Smallholder Farmers in India: Food Security and Agricultural Policy













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RAP publication: 2002/03

R.B. Singh
Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific

P. Kumar
Professor of Agricultural Economics and FAO consultant, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

T. Woodhead
FAO consultant: strategic aspects of rice-based systems


FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand
March 2002


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Table of Contents


PREFACE

ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

I. INTRODUCTION

II. WHY THE SMALL-HOLDER FARMER?

III. SMALL-HOLDER CONTRIBUTIONS TO AGRICULTURE

IV. AGRICULTURAL DIVERSIFICATION ON SMALL FARMS

V. INPUTS FOR SMALL-HOLDINGS: IMPACTS ON FOOD SECURITY AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION

Irrigation
Fertilizers and Pesticides
Implements and Machinery

VI. AGRICULTURAL GROWTH AND TOTAL FACTOR PRODUCTIVITY

VII. NUTRITION AND POVERTY: SMALL-HOLDER FAMILIES

VIII. GLOBALIZED TRADE AND SMALL-HOLDER AGRICULTURE

IX. EMPOWERING THE SMALL-HOLDERS

Off-Farm Employment
Agrarian Reform
Education
An Expanded Role for Information Technology
Development and Diffusion of Appropriate Technologies
Co-operative Farming and Farming Co-operatives
Institutional and Infra-Structural Supports
Risk Management

X. CONCLUSIONS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS

REFERENCES

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