Demand for organic basmati rice (OBR), both at home and abroad, coupled with policy reforms in India have given rise to contract farming (CF) production in that nation. OBR production, however, is highly susceptible to weather and pest risks.
Food retailers and manufacturers are increasingly committing to address agricultural sustainability issues in their supply chains. In place of using established eco-certifications, many companies define their own supply chain sustainability standards. Scholars remain divided on whether we should expect such company-led programs to affect change. We use a major food retailer as a critical case to evaluate the effectiveness of a companyled supply chain standard in improving environmental farm management practices.
Importance for organic and chemical free food consumption is growing rapidly. Consumers are ready to pay more money to get a quality food. Farmers need to hold this entrepreneurial opportunity to fasten economic empowerment. One such efforts done by a farmers’ interest group was studied in this perspective. Formation and conduct of the group along with the group dynamics of the group members was studied and presented in this paper.
The paper presents empirical evidence from ADBI studies which outlines the positive contributions of organic agriculture in fostering gender equality and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The sixth volume of the Report of the Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income (DFI) examines the actionable strategies and practices to achieve sustainability in agriculture. Sustainability, of productivity and production, is critical in ensuring viability and consistent growth in both farm production and income.