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Droughts, Distress and a Conditional Cash Transfer Program to Mitigate the Impact of Droughtin Bihar, India

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  • Kishore, Avinash
  • Joshi, Pramod K.
  • Pandey, Divya

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Paddy- Bihar's staple crop- is vulnerable to droughts, primarily due to high cost of irrigation. In 2008, Bihar government launched a conditional cash transfer scheme to subsidise diesel for irrigation in drought affected areas. We show that this scheme has not been effective in mitigating the impact of drought on paddy production. A primary survey of potential and actual beneficiaries shows that low awareness and penetration among smallholders, alongside uncertainties and delays in the discursal of the subsidy, make it ineffective. We suggest that in states with limited capacity, such ad-hoc subsidies are unlickely to protect smallholders from weather shocks.

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  • Kishore, Avinash & Joshi, Pramod K. & Pandey, Divya, 2015. "Droughts, Distress and a Conditional Cash Transfer Program to Mitigate the Impact of Droughtin Bihar, India," 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy 212009, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    1. Khan, Md. Tajuddin & Kishore, Avinash & Joshi, Pramod Kumar, 2016. "Gender dimensions on farmers’ preferences for direct-seeded rice with drum seeder in India:," IFPRI discussion papers 1550, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Khan, M.T. & Joshi, P.K. & Khurana, R. & Kishore, A., 2018. "Evolving Watershed Clusters into Drought-Proof, Climate-Resilient Areas: An Impact Evaluation Study in Maharashtra, India," 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia 277385, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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