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Policy initiatives for strengthening rural economic development in India: Case studies from Madhya Pradesh and Orissa

Policy initiatives for strengthening rural economic development in India: Case studies from Madhya Pradesh and Orissa

Dasgupta, N., Kleih, U., Marter, A. and Wandschneider, T. (2004) Policy initiatives for strengthening rural economic development in India: Case studies from Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. Technical Report. Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, UK.

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Abstract

The purpose of this publication is to present the findings of research concerned with improved understanding and appropriate policy development for the rural non-farm economy (RNFE) in India. The research was undertaken by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) in collaboration with local partners1; with funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) under a collaborative agreement with the World Bank. The two Indian states selected for analysis were Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. Research objectives of this study sought to inform policy on two interrelated topics: 1) sources of farm and non-farm income in rural households; barriers to uptake of non-farm employment; and opportunities which can be translated into policy recommendations; 2) the effect of local governance on the development of the RNFE in particular and rural development in general; and the opportunities for making local governments more responsive to local needs.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Additional Information: [1] ISBN: 0-85954-558-X [2] Funding: This publication is an output from a project funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) under the DFID/World Bank Collaborative Programme for Rural Development. The views expressed are solely those of the authors and not necessarily those of DFID or the World Bank. [3] Acknowledgements: The authors would like to thank the members of the rural communities, the private enterprise sector, and the local government institutions of Madhya Pradesh and Orissa for their patient and willing participation, for without their contribution, this study would not have been possible. We are indebted to the following organizations for their collaboration during the different phases of this research project: ActionAid, Cirrus Management Services, Centre for Youth and Social Development, Debate and Samarthan. In particular, the contributions by Richa Som, Yogesh Kumar, Surendra K. Jena, Amitabh Singh, Leena Singh, Amod Khanna, M. S. Ashok, Alok Rath and Gitanjali Jena are gratefully acknowledged. The project also benefited from substantial inputs by N. C. Saxena on policy issues in relation to the non-farm economy. Design of the database and statistical analysis was ably undertaken by Phillip Viegas. Valuable comments on earlier drafts of the paper were provided by our colleagues Junior Davis, Peter Greenhalgh and Felicity Proctor. Last but not least, we would like to thank the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for funding this research through the DFID-World Bank collaborative programme on rural development; Felicity Proctor for her role as overall programme manager; and DFID-India for their support and frank exchange of ideas.
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural, economy, development, India, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, non-farm employment
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
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Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 14:27
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11518

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