Despite rich in natural resources such as water, fertile soil, mineral reserves and sun, Bihar and Odisha have not been able to capitalize upon their vast resources due lack of infrastructure (like roads, power and markets), concentration of the poor population with high density in most parts, weak institutions (such as credit, insurance, education and extension) and weak governance.
Bihar recorded only 122 mm of rain in the month of June this year against the normal 169 mm—a deficit of 28 percent. IMD reported deficient or scant rains in 23 of the 38 districts and it had ruled out the possibility of good rainfalls till July 17th. This is the sixth year of irregularRead more
Cross-posted from the FSP India website written by Rachel Kohn The increasing frequency of altered rainfall patterns in India has heightened the vulnerability of the agricultural sector, already susceptible to rainfall-related volatility. The impact extends beyond macroeconomics and into the households and lives of hundreds of millions of people. In Bihar, for instance, the poorestRead more
Konark Sikka is an intern with IFPRI- South Asia office Over the years investments in food and nutritional security have shown significant improvement in Bihar, but year-to-year fluctuations in agricultural production aggravated due to climate change, infrastructure problems, and slow progress in nutrition improvement have hampered the translation of investments into
Konark Sikka is an intern with IFPRI- South Asia office A recent article in Economic & Political Weekly on The New and Changing Roles of Cold Storages in the Potato Supply Chain in Bihar, examines the role cold storages play in the potato supply chain in Bihar. Over the last few years, cold storage has rapidlyRead more