This volume examines the transitions in Indian agriculture since the 1980s, and emphasizes upon the role of neoliberal policies and their impact. The essays presented here deal with a range of pertinent and contemporary issues, including global food security, livelihoods of agricultural labourers, and public and private investment. These weave together glimpses of the impasse faced by petty commodity producers (marginal and small farmers) and their subsequent economic distress and social exclusion. Comprehensive in analysis, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of agricultural economics, political economy, political science and public policy.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction Part 1: Farm Production, Subsidy and Investment 2. Global Food Security: Issues and Challenges 3. Public and Private Investment in Indian Agriculture: A Study of Inducement Impact and Some Policy Explorations 4. Growth in Fruits and Vegetable Crops: Emerging Trends and Patterns 5. Total Factor Producitivity Growth and its Determinanats in Agriculture: A Case of Karnataka 6. Agricultural Input Subsidy in Haryana: Some Critical Aspects Part 2: Farm Labour, Livelihood Diversification and Non-Farm Employment 7. Determinants of Agricultural Wages: A Panel Data Analysis 8. The State, Labour and Reproduction of Low Wage Space:Experience from Kerala 9. Law, Income and Child Labour in South Asia 10. Diversification of Rural Livelihood in Uttrakhand 11. Agrarian Distress and Rural Non-Farm Sector Employment in India Part 3: Market, Trade and Institutions 12. Nature and Extent of Yield Gaps in Principal Crops in India 13. Performance of Participatory Irrigation Management in Odisha: A Study of Pani Panchayats in Two Irrigation Projects 14. Impact of Organized Retail Channels on Revenue of Farmers: A Case Study of Mother Dairy Centres in Haryana
Parmod Kumar is Professor and Head, Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. He has authored many research volumes and articles in national and international journals. He leads several research projects sponsored by the Government of India and international organizations. He is the editor of the Journal of Social and Economic Development and part of the editorial board of Indian Journal of Agricultural Marketing and Agricultural Situation in India. He was conferred the IDRC India Social Science Research Award for his work on the public distribution system.
S. Mohanakumar is Associate Professor at the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur (IDSJ), Rajasthan, India. Previously he worked as Scientist in the Economics Research Division of the Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam, Kerala, under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. He has taught decentralised planning and development at the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) in Thrissur, Kerala. He is also a social activist and is currently active in the environmental movement against granite quarrying at Mookkunnimala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He writes extensively on the political economy of agriculture, development, wage labour and related issues.