Who Will Feed India? The Political Economy of India’s Agricultural Policies and Implications for the Future
India’s population will soon be larger than China’s, economic growth is averaging 7 to 8 percent, and cities are expanding rapidly. Growing food, feed, and fiber needs are increasing pressure on India’s agriculture.
With limited land and falling water tables, can India produce enough food for her population or will the country become a major importer of food? What agricultural policies has India been following? And what have been their impacts, especially on poverty, malnutrition, and farmers’ incomes?
This presentation and panel discussion will look at the challenges and opportunities ahead for Indian agriculture and examine how agricultural policies have hindered the changes needed in the sector. A tectonic shift in food and agricultural policies is overdue if India is to remain a competitive producer of agricultural goods, improve the livelihoods of India’s small farmers, and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Welcome and Moderator
- Marshall M. Bouton, Acting Director and Visiting Scholar, Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), University of Pennsylvania; President Emeritus, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
- Ashok Gulati, Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
- Joe Glauber, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
- Devesh Kapur, Starr Foundation Professor of South Asian Studies and Director of Asia Programs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
- Uma Lele, International Policy Expert, President Elect, International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)