The larger public policy on agriculture has remained focused on irrigated areas with rice and wheat as major crops; response to chemical inputs is purported to be higher in these areas to achieve national level security in food grain production.

As the support systems to agriculture are framed in this context, much of the public expenditure and investments are couched in terms of input subsidies to achieve ‘higher productivity’ and in ‘irrigation’ development.

The very design of agriculture policies and programs excludes much of the rainfed areas or where it is successful, extends the logic of intensive irrigation based systems to rainfed contexts.

Program & Policy Pathways

“Larger scale conversion of households in traditional rainfed areas from consumption of millets to rice/ wheat aided by public procurement and subsidized distribution of rice/ wheat through PDS - is a striking example of this anomaly”
Policy Work of RRA network is designed in NATURE, AMOUNT and DELIVERY (NAD) framework. The network seeks differentiated, decentralized and relevant public investment towards Rainfed Agriculture for Inclusive Agricultural Growth in the country