Women are major stakeholders in India’s agriculture. In 2011, women constituted nearly half (46.2 percent) of all agricultural laborers and one-third (32.9 percent) of all cultivators in India.
IFPRI recently organized a five day study tour on contract farming and value chain analysis in India for a delegation from Nepal. The program was designed to analyse the conditions for success of contract farming and to assess the business environment for contract farming. The study tour aimed to demonstrate the benefits of contract farmingRead more
Over the years, agriculture mechanization has helped to increase production and profitability, improve the use of inputs, reduce the costs of production, and assist in income-building and employment opportunities. Punjab, characterized by smallholder farmers, is a highly mechanized state. Custom hiring services (CHS), an important mechanism through which most small holders can access services ofRead more
The dualistic (formal and informal) dairy sector in India—characterised by poor infrastructural facility for procurement, processing, transportation, and marketing—provides a lot of scope for malpractice. The very first national survey on adulteration of milk by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, conducted in 2011, found that 70 percent of the sample did notRead more
Konark Sikka is an intern with IFPRI- South Asia office Smallholders form the core of the agricultural system in India. Yet, they are marginalized and their problems overlooked. They face rising wages, rural-urban migration as well as growing market and climatic risks. In order to deal with these complex challenges, a “one size fits all”Read more