Agricultural Economics Research Association (India) is organizing its 27th Annual conference on “Changing Landscape of Rural India” during 25-27th September 2019 at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKAUST (K)), Srinagar. The main emphasis of this Conference is to understand the changing landscape of rural India the trends, impact and factors contributing to the change.
Call for Papers
Paper writers may focus on the following with objective evidences.
- Evidence revealed that rural economy is heading towards transformation, albeit at slower pace. The studies may focus on the key structural changes taking place in the rural and Indian economy with respect to the contribution in output, employment, poverty etc. Role of improved agricultural technologies along with agricultural extension also need to be highlighted in bringing the structural changes. The role of rural non-farm sector needs to be highlighted in terms of integrated impacts in generating income and employment to the rural households.
- Rural areas are witnessing varied experiences in terms of feminization of agriculture. Micro-level studies are required to analyse the dynamics of woman employment in agriculture and its implications.
- Education and skill development play an important role in absorption capacity of the non-farm sector. Research on mapping of skill requirement at subnational level, evaluation of on-going skill improvement schemes, etc is required. The studies may also focus on how agriculture and agribusiness education along with creating rural entrepreneurship can enhance rural livelihood opportunities.
- Various rural and social development programs, especially MGNREGS, have contributed in reducing distress, creating infrastructure and accelerating the rural livelihoods. The evidences may be provided on how these programmes have direct or indirect role in increasing wages & employment. The studies may also focus on how implementation of agricultural and rural development programs could be significantly improved.
- The success stories of viable farm mechanization for smallholders and institutional innovations like custom hiring centre, app-based start-ups, dronebased spray of fertilizer, pesticides, etc need to be documented and included in the mainstream planning process. Both positive and negative externalities of farm mechanization need to be examined in the framework of sustainable agriculture.
- Markets and logistics play extremely crucial role in building the rural connectivity and monetisation of agricultural output. Efficient functioning of markets will help driving enhanced welfare for the rural masses. Further, the information dissemination pertaining to technology, price, market, inputs, services etc. have yielded rational/ optimal decision making on the farm. The studies need to draw objective evidences on these. The studies also need to focus on how different price support programme and market intervention in terms of integrated supply chains & value chains have resulted in realisation of better gains?
- Linking processing to production through efficient value chain, contract farming and direct linkage between factory and farm offers considerable scope for rural employment generation as well as raising farmers’ income. Considerable efforts are directed on improving secondary agriculture through value addition, cold chain development, etc. The studies may highlight the use of advanced technologies like artificial intelligence; blockchain technology, etc in addressing the emerging issues in changing environment. The studies may provide success stories by developing and promoting new farm models based on knowledge and skill-based agriculture and post-harvest on-farm value addition.
- The role of rural institutions like Farmers’ Associations, FPOs, SHGs etc may also be highlighted. Studies may also be done to assess temporal and spatial aspects of agro-processing sector in formal and informal sectors with respect to commodities, capital flow and employment generation.
- Various governance initiatives related to land ownership, land leasing, tax etc. enthuse and stimulate other services into rural areas. Studies may highlight what has been the impact of governance initiatives in terms of land management, GST implementation etc.
- A shift from consuming staple crops and pulses towards allied agricultural products is evident, in both physical as well as in value terms. This also indicates that the nutritional status in rural areas is also undergoing a change. The studies may focus on the consumption and nutrition dynamics in rural India.
- Rural credit remains a priority agenda of the government. The studies may focus on the facilitative role of credit in changing rural landscape. The impact of loan waivers on rural and farm economy may also be highlighted.
- Recently Government of India has announced ‘Prime Minister Kissan Samman Nidhi’ for small and marginal farmers as a direct cash transfer. Earlier, similar types of schemes were announced and implemented in Telangana and Odisha. Some empirical analysis of these schemes on assessing constraints in their implementation and their impact on farmers’ income will be helpful for future decision making.
The papers should be submitted by 30th June 2019 to the Chief Editor, Agricultural Economics Research Review online at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and a copy at: email@example.com.
One hard copy should also be sent by post to AERA Office (F-4, A Block, NASC Complex, Pusa, DPS Marg, New Delhi-110 012).
The length of paper should not exceed 15 pages, including abstract, tables, figures, annexures, etc. The abstract of the paper should be in 200-250 words only.
The papers received by the due date only shall be considered for publication in the Conference Issue of Agricultural Economics Research Review either as a full paper or in Abstract form, as recommended by the Review Committee. Dr R.T. Doshi Foundation in consultation with the Agricultural Economics Research Association (India) awards two prizes for the best and second-best papers presented during the Conference.
All the accepted papers are considered for presentation and facilities for power point presentation will be made available at the Conference Venue.