Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

Infosys Chair for Agriculture, Value Chains, Food Security and Trade

 

 

Infosys Chair for Agriculture, Value Chains, Food Security and Trade

(With Infosys Foundation)

 

Growth in Indian agriculture is critical to meet rising demand for food, feed and fiber for a large and growing population that is likely to exceed that of China by 2030. With rising urbanization, from 400 million urbanites today to expected 600 million by 2030, it is going to be a major challenge and an opportunity to build food value-chains linking farms in rural areas to urban centers of demand. Moreover, in a fast globalizing world these value chains need to be efficient and competitive, and also consistent with the trading rules under WTO.

 

Agri-growth is also critical to reduce poverty at a faster pace than has been the case so far; and if ‘growth with inclusiveness’ in India has any meaning, as is the objective of India’s XII Five Year Plan (2012-17), it must accelerate growth in agriculture beyond four per cent per annum, as agriculture engages largest share of work force.

 

Given this critical importance of agriculture, the major objectives under the Project will be: to map the nature of agricultural growth since 1990s; identify the key drivers of this growth; based on the analysis, recommend policies to boost growth in the sector; study functioning of agri-markets, logistics, agri-processing industry, and retailing; make Indian value chains globally competitive and inclusive to mainstream India’s small holders as well as processors and retailers; and study NFSA and the involved operational and systemic challenges, and explore what new technologies like IT through UID, or bio-technology through bio-fortification, can offer to tackle the gigantic problem of food and nutritional insecurity in India. Apart from this the work under the Chair would also involve the study of the various facets of agri-trade with a view to make Indian agriculture a globally competitive sector, and also help India in agri-trade negotiations.

 

ONGOING PAPERS:

  1. From Plate to Plough
  2. Missing Calories: Is NSSO Data Underestimating Consumption Figures?

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 27 Nov
    ICRIER - IHC Conversation Series: Urban Travel in India: Problems, Opportunities and Challenges"

    Place : New Delhi By invitation only

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  • 23 Nov
    IARIW-ICRIER Conference on “Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income, Inequality"and Poverty in South Asia”

    Place : New Delhi By invitation only

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  • 05 Jul
    VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT:" RESEARCH FELLOW (URBANISATION & CLIMATE CHANGE) "
  • 29 Jun
    SURVEY: Competition Issues in India’s Mobile Handset Market, we request you to spend a few minutes participating in this survey. This will be used for analysis that will feed into "policy recommendations for the sector Click here "
  • 29 Jun
    SURVEY: Online Freelancing: Challenges and Opportunities for India, we request you to participating in this survey. This will be used for analysis that will feed into "policy recommendations for the sector Click here "
  • 19 Apr
    VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT:" Chair Professor of Urbanization "
  • 18 Sep
    VACANCY:" Requires 9 motivated researchers for its large Agri-programme "