last chapter of the book has effectively extracted the substantive inferences from the analysis of macro and micro evidences on investment in Indian agriculture.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At the end, pathways and policy directions have been derived from the analysis of macro and micro evidences, focusing on public investment policies and priorities, and on public policy regime for inducing private investment.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /6 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2013
    Pages: 264
    ISBN 9788171889761
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    The Future of Indian Agriculture

    Technology and Institutions

    Nilabja Ghosh‚ C.S.C. Sekhar (Eds.)

    In association with Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi



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    <p>The last decade and half has been marked by deceleration in India's agricultural growth, agrarian crisis and food and livelihood security issues.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This book provides an insightful analysis of the various dimensions of these problems. The authors and panelists, of national and international repute, have provided a rich analysis of all the major aspects—technology, markets, natural resources, climate change, institutions and policy framework. The book should be immensely useful to researchers, scholars, policy-makers and all those interested in Indian agriculture.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /7 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2010
    Pages: 200
    ISBN 9788171887712
    US$49.95

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    Biotechnology in Indian Agriculture

    POTENTIAL, PERFORMANCE AND CONCERNS

    N. Chandrasekhara Rao‚ S. Mahendra Dev


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    <p>This book is one of the first of its kind on socioeconomic aspects of agricultural biotechnology in the country. It covers a range of issues relating to potential, performance and concerns regarding biotechnology in India and offers valuable suggestions for policymaking. The debate on biotechnology so far focused mainly on the likely risks instead of objectively assessing the technology on a case-by-case basis to come out with suitable policy implications.</p> <p><br /> The present book attempts to fill this serious gap by discussing the nature and organisation of biotechnology, present pattern of product development, concerns for poverty reduction arising from the nature and pattern of product development and the performance of the first biotech product in the country viz., Bt cotton. It uses the results of two longitudinal surveys conducted in all the cotton growing agro-climatic zones of Andhra Pradesh and employs a conceptual framework to bring out the performance of this technology.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /8 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2010
    Pages: 410
    ISBN 9788171887972
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    From Green to Evergreen Revolution

    Indian Agriculture: Performance and Challenges

    Ms Swaminathan


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    <p>Indian agriculture is at cross-roads. At one end, is the problem of ecologically unsound public policies which have led to deep ecological distress. On the other, despite large number of nutrition safety net programmes introduced by Central and state governments, India still remains the home for the largest number of malnourished children and adults in the world. The need of the hour is to convert the green revolution into an ‘evergreen revolution’ by mainstreaming the principles of ecology in technology development and dissemination. India also urgently needs to focus on developing a sustainable and equitable food security system.</p> <p><br /> Authored by Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, a world scientist of rare distinction and a living legend, this book stresses on considering the problem of food production holistically. Evergreen revolution along with small farm management revolution are hence the most important ingredients for hunger-free India movement. Swaminathan’s consistent point has been, “rather than predicting the future, it is our job to shape it.”</p> <p><br /> “This wonderful collection of essays, both a tour d’ horizon and tour de force, describes in multifaceted ways the key components of an ecologically sound, evergreen revolution…. Swaminathan’s wisdom is not readily summarized, so my best advice is to read carefully, and savour and ponder these essays!”<br /> <strong>— From the Foreword by Jeffrey D. Sachs</strong></p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /9 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2009
    Pages: 644
    ISBN 9788171887347
    US$69.95

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    Readings in Indian Agriculture and Industry

    K.L. Krishna‚ Uma Kapila (Eds.)


    About the Book

    <p>Editors K.L. Krishna and Uma Kapila bring in their respective expertise on industry and agriculture to compile this unique reference text, with contributions from noted economists, in order to provide critical insights into the two vital sectors of the Indian economy.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /10 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Paperback • 2009
    Pages: 644
    ISBN 9788171887385
    US$39.95

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    Readings in Indian Agriculture and Industry

    K.L. Krishna‚ Kristy Tsun-tzu Hsu (Eds.)


