The role of agricultural productivity on non-farm economies in developing countries remains widely debated in the literature.

The Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has been bringing out a publication on "Agricultural Prices in India" regularly. The present issue is the 33rd in the series. This publication gives information on index numbers of wholesale prices, consumer price index numbers for agricultural labour, wholesale and retail prices and world price statistics of various agricultural commodities for the years 2016 and 2017.

The Pocket Book of Agricultural Statistics begun in 2013 as a quick reference guide for all the essential data relating to agricultural sector. This year's pocket book takes forward the continuous endeavor towards improving ready access to key data on agriculture and allied sector. The pocket book includes updated information on key indicators of agriculture and allied sector. In addition, this has been enriched with the status on various new initiatives of the Government, viz., Soil Health Card Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), micro irrigation, etc.

The thirteenth volume of the Report of the Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income (DFI) examines the structural weaknesses and reforms needed in the agricultural system. The discussions in this volume range from recommending reforms in the land policy to declaring a farmer-citizen charter.

Stylized facts set agendas and shape debates. In rapidly changing and data scarce environments, they also risk being ill-informed, outdated and misleading.

NAINITAL: More than 2.26 lakh families of farmers who migrated from the hill districts — since inception of Uttarakhand in 2000 — for survival have been "reduced to manual labourers" in various cit

Irrigated farmland in the country must increase by 19 per cent and availability of quality seeds by 167 per cent if the Centre wants to double farmers’ real income by 2022-23, according to a plan devised by NITI Aayog. The base year for this calculation is 2015-16.

In January 2017, members of the Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Farmers’ Rights, a unit of Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch (MAKAAM), conducted a field study to document the impact of the drought-induced rural distress on woman farmers. The report describes the situation in Tamil Nadu as a “famine”.

Stylized facts drive research agendas and policy debates. Yet robust stylized facts are hard to come by, and when available, often outdated.

The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, pursuant to Council resolutions 6/2, 31/10 and 32/8.

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