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Managing Vulnerability of Indian Agriculture

Suresh Pal

in Agrarian Crisis in India

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780198069096
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080472 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069096.003.0004
Managing Vulnerability of Indian Agriculture

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There are three key issues that must be addressed when it comes to public investment in agricultural research and development: whether public funding is sustained over time, whether the funding is sufficient to meet emerging challenges, and whether the allocation conforms to development priorities. This chapter analyses the extent of investment, institutional structure, and orientation of research programmes in the context of minimizing the vulnerability of agriculture in India. It examines the trends in public investment in agricultural R&D and its regional allocation. As a case study of improved technology, the chapter discusses developments in the seed industry and their implications for unfavourable production environments. It concludes by assessing the policy implications for making R&D sensitive to the vulnerability concerns.

Keywords: India; agriculture; agricultural research and development (R&D); public investment; agricultural infrastructure; seed industry; agricultural distress; small farmers

Chapter.  6484 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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