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    <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Editors K.L. Krishna and Uma Kapila bring in their respective expertise on industry and agriculture to compile this unique reference text, with contributions from noted economists, in order to provide critical insights into the two vital sectors of the Indian economy.</span></p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /11 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2010
    Pages: 106
    ISBN 9788171887651
    US$39.95

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    Agricultural Risk and Insurance in India

    Problems and Prospects

    S. S. Raju‚ Ramesh Chand


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    <p>Agriculture production and farm incomes in India are frequently affected by weather and climatic aberrations like droughts, floods, cyclone, frost, storms, land slides, etc. Outbreak of epidemics, fire, and market fluctuations are the other factors which seriously affect production and farm income. All these events are beyond the control of the farmers. With the growing commercialisation of agriculture, the magnitude of shock due to unfavourable eventualities is increasing and the need to protect farmers against production and income losses is becoming stronger.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> Agricultural insurance is considered an important mechanism to effectively address the risk to output and income resulting from various natural and manmade events. Despite various schemes launched from time to time, agricultural insurance in India has not made much headway even though the need to protect country’s farmers from agricultural variability has been a continuing concern of agriculture policy.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">This book examines the genesis of agricultural insurance in India and discusses various agricultural insurance schemes launched in the country from time to time and the coverage provided by them. The book also looks into the role of government in implementing various agricultural insurance schemes and suggest effective agriculture insurance programme for India.</span></p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /12 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2009
    Pages: 598
    ISBN 9788171887262
    US$79.95

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    Changing Contours of Asian Agriculture

    Policies, Performane and Challenges

    S. Surjit Singh‚ V. Ratna Reddy (Eds.)


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    <p>Indian agriculture has been facing one of the worst crises since Independence. The contribution of agriculture to national income is declining at a faster pace compared to the percentage of population depending on it. The trends in profitability are not consistent across the years, which is a typical character of agriculture. A number of studies have tried to examine and understand the reasons; important ones include technological, environmental, and policy related. The poor performance and the declining profitability of agriculture due to one or more reasons have resulted in widespread household indebtedness, which is often identified as the main reason for the farmer suicides.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> This volume is a collection of papers in honour of Padma Bhushan Prof. Vijay Shankar Vyas who is amongst the first and leading policy economists in India. He has had significant policy contributions at the national and international levels. This collection is a reflection of his research interests and contribution to agricultural policy research. In total, 16 eminent scholars have contributed to the volume.<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">These papers have been put together in a thematic format and deal mainly with five important aspects of Indian agriculture: i) Indian Agriculture: Policies and Performance, ii) Resource Policies and Agriculture, iii) Employment and Decent Work, iv) New Trends in Agriculture and Challenges, and v) Experiences from Other Countries. It also includes a paper on China which deals with poverty and inequality in the context of reforms. Most of the papers provide an all India perspective. Though some of the papers are specific to the themes and locations, they provide valuable insights in to the broader array of issues and problems afflicting the agricultural sector in India. The authors through their contributions have touched upon issues that are dear to Prof. Vyas and also provide futuristic scenario of Asian agriculture of which Indian agriculture is a vital cog.</span></p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /13 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2008
    Pages: (580 + 1028)
    ISBN 9788171885978
    US$149.95

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    Glimpses of Indian Agriculture

    Macro and Micro Aspects (A set of 2 Volumes)

    S.M. Jharwal‚ R.S. Deshpande‚ Vijay Paul Sharma‚ R.P.S. Malik‚ Brajesh Jha‚ S.A. Ansari (Eds.)


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    <p>Authentic and authoritative, this presentation in two volumes shares a comprehensive overview of the extensive research undertaken by the Agro Economic Research Centres (AERCs) and the concerns confronting Indian agriculture. Established across the states in India to provide policy feedback to the Ministry of Agriculture, the AERCs generated many important research initiatives and debates over five decades.</p> <p><br /> The volume on macro premise deals with the broader themes like macro policy changes, WTO, tariff policy, institutional issues, minimum support prices etc., whereas, the volume on micro issues addresses the problems confronted by each of the participating states at the regional level.</p> <p><br /> Published by Academic Foundation in association with the Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, New Delhi, and the Agricultural Development &amp; Rural Transformation Centre (ADRTC), Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /14 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2008
    Pages: 490
    ISBN 9788171886630
    US$69.95

