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Reforming Indian Agriculture

Reforming Indian Agriculture
Towards Employment Generation and Poverty Reduction Essays in Honour of G K Chadha

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June 2018 | 588 pages | SAGE India
This book discusses the past performance and present status of the agricultural sector in India and delineates the challenges faced by it in the era of economic reforms. The effectiveness of some of the existing schemes for agricultural development (price support, credit, marketing, rural/agricultural development experiences) in devising appropriate intervention strategies for agriculture rejuvenation in India is examined.

This book also focuses on the issues of employment, poverty, food, and nutrition. Other aspects of development policy reviewed are those of fostering inter-state cooperation or optimum utilization of resources, privatization policy to mobilize funds for social sector development, and pattern of adoption of improved technologies by small scale industries in India.

Apart from providing macro level analyses, the book incorporates some studies based on micro field data to grasp better the realities pertaining to the Indian agrarian economy.

At a time when India is faced with a deep agrarian crisis and the government is attempting to respond to new challenges, the issues covered in this book will facilitate understanding of the current challenges and fresh interventions needed for a new era of development for faster and more inclusive growth.
Sankar Kumar Bhaumik
Rajesh Mehta and Manmohan Agarwal
India: The State of Its Economy
A Venkateswarlu
Agricultural Development in India: Policies and Performance
Ramesh Chand
Domestic Policy Measures and Challenges in Indian Agriculture
G S Bhalla
Income, Consumption and Expenditure of Farmers: Stunted Capitalist Development in Indian Agriculture
Surinder S Jodhka
The Decline of Agriculture
R S Deshpande
Price Policy and Minimum Support Prices in a Changing Agricultural Economy
Surjit Singh
Agricultural Risks and Public Policy: Cross-Country Experiences
Sukhpal Singh
Contract Farming for Agricultural Development: Review of Theory and Practice with Special Reference to India
Deepak Kumar Mishra
Structural Inequalities and Interlinked Transactions in Agrarian Markets: Results of a Field Survey
H R Sharma
Functioning and Impact of Microfinance: Evidence from Himachal Pradesh
Sucha Singh Gill
When Rural Development Succeeds? Experience from the Two Punjabs and West Bengal
S Hirashima
Crucial Role of Agriculture in Indian Development: A Japanese Perspective
Pradipta Chaudhury
Unemployment in a Traditional Agrarian Economy: Theory and Evidence
T S Papola
Employment in India's Development Strategy
Sankar Kumar Bhaumik
Rural Non-farm Employment, Poverty and Inequality in West Bengal
Firdousi Naher
Combating Poverty and Malnutrition in Bangladesh
S.K Thorat and Joel Lee
Dalits and the Right to Food: Discrimination and Exclusion in Food-related Government Programmes
Gopal Krishan
Imperative of Cooperation among Indian States
Madhu Bala
Privatization of State-owned Enterprises in India
Partha Pratim Sahu
Technological Constraints of Small-Scale Industries in India: Some Evidence from a Field Survey

The essays are all scholarly and authoritative in nature. This book is a timely contribution, when there is widespread awareness of the need to revitalize our agricultural and rural economy, and build a sustainable National Food Security System…. This is an exceedingly well-researched and written publication dealing with the issues ranging from the fatigue of the green revolution to pervasive malnutrition and poverty.

Current Science

This book is a collection of essays contributed by colleagues, friends and students of Professor G.K. Chadha to honour him for his remarkable contribution in the field of agricultural and development economics for a period spanning over four decades, and motivating serious policy-oriented research in India, specifically focusing on issues concerning the well-being of the poorer sections. Chapterisation of the book and sequencing of the articles is very apt….This book will be invaluable for students, researchers and academicians working in the fields of Development Economics, Rural and Agricultural Economics and Development Policy Analysis.

Journal of Rural Development

Scanning agrarian reforms, this collection examines today’s policies and what needs to be done….The sheer weight of research that forms the backbone of each essay makes this book ideal reference material for academicians and students in related fields.


This compilation includes original essays that examine past and current status of agricultural sector in India and delineate the challenges it faces in the era of economic reforms.

Free Press Journal