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Agrarian Crisis in India$
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D. Narasimha Reddy and Srijit Mishra

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780198069096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069096.001.0001

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Managing Vulnerability of Indian Agriculture

Managing Vulnerability of Indian Agriculture

Implications for Research and Development

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(p.87) 4 Managing Vulnerability of Indian Agriculture
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Agrarian Crisis in India
Author(s):

Suresh Pal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069096.003.0004

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

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