From a country plagued with chronic food shortage, the Green Revolution turned India into a food-grain self-sufficient nation within the decade of 1968-1978. By contrast, the decade of 1995-2005 witnessed a spate in suicides among farmers in many parts of the country. These tragic incidents were symptomatic of the severe stress and strain that the agriculture sector had meanwhile accumulated. The book recounts how the high achievements of the Green Revolution had overgrown to a state of this ‘agrarian crisis’. In the process, it also brings to fore the underlying resilience and innovativeness in the sector which enabled it not just to survive through the crisis but to evolve and revive out of it. The need of the hour is to create an environment that will enable the sector to acquire the robustness to contend with the challenges of lifting levels of farm income and coping with Climate Change. To this end, a multi-pronged intervention strategy has been suggested. Reviving public investment in irrigation, tuning agrarian institutions to the changed context, strengthening of market institution for better farm-market linkage and financial access of farmers, and preparing the ground for ushering in technological innovations should form the major components of this policy paradigm.

chapter 1|7 pages


ByBinoy Goswami

chapter 2|21 pages

Indian agriculture after the Green Revolution

An overview
ByKirtti Ranjan Paltasingh, Phanindra Goyari, Kiril Tochkov

chapter 3|17 pages

Rental market of agricultural land

Changing context and need for tenancy reform
ByBinoy Goswami

chapter 4|17 pages

Emerging factor markets in Indian agriculture

Water and rental of capital goods
ByAnup Kumar Das, Jitu Tamuli

chapter 5|15 pages

Implications of credit-insurance interlinked contracts

An evaluation of crop insurance schemes in India
ByPravat Kumar Kuri, Arindam Laha

chapter 6|18 pages

Transition of agricultural marketing in India

ByRajib Sutradhar

chapter 7|16 pages

Irrigation in India

The post-Green Revolution experience, challenges and strategies
ByMrinal Kanti Dutta

chapter 8|18 pages

Technology adoption in Indian agriculture and its determinants

An inter-state analysis
ByBibhunandini Das, Amarendra Das

chapter 9|22 pages

Trade liberalization and Indian agriculture 1

BySmitha Francis, Anirban Dasgupta, Murali Kallummal

chapter 10|16 pages

Indian agriculture through the turn of the century

Gathering stress and farmers’ distress
ByM. P. Bezbaruah, Mofidul Hassan

chapter 11|15 pages

Shift of rural work force from farm to non-farm employment

Some determinants
ByUpasak Das, Udayan Rathore

chapter 12|15 pages

Environmental consequences of the Green Revolution in India 1

BySurya Bhushan

chapter 13|18 pages

Climate change and Indian agriculture

Impacts on crop yield
ByRaju Mandal, Hiranya K. Nath

chapter 14|11 pages

The way forward

ByM. P. Bezbaruah