The peasantry in the Deccan suffered from widespread indebtedness during the 19th century. In March 1881, after touring the rural areas of Poona and Ahmadnagar districts, which were still recovering from the devastations caused by famine and the credit crunch followed by the peasant revolt of 1876-79, Mahadev Govind Ranade proposed the establishment of agricultural-shetkari banks.

One of the outcomes of the neo-liberal policy era is a high incidence of farmers suicides in different parts of the country. These suicides have been occurring not only in drought prone states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra but also in high rainfall states like Kerala or in well irrigated states like Punjab.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan today announced a Rs 6,200 crore farm loan waiver for the 4 million farmers in the state who were not covered by the central government

Banks hesitate in lending to farmers in Uttar Pradesh; fertilizers and seeds in short supply Farmers in Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh know at least one person they can count on in times of doubt or crisis. Manoj Kumar, 30, has been working with farmers for eight years, travelling to villages, discussing their problems, advising them on matters of farming and finance. These days he is

Rising input prices have almost sounded the death knell for the farmer. Is there a way out? A special report published in Down To Earth.

Poor support prices and costly agri inputs make a bad equation for farmers, Savvy Soumya Misra finds out What Mahendra Singh Tikait knows as a farmers

Consumers have no say in the bad plans made in their name mangalore is witnessing fights over water pricing. But beyond politicizing the issue, the protestors themselves are clueless about how the water in their city was priced. The Mangalore Municipal Corporation (mcc) says poor cost recovery is preventing it from delivering the best of services. But facts speak otherwise. An analysis of

For the widows of farmers who committed suicide in Maharashtra, life is a tale of suffering and harassment

The Trade and Development Report 2008, subtitled "Commodity Prices, Capital Flows and the Financing of Investment

Maharashtra in the grip of severest drought since 1972 maharashtra seems to be heading towards a drought-year. On July 9, the state government declared a