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Transforming Indian Agriculture - India 2040

Transforming Indian Agriculture - India 2040
Productivity, Markets, and Institutions

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Marco Ferroni - Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, Basel, Switzerland

November 2015 | 368 pages | SAGE India
India’s recent performance in agriculture has been favorable, with agricultural production growing over the past 30 years. Yet there is widespread consensus that, relative to the rest of the economy, agriculture is lagging and that it can and must do much better to support india’s overall high economic growth and dynamism.

This book explores the future and presents the audacious question: what could the agricultural sector in India look like 30 years from now and how should it look if it is to successfully meet the needs of the country’s affluent society?

In order to address this question, this book proposes a set of recommendations that should be implemented on a priority basis. These recommendations are as follows: (i) make public programs much more focused and effective; (ii) recognize water as a critical, long-term constraint to India’s agricultural growth and give top priority to significantly improving the efficiency of water use; (iii) promote new high-yield seeds and related technologies, including mechanization, to improve yields and productivity; (iv) improve the effectiveness of agricultural research and extension; (v) support further improvements of the farm-to-market value chain and reduce spoilage; and (vi) improve markets and incentives related to agriculture through reforms of prices, trade, and subsidies.

The vision of what India’s economy in 2040 should and can look like, with an affluent and modern agricultural sector, will require fundamental changes in both the demand and supply sides of Indian agriculture. The vision is based not on projections but on how India’s agricultural sector needs to adapt to match the economy’s progress as a whole. This vision is plausible but it is by no means certain.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia
Marco Ferroni, Harinder S Kohli and Anil Sood
Harinder S Kohli and Anil Sood
Productivity, Markets, and Institutions
Harinder S Kohli and Anil Sood
A Vision of Indian Agriculture in 2040
Harinder S Kohli and Anil Sood
Legacies of the Past and Key Challenges
Harinder S Kohli and Anil Sood
Framework to Achieve India’s Agricultural Transformation
Hans P Binswanger-Mkhize and Kirit Parikh
Annex I.1. National Food Security, Productivity, Irrigation Growth, and Trade—The Model, Assumptions, and Results
Hans P Binswanger-Mkhize
India 1960-2010: Structural Changes, the Rural Non-farm Sector, and the Prospects for Agriculture
Pratap S Birthal, P K Joshi, and A V Narayanan
Agricultural Diversification in India: Trends, Contributions to Growth, and Small Farmers’ Participation
Richard Ackermann
Improving Water Use Efficiency: New Directions for Water Management in India
Marco Ferroni and Yuan Zhou
Review of Agricultural Extension in India
Partha Das Gupta and Marco Ferroni
Agricultural Research for Sustainable Productivity Growth in India
Thomas Reardon and Bart Minten
The Quiet Revolution in India’s Food Supply Chains

The book explores important issues on current status and future prospects of Indian agriculture....This book is useful for agricultural economists, policy makers, development practitioners, scholar and others who have interest in agriculture and economic development policy.

Foreign Trade Review, Vol 48, April 2013

The book will provoke a discussion of longer term policy options in agriculture over the next three decades. This is recommended for students, field demonstrators, extension officials and researchers.

Journal of Rural development, Vol 32, April-June 2013