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    Maize in Asia

    Changing Markets and Incentives

    Ashok Gulati‚ John M. Dixon


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    <p>Over the past several decades Asia’s maize economy has expanded significantly, and in recent years Asia’s share of maize production has risen more rapidly. It is poised to grow even further, owing to direct and indirect demand generated from the region’s burgeoning animal feed and industrial sectors. This study covers seven Asian countries, namely China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Together, these countries generate over 90 per cent of Asia’s maize production, and a quarter of the world’s maize supply. The basic objectives of the study were to:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>• review the production, consumption and trade in maize in Asia;<br /> • highlight the policy environment in each country;<br /> • analyse the incentives available for maize producers; and<br /> • forecast the nature of the maize economy in Asia in 2025.</p> <p><br /> In recent years there has been no comprehensive study of maize policies in Asia. This book has emerged from a broader collaboration between CIMMYT, IFPRI, IFAD and seven Asian NARS (National Agricultural Research Systems) aimed at gaining a better under-standing of the maize policy environment in Asia.</p> <p><br /> As national policy making and global trade regimes become increasingly more dynamic and diverse, this book will foster constructive dialogue, and serve as a guide to policymakers in the region in their efforts to craft more effective and equitable policies for maize in Asia, and the world in general.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Excerpts from the Foreword:</strong></p> <p>"The maize economy is one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the world, with major engine of growth being the demand for feed in the Asian region. Such rapid growth of the Asian maize economy is a major potential source of national economic growth and of significant poverty reduction, and thus warrants closer analysis to underpin policy dialogue.</p> <p><br /> "This study covers seven Asian countries that, together, represent over 90 per cent of maize production in Asia and one quarter of the global supply: China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. In recent years there has been no other comprehensive study of the maize policies in Asia and it is hoped that the book will shed light on the complex, and in places, distorted maize economy in Asia.”</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /15 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2007
    Pages: 338
    ISBN 8171886019
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    Institutional Alternatives and Governance of Agriculture

    Vishwa Ballabh


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    <p>The Indian economy clearly seems to have followed a higher growth trajectory with over 9 per cent growth in GDP for the fiscal year 2006-07. Despite some improvements, the performance of agriculture sector, however, continues to be the cause of concern. The dream of inclusive growth cannot be realised without revival of sagging agriculture sector.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> A number of challenges are being encountered in the sector. Some of these challenges are:&nbsp;</p> <p>(i) increasing number of small and marginal farmers; (ii) increased competition due to globalisation process; (iii) reduced capital formation; (iv) poor infrastructure; and (v) decline of State support to agriculture. Thus, in present context governance and strengthening of institutional mechanisms to revive agriculture growth is of paramount need.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The present book consisting of twelve essays, divided in four parts, critically examines issues and challenges of the agriculture sector and identifies ways to meet these challenges. The objective is primarily to initiate debate over governance of agriculture and identification of institutional mechanism to make small holders farm economy viable and globally competitive. The essays though varied in content and nature are unified in their emphasis on elements of sustainability, growth and equity, and examine role of public policies such as prices, input subsidies, research and development in current economic scenario and lays emphasis on identification of institutional mechanisms for the integration of small and marginal farmers in the larger economic development agenda.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /16 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2007
    Pages: 331
    ISBN 8171886329
    US$79.95

