Landlocked Nepal faces the challenge of low crop productivity due to climate change, depletion of soil fertility, and low fertilizer use. Over the years, there has been a significant shift in the use of inorganic fertilizer in the Terai agro-ecological belt, while use has stagnated in the hill and mountain regions. The low fertilizer useRead more
Seed, fertilizer, and irrigation are the major inputs that drive improvements in agricultural productivity. High-quality seed, alone, contributes a 15–20 percent increase in output levels. For major cereals, the key constraints facing Nepalese farmers are lack of access to high-quality seed and rates of seed replacement of less than 10 percent.
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