First published in 1979, Education, Innovations, and Agricultural Development investigates the effect of education on agricultural productivity and innovations that took place in the wake of the Green Revolution in North India, using a simultaneous equations model. The Green Revolution of the 1960s, with its twin aims of raising production and improving the quality of input, was expected to induce a majority of farming families to respond to policies and programmes devised for bringing about development in agricultural sectors.
Focusing on the wheat-growing areas of Punjab and Haryana, where high yielding varieties of seed have been introduced extensively, it shows that general education up to secondary level has a significant impact on the diffusion of technology and agricultural productivity and that higher production in turn increases the demand for education. This book deserves to be read by all concerned with development in Asian countries; agriculture; developmental economics; and educationists.
Table of Contents
Foreword by A. S. Bhalla 1. Farmers’ Education, Innovations, Productivity and Employment 2. Measurement of Educational Impact amongst Self-Employed Persons in Agriculture 3. Education, Innovation and Productivity in Punjab and Haryana Agriculture (1961 – 72) 4. Determining the Causal Chain 5. Education, Entrepreneurship and Farm Business 6. Agricultural Wages, Employment and Workers’ Education 7. An Exercise in Cost Benefit Analysis of Rural Education 8. Conclusions and Policy Implications References Appendix A: Annotated Bibliography of Studies Relating to the Role of Education in Agricultural Production Appendix B: Sources of Data Appendix C: Statistical Tables Index
D. P. Chaudhri