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    Search for New Genes

    V.L. Chopra‚ R. P. Sharma‚ S.R. Bhat‚ B.M. Prasanna


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    <p>Recent progress in molecular biology and biotechnology is impacting the life sciences as well as the lives of people in unprecedented ways. Plant genetic transformation and molecular marker technologies have led to a paradigm shift in plant genetic resource management and crop improvement. Granting patent protection to genes has not only provided incentive for gene discovery and placed monetary value on germplasm resources, but also raised concerns about ownership and access to genetic resources.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This book is an outcome of the presentations made during Dr. B.P. Pal Birth Centenary Symposium organized by the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi, India, in February 2006. It begins with the commemorative lectures, which trace the evolution of approaches to the search for new genes in the last seven decades, since the seminal article written by Dr. B.P. Pal on the ‘Search for new genes’ in 1936. The book provides a comprehensive update of the modern biotechnological options for biodiversity management, gene prospecting, development of ‘designer crops’ and bioremediation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The power of molecular genetics in dissection of complex biological processes, and the potential utility of the knowledge that links genes to metabolic pathways and phenotypes for plant improvement are highlighted. The book covers strategies for harnessing the community and individual knowledge for genetic resource management and gene discovery, and presents models for benefit sharing and participatory plant breeding. Written by eminent experts in the field, the book shall be of significant interest not only to the academic and research community worldwide, but also to the policy makers and science administrators.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /17 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2007
    Pages: 624
    ISBN 8171885519
    US$79.95

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    Agricultural Diversification and Smallholders in South Asia

    P.K. Joshi‚ Ashok Gulati‚ Ralph Cummings Jr.


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    <p>Pro-poor opportunities are rapidly unfolding in South Asia, spurred by new lifestyles and tastes, stimulated by increasing incomes, spreading urbanisation, and expanding globalisation. Dietary patterns are changing of both the poor and the rich, as well as rural and urban consumers, from staple foodgrains to high-value-commodities such as fruits, vegetables, milk, meat, eggs, and fish. The real challenge is how to grab these opportunities to alleviate poverty and improve quality of life, particularly for smallholders. This book, Comprising contributions by experts from various countries, the book provides a range of information, analysis, and the beginnings of pathways to accelerate agricultural diversification and facilitate inclusiveness of small holders through correcting incentives, evolving institutions, and developing infrastructure.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /18 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2007
    Pages: 540
    ISBN 8171886256
    US$69.95

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    Agriculture Cannot Wait

    New Horizons in Indian Agriculture

    Ms Swaminathan


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    <p>While scientists can develop yield enhancing technologies, these will not make an impact on production and productivity without appropriate support from public policy and investment. National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) has from time to time assembled groups of eminent scientists to analyse public policy issues in important areas related to agriculture and prepare papers relevant to policy formulation.</p> <p><br /> The present book includes 39 policy papers issued by the Academy during the last 15 years covering a wide range of issues like: Sustainable Livelihood and Nutrition Security, Water Resources Management, Soil Health Enhancement and Fertiliser Use, Agro-biodiversity and Biosafety, Agricultural Research and Education, and Globalisation and Agri-Exports. Many of the suggestions and recommendations contained in the book present a road map for rescuing the fate of farmers and farming from the present agrarian crisis prevailing in several parts of the country.</p> <p><br /> This book will be useful for scholars in agricultural universities and research institutions and for policy and investment decisions in the field of agriculture.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /19 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2006
    Pages: 352
    ISBN 8171885144
    US$65.95

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    Indian Agriculture in the New Millennium

    Changing Perceptions and Development Policy

    N.A. Mujumdar‚ Uma Kapila (Eds.)


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    <p>Recently released, here is a two-volume set published by Academic Foundation in collaboration with the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics. The articles contained in these volumes are by a distinguished group of scholars and are at the cutting edge of current research in the chosen field. Ranging from agricultural economists, scientists to policy advisors of repute, the authors bring to bear on their chosen subject not only a high analytical rigour but also give rare insights into the appropriateness of development policies as the two volumes scan through the ups and downs of the agriculture development processes in India over a period of five decades and the policy issues involved at various stages.</p> <p><br /> This special collection of articles presented in two volumes is arranged under seven sections :</p> <p>(I) Policy Framework, (II) Growth Profile of Agriculture, (III) Investment in Agriculture — covered in Volume 1, and (IV) Water Resources, (V) Institutional Reforms, (VI) Food Security : New Dimensions, and (VII) Globalisation — covered in Volume 2. Together, the two volumes promise to be an invaluable resource for both, researchers and policymakers.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /20 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2005
    Pages: 398
    ISBN 8171884199
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    Agricultural Growth, Farm Size and Rural Poverty Alleviation in India

