System of Promoting Appropriate National Dynamism
for Agriculture and Nutrition


Small Farmers and Disruptive Innovation in Food Value Chains in India

Various segments of value chain from consumption to production that includes retailing, wholesaling, logistics, processing and production have been undergoing rapid and unprecedented changes in recent times in the country. This policy brief traces innovations in value chains brought about by ne...

Author(s) : Thomad ` Reardon, Rajib Sutradhar, 

A Dynamic Economic Model of Soil Conservation Involving Genetically Modified Crop.

This paper attempts to model the positive role of cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) crop with its soil-anchoring root-characteristic and use of conservation-tillage technology, in saving organic matter contents in the topsoil and reducing soil erosion. In a dynamic optimization framework...

Author(s) : Arpita Ghose, Amrita Chatterjee 

Analyzing the Water Footprint of Indian Dairy Industry.

Water footprint is a multidimensional indicator, showing water consumption volumes by source and by type of pollution; all components of a total water footprint are specified geographically and temporally. The issue of water scarcity in India is getting serious day-by-day. Water scarcity is fast...

Author(s) : Mohana Mondal, Zareena Irfan 

Strengthening Indian Agriculture- Need for Reforms.

In the past few decades India has seen a sustainable growth in food production and incomes along with growing diversification both in consumption and production. Food security and sustainability our major goals to keep agriculture sector out of a danger zone seems to be have been fulfilled. But t...

Author(s) : Surbhi Mittal 

Impact of Agricultural Related Technology Adoption on Poverty: A Study of Select Households in Rural India

This paper applies a program evaluation technique to assess the causal effect of adoption of agricultural related technologies on consumption expenditure and poverty measured by different indices. The paper is based on a cross-sectional household level data collected during 2014 from a sample of...

Author(s) : Sukanya Das, Santosh Sahu 

Making Rapid Strides-Agriculture in Madhya Pradesh: Sources, Drivers, and Policy Lessons

Agriculture growth in Madhya Pradesh (MP) during the decade long period of 2005-06 to 2014-15 was around 9.7 per cent per annum, which is the highest growth rate registered in agriculture by any major state of India over a ten year period. The last five years have been even more spectacular: agri...

Author(s) : Ashok Gulati, Pallavi Rajkhowa, 

Technical Efficiency of Agricultural Production in India: Evidence from REDS Survey

The study aims to estimate the technical efficiency of agricultural production in India using production frontier model for both cross section and panel data for the years 1999 and 2007. Given the persistent problem of under utilization of capacity in Indian farm sector still there is a serious ...

Author(s) : Sharbani Mukherjee, Kailash Chandra Pradhan 

Cost of Land Degradation in India

This study attempts to make two main contributions to economic and ecological literature in the Indian context. The first one is to compute the economic cost of land degradation in India. The second one is to develop a systematic database on the valuation of terrestrial ecosystem services focuss...

Author(s) : P Dayakar 

Anomaly in Decision Making Under Risk: Violation of Stochastic Dominance Among Farmers in Gujarat, India

Our study investigates farmers' decision making under risk by eliciting their willingness to pay (WTP) for hypothetical risky income distributions. To inquire whether farmers behave differently when gambles are framed as yield risk or price risk, we present these income distributions as those wit...

Author(s) : Thiagu Ranganathan, Sarthak Gaurav, 

Does Weather Sensitivity of Rice Yield Vary Across Regions? Evidence from Eastern and Southern India.

With the objective of assessing climatic impacts at the regional (i.e., subnational) level, past studies employing statistical models have largely followed the approach of uniformly applying the climate response function estimated at the aggregate (national) level to extrapolate/interpolate the impa...

Author(s) : Anubhab Pattanayak, K. S. Kavi Kumar 



Agriculture, also called farming or husbandry, is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi, and other life forms for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinals and other products used to sustain and enhance human life.