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Measuring Women’s Self-Help Group Performance in India

The TCI has endeavored to create a metric of group performance that can be used to assess an SHG’s success, resulting in a representative index to score SHG performance. The aim was to ensure that the resulting tool would be flexible and easy to use when comparing multiple SHG typologies and w...

Author(s) : Samyuktha Kannan 

Guidelines for Assessing Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture

This manual discusses how the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) can be operationalized in a field setting using TCI’s experience of incorporating the index within a larger household survey in the Chandrapur District of Maharashtra. This was the first time that the WEAI was applied in...

Author(s) : Soumya Gupta 

Spatial Analysis: Visualizing Shifts in Indian Agriculture

India’s narrative of the Green Revolution is familiar to agricultural development practitioners. High-yield varieties of wheat and rice introduced in the 1960s, along with access to modern inputs, such as fertilizer and irrigation, doubled cereal production (1). A country that was plagued by f...

Author(s) : Hilary Byerly 

Shaping Favorable Policies to Achieve Food Systems Diversity in India: An Agenda for Action

Indian agriculture needs to move beyond its traditional focus on staple grains to proactively promoting food system diversity. In this policy brief, we propose a five-point pathway to achieve food systems diversity in India.

Author(s) : Vanya Mehta 

Small Farmers and Disruptive Innovation in Food Value Chains in India

Various segments of value chain from consumption to production that includes retailing, wholesaling, logistics, processing and production have been undergoing rapid and unprecedented changes in recent times in the country. This policy brief traces innovations in value chains brought about by ne...

Author(s) : Thomad ` Reardon, Rajib Sutradhar, 

A Dynamic Economic Model of Soil Conservation Involving Genetically Modified Crop.

This paper attempts to model the positive role of cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) crop with its soil-anchoring root-characteristic and use of conservation-tillage technology, in saving organic matter contents in the topsoil and reducing soil erosion. In a dynamic optimization framework...

Author(s) : Arpita Ghose, Amrita Chatterjee 

Analyzing the Water Footprint of Indian Dairy Industry.

Water footprint is a multidimensional indicator, showing water consumption volumes by source and by type of pollution; all components of a total water footprint are specified geographically and temporally. The issue of water scarcity in India is getting serious day-by-day. Water scarcity is fast...

Author(s) : Mohana Mondal, Zareena Irfan 

Strengthening Indian Agriculture- Need for Reforms.

In the past few decades India has seen a sustainable growth in food production and incomes along with growing diversification both in consumption and production. Food security and sustainability our major goals to keep agriculture sector out of a danger zone seems to be have been fulfilled. But t...

Author(s) : Surbhi Mittal 

Impact of Agricultural Related Technology Adoption on Poverty: A Study of Select Households in Rural India

This paper applies a program evaluation technique to assess the causal effect of adoption of agricultural related technologies on consumption expenditure and poverty measured by different indices. The paper is based on a cross-sectional household level data collected during 2014 from a sample of...

Author(s) : Sukanya Das, Santosh Sahu 

Making Rapid Strides-Agriculture in Madhya Pradesh: Sources, Drivers, and Policy Lessons

Agriculture growth in Madhya Pradesh (MP) during the decade long period of 2005-06 to 2014-15 was around 9.7 per cent per annum, which is the highest growth rate registered in agriculture by any major state of India over a ten year period. The last five years have been even more spectacular: agri...

Author(s) : Ashok Gulati, Pallavi Rajkhowa, 

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Agriculture

Agriculture, also called farming or husbandry, is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi, and other life forms for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinals and other products used to sustain and enhance human life.