    C.H. HANUMANTHA Rao


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    <p>Internationally recognised expert and one of India’s most distinguished economists, C.H. Hanumantha Rao has contributed immensely to a better understanding of India’s economy. Often quoted over the years, his meticulously prepared research papers and analytical writings have enlightened students, senior researchers and policymakers alike.</p> <p>It is only most appropriate that a good majority of his relatively less accessible, although academically most relevant, writings are collected, thematically arranged and presented together at one source. The present volume is an humble attempt towards this end along with a recently published ‘companion’ volume entitled “Essays on Development Strategy, Regional Disparities and Centre-State Financial Relations in India.”</p> <p>Together, these volumes are a perfect tribute to the rare scholarship of this most unassuming, yet most outstanding scholar, on his 75th birthday.</p>

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  • Agrarian Studies /21 of 27
    Agrarian Studies

    Hard-cover • 2005
    Pages: 302
    ISBN 8171884210
    US$59.95

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    Where Water Seeps!

    Towards a New Phase in India's Irrigation Reforms

    A Narayanamoorthy‚ R.S. Deshpande (Eds.)


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    <p>Here’s a study that covers the entire canvass of irrigation development in India and addresses the issues for further analysis. It dwells over the specific&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">problem of irrigation, to provide the technically feasible and economically viable solutions under declining availability of water and increasing demand for&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">it.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The study incorporates analysis of the nexus between poverty and irrigation as well as agricultural wages in the context of irrigation, an area hitherto&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">neglected by irrigation analysts. Finally, it deals with the participatory irrigation management and power subsidy issues in a most candid manner to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">suggest a path for reforms under the present conditions of scarce water availability and market orientation.</span></p> <p><br /> “Irrigation means different things in the different agro-economic regimes in India from flood irrigation to drips. This book describes this in vivid detail&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">and lays out the road map as India grapples with land and water scarcity in order to meet its growing needs for a larger population backed by higher&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">purchasing power. It will be the source book for the practitioner, the policy- maker, the teacher and the researcher. Its prescriptions can be ignored only&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">at peril to the Indian future.”</span></p> <p><strong>— Yoginder K. Alagh</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>“This is a welcome addition to serious, as opposed to polemical, literature on irrigation. Besides an informative review of the historical evolution of ideas&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">on irrigation in India, it discusses specific issues of contemporary relevance based on Maharashtra's irrigation experience, the role of drip irrigation as a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">solution to water scarcity and the impact of irrigation on rural employment and wages.”&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>— A. Vaidyanathan</strong></p>

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    Hard-cover • 2003
    Pages: 398
    ISBN 8171883230
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    India's Agrarian Structure, Economic Policies and Sustainable Development

    Vijay Shankar Vyas


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    <p>The book contains a message of hope in relation to India's agricultural future. It outlines policy initiatives which can help to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of our major farming systems.</p> <p>Prof. V.S. Vyas's intimate knowledge of the agricultural progress and problems of Asian countries in general and India in particular, makes the book, Agrarian Structure, Economic Policies and Sustainable Development an authoritative source of information and analysis relevant to the formulation of strategies and policies for launching an ever-green revolution movement in Asia.</p> <p>--</p> <p><strong>M S Swaminathan</strong><br /> UNESCO Cousteau Chair in Ecotechnology and<br /> Chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> This book "Agrarian Structure, Economic Policies and Sustainable Development" according to Prof. M.S. Swaminathan "bears testimony to Prof. V.S. Vyas's approach to the major national and global challenges facing Indian agriculture." Prof. Vyas has tried to probe how the policy interventions, technological changes and institutional developments are impacting the economy of those directly dependent on it for their livelihood.<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The book covers all major developments in the evolution of agricultural technologies and policies since independence (1947).</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The essays in the book, divided in five sections, deals with topics which are mutually inter-related and reinforcing. The first section focuses on the relationship between poverty and sustainable development; the second outlines the main features of Indian agriculture, its sources of growth, the changes taking place within the sector and the problems; the third section discusses the issues of poverty and food security not only in India but also in other developing countries of the South-East Asian region; the fourth section analyses economic reforms in India and possible directions for these reforms; and the last section speculates about the future of Indian agriculture and outlines policy initiatives which can help to improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of our major farming systems.</span></p>

