Beyond productivity and populism: Reimagining India's agricultural and rural policies

Conference
Event Speaker: 
Organized by Prof A R Vasavi, Shri P S Vijay Shankar & Dr Richa Kumar
Event Time: 
09:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Event Venue: 
IRD Conference Room, IIT Delhi

BEYOND PRODUCTIVITY AND POPULISM:
REIMAGINING INDIA’S AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL POLICIES

National Conference organised by the Network of Rural and Agrarian Studies (NRAS)
in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi

26-28 September 2019

Sponsored by Ford Foundation, New Delhi

Concerns over the state of rural India, especially agriculture as central to our food
cultures and a key source of livelihood and economy, have grown to become a litmus test for
political strategies. Yet, the diversity of voices and views indicate no clarity on future
directions or the possibilities of resolving the myriad problems that have beset rural India. It
can also be seen that some of the existing and proposed policies are intensifying the problems
and conflicts instead of ameliorating them. Recognising the complexity of the challenges
facing rural and agrarian India and the inadequacy of proposed solutions, the Network of
Rural and Agrarian Studies (NRAS) seeks to tease out the perspectives and players that
undergird dominant policies and paradigms, recognise the inter-linkages between the various
domains (rural-urban, agro-industrial, farm-non-farm), and identify strategies that can lead to
alternative ideas, approaches and pathways in making rural India a democratic and liveable
space.