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Revitalizing Indian Agriculture and Boosting Farmer Incomes

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Presents detailed state level analysis of agricultural performance, farmers’ income and policy recommendations to strengthen the agricultural sector

  • Presents rigorous analysis of the linkage between agriculture, poverty and under-nutrition, drawing upon state level performances and the way forward

  • Investigates the promises of the government in reshaping Indian agriculture, agricultural performance till date, key policy choices, and what more needs to be done to address falling profitability of farming and worsening economic status of the farmers

Part of the book series: India Studies in Business and Economics (ISBE)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxii
  2. About the Book

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Ashok Gulati, Shweta Saini
      Pages 3-8Open Access
    3. Synthesis Chapter

      • Ashok Gulati, Shweta Saini, Ranjana Roy
      Pages 9-36Open Access
  3. Linking Agricultural Growth, Poverty and Malnutrition in India

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 37-37
    2. Linkage Between Agriculture, Poverty and Malnutrition in India

      • Ashok Gulati, Ranjana Roy
      Pages 39-74Open Access
  4. Analysis of Six States

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 75-75
    2. Performance of Agriculture in Punjab

      • Ashok Gulati, Ranjana Roy, Siraj Hussain
      Pages 77-112Open Access
    3. Performance of Agriculture in Gujarat

      • Ashok Gulati, Ranjana Roy, Siraj Hussain
      Pages 113-144Open Access
    4. Performance of Agriculture in Madhya Pradesh

      • Ashok Gulati, Pallavi Rajkhowa, Ranjana Roy, Pravesh Sharma
      Pages 145-174Open Access
    5. Performance of Agriculture in Uttar Pradesh

      • Ashok Gulati, Prerna Terway, Siraj Hussain
      Pages 175-210Open Access
    6. Sources and Drivers of Agricultural Growth in Bihar

      • Anwarul Hoda, Ashok Gulati, Shyma Jose, Pallavi Rajkhowa
      Pages 211-246Open Access
    7. Drivers of Agricultural Growth in Odisha

      • Anwarul Hoda, Ashok Gulati, Harsh Wardhan, Pallavi Rajkhowa
      Pages 247-278Open Access
  5. Taking Agri-GDP to Farmer Incomes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 279-279
    2. Going Beyond Agricultural GDP to Farmers’ Incomes

      • Ashok Gulati, Shweta Saini, Ranjana Roy
      Pages 281-318Open Access
  6. Agricultural Policies and Way Ahead

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 319-319
    2. Indian Agriculture Under PM Modi 1.0 2014–2018

      • Shweta Saini, Ashok Gulati
      Pages 321-351Open Access
    3. Way Forward

      • Ashok Gulati, Shweta Saini
      Pages 353-363Open Access
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 365-372

About this book

This open access book provides an evidence-based roadmap for revitalising Indian agriculture while ensuring that the growth process is efficient, inclusive, and sustainable, and results in sustained growth of farmers’ incomes. The book, instead of looking for global best practices and evaluating them to assess the possibility of replicating these domestically, looks inward at the best practices and experiences within Indian states, to answer questions such as -- how the agricultural growth process can be speeded up and made more inclusive, and financially viable; are there any best practices that can be studied and replicated to bring about faster growth in agriculture; does the prior hypothesis that rapid agricultural growth can alleviate poverty faster, reduce malnutrition, and augment farmers’ incomes stand? 
To answer these questions, the book follows four broad threads -- i) Linkage between agricultural performance, poverty and malnutrition; ii) Analysing the historical growth performance of agricultural sector in selected Indian states; iii) Will higher agricultural GDP necessarily result in higher incomes for farmers; iv) Analysing the current agricultural policy environment to evaluate its efficiency and efficacy, and consolidate all analysis to create a roadmap. These are discussed in 12 chapters, which provide a building block for the concluding chapter that presents a roadmap for revitalising Indian agriculture while ensuring growth in farmers’ incomes.


  • Open Access
  • Doubling Farmer Income
  • Reform Agenda
  • Rural Livelihood
  • Agricultural Products
  • Sustainable Agriculture

Editors and Affiliations

  • Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi, India

    Ashok Gulati, Ranjana Roy, Shweta Saini

About the editors

Ashok Gulati is the Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Prior to this, he was the Chairman of the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP), Government of India. He also served as the Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) for more than 10 years. He is currently on the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX). He has 15 books and several research papers on Indian and Asian agriculture to his credit. He is a prolific writer in the media on agricultural policies, He was honoured with the “Padma Shri” award in 2015 for his contributions to the field.

Ranjana Roy is working as an external consultant at ICRIER. She holds a doctorate degree from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Her areas of research are agricultural economics, poverty, nutrition and development economics. She has published papers in reputed national journals and media articles in widely circulated daily newspapers.

Shweta Saini is an agricultural trade and policy researcher and working as a senior external consultant with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). With close to 15 years of experience in industry chambers, academics and business, she has authored and co-authored several research studies on various topics on Indian agriculture like international agricultural trade, agricultural policy and food security. Her research has been published in various international and national books and as working papers and reports. She is an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.​   

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