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    Hard-cover • 2005
    Pages: 172
    ISBN 8171884563
    US$35.00

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    Food Security in Asian Countries

    in the context of Millennium Goals

    Vijay Shankar Vyas


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    <p>Practically all countries of Asia have pledged at the national as well as international level to reduce the number of hungry and food insecure. A concrete step in this direction was taken in the World Food Summit in Rome, in 1996, when the nations resolved to reach the goal of food security. It was further reiterated at the Millennium Summit held in New York in 2000 where the United Nations adopted the Millennium Declaration, which contains goals and targets in important areas of human development. One of these goals is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.</p> <p><br /> This particular study aimed to examine the results of the efforts to achieve food security in Asian Countries in the context of Millennium Goals. Having adopted the basic premise that factors determining food security can be best understood at the country level, the study was based on country case studies: two least developed countries (Cambodia and Nepal), two medium-income countries undergoing fast structural changes (Indonesia and Thailand), and one large and fast developing country (India).</p> <p><br /> Despite differences in their initial conditions (society, economy, and polity), and the varying experiences in pursuing their respective goals and strategies for the attainment of food security, the five country case studies have yielded most valuable lessons, particularly in the form of initiatives that have wider if not universal applicability.</p> <p><br /> These lessons range from general to more specific situations that is, from augmenting agricultural production, eliminating seasonal hunger, and aiming for nutritional security, to provide for food security during and after natural calamities. Together these vast and varied lessons provide a basis for vital policy recommendations for food security. An emphasis was also given to the scope for regional cooperation. The country case studies demonstrate that certain measures have regional implications for know-ledge sharing, conservation and proper use of natural resources.</p> <p><br /> However, in identifying both the problems and prospects, this policy synthesis will serve both - to raise wider regional awareness of the issue and point to certain possible policy directions. With the commitment of the policy makers in all countries of the region and experience of working of a variety of programmes addressed to achieve food security, the countries of the region should not be satisfied only with the elimination of hunger. They should now strive to ensure a healthy and productive life for each citizen in the country. It is a difficult but not an impossible goal given all the favourable factors at the country and the regional level.</p>

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    Hard-cover • 2008
    Pages: 378
    ISBN 9788171887170
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    Agricultural Statistics at a Glance 2008


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    <p>The significance of database for agriculture and allied activities lies in the value addition it makes to research and policy formulation. The "Agricultural Statistics at a Glance" is a much awaited publication since it provides authentic information in a comprehensive manner. It provides wide range of data on crop production and productivity across States/regions, markets and prices, terms of trade, price support and procurement, domestic and international trade, credit, insurance, etc.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> The book will be greatly useful for economists, policy makers, researchers, agricultural scientists, students, different government and non-governmental organisations working in the agricultural sector and the public at large.</p>

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    Hard-cover • 2009
    Pages: 132
    ISBN 9788171887583
    US$49.95

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    High-value Crops and Marketing

    Strategic Options for Development in Uttarakhand

    Asian Development Bank‚ International Food Policy Research Institute


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    <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> High-value crops and marketing…. studies the case of high-value agriculture in the state of Uttarakhand in the context of rapid changes in marketing at the national and international level. Uttarakhand is characterized by a significant number of opportunities in high-value agriculture. They include the presence of a high number of endemic crops, diversity in agro-climatic conditions, possibilities to produce for 'off-season' markets, organic production practices, the relative high education of producers, a strong agricultural research capacity, an active civil society, a competitive production environment and a location relatively close to terminal consumer markets, at least for part of the state. On the other hand, agriculture in Uttarakhand also faces significant challenges that limit the competitiveness of its farmers with farmers in other Indian states and outside India.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> These include the high number of small scattered farms creating problems of aggregation and transport costs, migration and land conversion, increasing water and climatic change problems, environmental vulnerability, wildlife attacks, and a problematic regulatory environment. This book looks at these problems in a holistic manner and suggest ways on how Uttarakhand can prepare itself better to take advantage of the changing agricultural marketing environment.</p> <p><br /> Rapid changes are being made in the processing sector and a retail revolution is sweeping through India. Uttarakhand needs to position itself to utilize these developments. Current high-value chains in the State are not adapted towards these new opportunities. In order to study the different issues that inhibit growth in high-value agriculture this study looks at five value-chains: off-seasonal vegetables (tomato), temperate fruits (apple), vegetables (potato), organic crops and herbal plants.</p> <p><br /> The study suggests that in order to promote inclusive high-value agricultural growth, the focus has to be on improving the competitive environment, on providing information and relevant research and on upgrading infrastructure.</p>

