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Agricultural Growth, Farm Size and Rural Poverty Alleviation in India   
Agricultural Growth, Farm Size and Rural Poverty Alleviation in India
 

C H HANUMANTHA RAO

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2005  Edition         :   ISBN - 81-7188-419-9
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ABOUT THE BOOK :

Internationally recognised expert and one of India’s most distinguished economists, C.H. Hanumantha Rao has contributed immensely to a better understanding of India’s economy. Often quoted over the years, his meticulously prepared research papers and analytical writings have enlightened students, senior researchers and policymakers alike.

It is only most appropriate that a good majority of his relatively less accessible, although academically most relevant, writings are collected, thematically arranged and presented together at one source. The present volume is an humble attempt towards this end along with a recently published ‘companion’ volume entitled “Essays on Development Strategy, Regional Disparities and Centre-State Financial Relations in India.”

Together, these volumes are a perfect tribute to the rare scholarship of this most unassuming, yet most outstanding scholar, on his 75th birthday.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

Professor Chennamaneni Hanumantha Rao is currently Chairman, Board of Governors, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi and Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad. He is also Member, National Advisory Council.

Born in 1929 in Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, he did his graduation from Nizam College, Hyderabad. As an activist of the All Hyderabad Students Union, he participated actively in the freedom struggle. He did his M.A. in Economics from Osmania University, Hyderabad (1957) and his Ph.D from University of Delhi (1962). He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago during 1966-67. He was a Fellow at the Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi (1961-92) and also its Director (1976-80).

In addition to a distinguished academic career, Professor Rao has been at the forefront of several high-level policy making bodies under Government of India. He was a Member, Planning Commission (1982-86); Member, Seventh and Eighth Finance Commission; Member Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (1983-85); Chairman National Commission on Rural Labour (1990-91); Chairman, Technical Advisory Committee on DPAP & DDP, Ministry of Rural Development (1993-94); Member, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (1995-97); Chairman, High Powered Fertilisers Prising Policy Review Committee (1997-98); and Member, Board of Directors, Reserve Bank of India (1994-200)

His publications include "Technological Change and Distribution of Gains in Indian Agriculture" (Macmillan, 1975); "agricultural Growth, Rural Poverty and Environmental Degradation in India" (OUP, 1994); "Andhra Pradesh Development: Economic Reforms and Challenges Ahead" (edited with S. Mahendra Dev, CESS, 2003) and over 100 research papers in academic journals.

Professor Rao has received many awards during his illustrious career. The awards/honours include Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial prize (1974-75), Sri Kambhampati Satyanarayana (Senior) Memorial Award (1998), K.H. Batheja Award (1994), Financial Express Award (1995), Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Philosophy from Srikrishna Devaraya University, Ananthapur (1991) and the Kakatiya University, Warangal (1998), in Andhra Pradesh; and Sri Ravi Narayan Reddy Memorial Award (1994), and Telgu Atma Gaurava Puraskaram (2000). He has been awarded 'Padma Bhushan' by the President of India in 2004.


CONTENTS IN DETAIL :

Introduction
  

I
Agricultural Growth

 
1. Agricultural Performance and Emerging Perspectives
2. Agricultural Policy under the Plans
3. Agricultural Growth and Stagnation in India
4. Problems of Agricultural Production in Kerala
5. Economic Consequences of New Rice Technology: General Comments
6. A New Look at Agriculture in the North-West: How to Overcome Limits to Growth
7. Fluctuations in Agricultural Growth: An Analysis of Unstable Increase in Productivity
8. Fluctuations in Foodgrains Output, 1950-51 – 1979-80: Implications for Policy
9. Unstable Agriculture: Lessons from Current Drought (1987-88)
10. Prospects for Crop Insurance in India: Some Issues for Consideration
11. The Single State Zonal System for Food grains: Increasing Disparities
12. On Indian Agrarian Scene
13. India’s ‘Surplus’ Cattle: Some Empirical Results
14. India’s ‘Surplus Cattle’: Reply
15. Agriculture in India and China: A Comparison
16. Reforming Agriculture in the New Context
17. Economic Reforms, Agriculture and Rural Development
 

II
Farm Size and Tenure

 
18. Farm Size and the Economies of Scale
19. Alternative Explanations of the Inverse Relationship between Farm Size and Output Per Acre in India
20. Uncertainty, Entrepreneurship and Sharecropping in India
21. Farm Size and Yield Per Acre: A Comment
22. Farm Size and Credit Policy
23. Differential Rates of Interest: A Comment
24. Small and Marginal Farmers in the Context of Economic Reforms
 

III
Rural Poverty Alleviation

 
25. Agricultural Growth and Rural Poverty: Some Lessons from Past Experience
26. Strategy for Removal of Poverty: Lopsidedness of Fifth Plan Approach
27. Planning for the Removal of Poverty: Some Issues Concerning Approach and Strategy
28. Amartya Sen and the Empowerment of the Poor
29. Role of NGOs in Rural Development
30. Decentralised Planning for Rural Development: An Overview of Experience and Prospects
31. Job Reservations for Backward Classes
 
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