Data Brief

Rainfed Agriculture: The Elephant in the Room?

Agricultural production in about 75% of the Indian landmass is dependent on rains. A major portion of the rural population lives in the rainfed areas which harbor the largest concentrations of poverty. This brief gives an account of the geographical spread and the crop distributions of the rainfed agriculture. It shows that the major states of India have most of the rainfed landmass and which produce a huge share of rainfed crops such as millets, pulses, oilseeds and cotton. The data summarized in this brief clearly suggests the need for agricultural strategies and approaches that are likely to be radically different from those of the Green Revolution.

The Price of Plenty and the Harvest of Neglect: Green Revolution, Rainfed Agriculture and Public Investment in Procurement

Agriculture in modern economies is necessarily dependent on government intervention for survival. In India, small regions and selected crops of the Green Revolution tracts consumes most of the resources meant for agricultural investments. Public investment in procurement offers the starkest example of this phenomenon. This data brief looks at the pattern of public investments in procurement of foodgrains in India.

The Production and Consumption Pattern of Millets in Six Rainfed Districts of Odisha, India

The production and consumption patterns of millets, primarily ragi and small millets, in six rainfed districts of Odisha, India are presented in this data brief. While the monthly per capita consumption of millets are above average of the state consumption in 5 of the 6 districts, there is a declining trend of area and production of millets in all the selected districts during 2001 to 2011. The data summarized in this brief recommends the need for regionally differentiated and specific local strategies and solution for the improvements of production and consumption of millets.