This book locates the malignant causes behind the factors leading to farmers’ suicides in India. It argues that a combination of innovative managerial and economic policies is required to make farming profitable, while maintaining food production within the carrying capacity of soil, water, forests, and economic and social resources. It brings together diverse themes, such as farming development and suicide statistics, and the developmental inertia evident in farmers’ welfare policy history. The book stresses on the need to go beyond the narrow crop-economics of minimum support price utility to recognizing the farm-household economic nature of farming, reinventing the uniqueness of farmers as a productive class engaged in converting cosmic elements into food, and adopting the budgetary support approach to bail out the farmers from the suicidal, debt-multiplying, production support approach.
Lucid and topical, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of political studies, political sociology, agricultural economics, political economy, public policy, sociology, agrarian and rural development studies, as also to policy analysts, governmental bodies and civil society activists.
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List of Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgements
Part 1: Genesis
1. Demystifying Farmers’ Suicide
2. The Farming Horror Statistics
3. Is Farmers’ Suicide a Growth Tragedy?
4. The Indian Farmer Now and Then in Godan
Part 2: Probing into the Matter
5. Failure of Policy Far Sight or Myopia?
6. Suicide Trends and Conventional Agricultural Outlook
7. An Outcome Analysis: X-Raying Farm India
8. National Policy for Farmers 2007: An Action–Impact Matrix Analysis
9. Farmers’ Suicide and Drought-Prone Districts
Part 3: Beyond Surveys and Their Findings
10. What Should Form the Core Areas of Concern?
11. The Welfare Focus
12. The Socio-Philosophical Insights
13. Farmers’ Suicide in Australia
Part 4: Humanizing Farm Economics
14. Redeeming Agriculture’s Inviolability
15. Crop Viability or Household’s Viability?
16. Triple Bottom Line Farming, not Sustainability Fanaticism
Part 5: Innovative Economic Policy: Beyond Science and Technology
17. Innovative Managerial Solution
18. The Internet-worked Farmers’ Welfare Scheme (IWFW)
19. Farmers’ Budgetary Plank Approach
20. Conclusions and Policy Prescriptions