A Comparative Study of High Performing States in India to Understand Best Practices in Agriculture Extension

(with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

India’s agri-extension services have evolved with its agriculture from a focus on increasing yields via technology transfers and adoption; the extension systems have embraced a more decentralized, participatory, and a demand-driven approach. Still the effectiveness of the investment, technology and access to markets to deliver value to a small and marginal Indian farmer is impaired by constraints and challenges. The proposed study plans to undertake a qualitative and a quantitative analysis of India’s agricultural extension systems with an objective to identify best models practiced in some high performing agri-states for emulation in moderate performing states. This project will go beyond a purely academic exercise and will identify implementable policy-level interventions for better agri-performance in three moderate agri-states of the country (Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar) by learning from the three better performing states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab (Green Revolution Period). The focus of the project will be on fostering agricultural growth in the country by deploying efficient, effective and sustainable agri-extension systems. Higher growth in agriculture, especially of small and marginal farmers, is expected to alleviate poverty faster.

Role of Extension in Agriculture Growth: A review of Indian Landscape and some selected International Experience(Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha)

Role of Extension in Agriculture Growth: an empirical and econometric analysis in selected states (Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha)


Workshop on Studying Drivers of Agricultural Growth in selected Indian States with focus on Role of Agricultural Extension Systems
Date: June 17, 2016
Venue: Maple Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road
Place: New Delhi


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