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    Hard-cover • 2006
    ISBN 8171884946
    US$299.95

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    State of the indian farmer

    A millennium study

    Ministry Of Agriculture


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    <p>In the course of over half a century of planned development in India, there has been a major transformation of farming from the traditional to the modern, with millions of farmers participating in the green revolution and becoming increasingly conscious of science and technology. The country has entered the new era of globalisation with confidence, even as the expectations of farmers have been aroused.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“This is an opportune moment to take stock of Indian agriculture — its achievements and emerging challenges — through an in-depth examination of the performance and prospects. The series of studies completed under the mega project ‘State of the Indian Farmer : A Millennium Study,’ sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, represent a laudable effort towards this end,” says Prof. C.H. Hanumantha Rao.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Millennium Study was conceived, planned and coordinated over the last four years, by officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, involving, among others, the Secretary of the Ministry, R.C.A Jain (who has spent over 27 years in the field of agriculture and rural development) and M.K. Srivastava of the Indian Statistical Service.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Beginning in the year 2000, the project involved the efforts of over a hundred economists, policy-makers, academicians and scholars with three reputed institutions acting as coordinating / facilitating nodal centres, namely (i) Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi (ii) Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, and (iii) Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>State of the Indian Farmer : A Millennium Study (published in 27 volumes along with a CD-Rom) is unique in the sense that it is focused on the ‘farmer’ — the man behind agriculture. This is the most comprehensive effort after the National Commission on Agriculture submitted its reports in 1976. These studies, on various individual themes, under this mega-project, are quite penetrating and painstaking, their authors being recognised authorities on the concerned subjects.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A comprehensive overview of these studies by Prof. Y.K. Alagh, provides a critical appraisal of the major issues addressed in these volumes. The mega study has been further enriched by a crisp and insightful preface by Prof. C.H. Hanumantha Rao touching almost every issue concerning the Indian farmer in today's scenario.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 27-volume study, documenting the progression of agricultural development during the last five decades, will indeed go a long way in enriching our understanding of the nuances of development process and its welfare implications. The study will certainly help the future planners, policy-makers and all those interested in the welfare of the Indian farmers and the alleviation of rural poverty.</p>

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    Paperback • 2017
    Pages: 143
    ISBN 9789332704305
    US$79.95

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    Organic Farming in India

    Status, Issues and Way Forward

    Arpita Mukherjee‚ Souvik Dutta‚ Tanu M. Goyal‚ Avantika Kapoor‚ Disha Mendiratta


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    <p>Globally, there is growing awareness of the adverse impact of chemical inputs on soil, environment and human health. This has prompted both developed and developing countries to shift towards organic farming and organic food products. The Government of India has been actively supporting organic farming through various polices and schemes. India has an advantage of producing organic food products and is among the top 10 global exporters of such products. The domestic market for organic food products is growing at a fast pace. Given this background, the objective of this report is to: (a) understand recent trends and developments in organic farming globally and the scope for the development of organic farming in and export of organic food products from India, (b) identify global best practices in regulations on organic &nbsp;products, (c) examine the measures taken by the Indian government to support organic farming and organic food, (d) identify the issues faced by organic farmers and organic processed food producers, exporters, importers and other supply chain agents, (e) find the policy gaps, and (f) make policy recommendations to the government for the holistic growth of this sector based on global best practices and the country’s own requirements. The report is based on the first pan-India primary survey of companies and farmers following different organic certification processes. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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