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Agrarian Crisis in India


  • Reddy, D. Narasimha
    (Visiting Professor, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi)

  • Mishra, Srijit
    (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development and Research, Mumbai)


Over the past decade, there has been pervasive crisis in Indian agriculture and farmer suicides here emerged as symptoms of deep-seated maladies that have engulfed Indian agriculture. The book analyses various dimensions of the crises. The macro-dimensions include detailed analysis of structural, institutional, and policy changes; trends in capital formation in agriculture; farmers' indebtedness; and the state of agricultural research and extension. This overview is accompanied by case studies of five states that experienced high and unusual incidence of farmers' suicides. The state- level case studies not only bring out the diversity of conditions but also the common thread of failure of public support systems to agriculture.

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  • Reddy, D. Narasimha & Mishra, Srijit (ed.), 2009. "Agrarian Crisis in India," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195695953.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780195695953

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    1. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt & Mohanraj Adhikari, 2016. "From sharecropping to crop-rent: women farmers changing agricultural production relations in rural South Asia," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 33(4), pages 997-1010, December.
    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 2011-027, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
    3. Srijit Mishra, 2009. "Poverty and Agrarian Distress in Orissa," Working Papers id:2259, eSocialSciences.
    4. Gardner, Katy & Gerharz, Eva, 2016. "Land, ‘development’ and ‘security’ in Bangladesh and India: an introduction," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 84406, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    5. Sripad Motiram & Karthikeya Naraparaju, 2013. "Growth and Deprivation in India: What Does Recent Data Say?," Working Papers id:5279, eSocialSciences.
    6. Anonymous, 2010. "Book Reviews," Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, vol. 65(1).
    7. Narayanamoorthy, A., 2013. "Profitability in Crops Cultivation in India: Some Evidence from Cost of Cultivation Survey Data," Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, vol. 68(1).

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