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Using the recent rounds of NSS data, this paper evaluates the performance and outreach of India’s public distribution system (PDS) in the rural areas. The results suggest a significant improvement in the performance of PDS in terms of its outreach and offtake.

This publication lists the organizations that have reported that they are using the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI), identifies trends among those organizations in terms of their missions and locations, and provides short case studies on a small number of such organizations.

The paper explores whether one of the largest programs in the world for women’s empowerment and rural livelihoods, the Indira Kranti Patham in Andhra Pradesh, India, has had an impact on the economic and social wellbeing of households that participate in the program.

A recent Lancet article reported the first reliable estimates of suicide rates in India. National-level suicide rates are among the highest in the world, but suicide rates vary sharply between states and the causes of these differences are disputed. We test whether differences in the structure of agricultural production explain inter-state variation in suicides rates.

The world is on the cusp of agreeing new global goals to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as we approach the 2015 deadline for their achievement.

Energy Access and Renewable Energy - a presentation by Dr Satish Balram Agnihotri, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy at Anil Agarwal Dialogue 2014: Energy Access and Renewable Energy, February 27-28, 2014, New Delhi.

India’s 2005 National Rural Employment Guarantee Act creates a justiciable 'right to work' by promising up to 100 days of wage employment per year to all rural households whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. Work is provided in public works projects at the stipulated minimum wage. 

The fact that the Gujarat government has determined Rs 10.8 a day for rural areas as the cut-off for the poverty line in the state has raked up a controversy.

Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government for its “mockery” of poverty, the Congress reminded the Opposition party of how it had trashed the Planning Commission's poverty line cut-offs of Rs 32 and Rs 28 a day in urban and rural areas, respectively, as a “joke”.

Focusing on the productivity of the agricultural sector to lift the incomes of smallholder farmers is one of the most direct routes to addressing rural poverty and India can raise farm yields by rebalancing investment and making targeted reforms in the agricultural sector says this new report by McKinsey Global Institute.

Using data collected from the evaluation of two government land titling interventions in the Indian state of Odisha, this new IFPRI working paper examines key relationships linking land and livelihood strategies.

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