Innovation in Indian Agriculture: Ways Forward

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Date: December 4-5, 2014
Location: India International Centre
40 Max Mueller Marg
New Delhi – 110003
Contact: Contact N. Chandrasekhara Rao at for more information about conference registration.

This event is by invitation only

The Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), New Delhi and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC convened a two-day international conference in New Delhi on December 4-5, 2014 to explore innovative ways of accelerating development in India’s agricultural sector through productivity growth, higher returns to farming, acceleration of poverty reduction, and the improvement of social and economic welfare in rural India. The objectives of the conference were to (1) highlight research on the impacts of past reforms in Indian agriculture, structural changes in production, consumption and demand, resource degradation and climate change; and (2) analyse policy options for Indian agriculture going forward; and (3) draw on the theoretical and empirical evidence on agricultural development from other countries and regions.

The conference was built around plenary and parallel sessions that allowed participants to present original research, share innovative ideas, and deliberate openly on pressing issues. Sessions were organized around the following theme areas:

1. Policy processes and the political economy of agricultural development
2. Private investment in markets for seeds, nutrients, water, and other inputs
3. Connecting farmers, firms and consumers through commodity markets, value chains, and value-added products
4. Gender dimensions of a changing agricultural sector
5. Technological change, innovation, and incentives in the scientific research community
6. The nexus between environmental sustainability and agricultural intensification

The conference brought together academicians from India and abroad, policymakers, donor agencies, private firms and industry organizations, and civil society.

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