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Small Farmers in India: Challenges and Opportunities

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  • S. Mahendra Dev
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    This paper examines the roles and challenges of small holding agriculture in India. It covers trends in agricultural growth, cultivation patterns, participation of small holding agriculture, productivity performance of small holders, linking small holders with markets including value chains, role of small holders in enhancing food security and employment generation, differential policies and institutional support for small holders and, challenges and future options for small holding agriculture including information needs. It also provides lessons from the experience of India on small holding agriculture for other countries. [WP-2012-014]. URL:[http://www.igidr.ac.in/pdf/publication/WP-2012-014.pdf].

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    Paper provided by eSocialSciences in its series Working Papers with number id:5037.

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    Keywords: farmers; India; Small and marginal farmers; food security; livelihoods; value chains; institutions; small holders; agriculture; agricultural growth; cultivation patterns; participation; employment generation; industry; tax reforms; foreign trade and investment; banking and capital markets;

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    1. Birthal, Pratap S. & Jha, Awadhesh K. & Tiongco, Marites & Narrod, Clare, 2008. "Improving farm-to-market linkages through contract farming: A case study of smallholder dairying in India," IFPRI discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 814, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Sarthak Gaurav & Srijit Mishra, 2011. "Size-class and returns to cultivation in India: A Cold case reopened," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India 2011-027, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
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