CPR Dialogues 2020- What Would Happen if We Were to Believe in Indian Agriculture?

11 March 2020

Watch the full video (above) of the panel discussion on ‘What Would Happen if We Were to Believe in Indian Agriculture?’ featuring Saurabh Garg (Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment, Government of Odisha); Harish Damodaran (Rural Affairs and Agriculture Editor, The Indian Express); Ajay Vir Jakhar (Chairperson, Bharat Krishak Samaj); Ramesh Chand, (Member, NITI Aayog) and moderated by Mekhala Krishnamurthy (Senior Fellow, CPR).

What would happen if we were to actually believe in Indian agriculture? This panel was an invitation to revisit and revise our assumptions about the vast potential of Indian agriculture, instead of treating it as a residue, a stalled structural transformation, a subsistence industry that requires only income support, or a buffer stock strategy for foodgrains. Here, we seek to place agriculture, its linkages and its multiplier effects at the centre of India's economic development and to consider therefore the nature and scale of public investment, institutional support, knowledge resources and partnerships needed to transform agricultural outcomes and impact in India.

The panel was organised as part of the second edition of CPR Dialogues, held on 2nd and 3rd March 2020 at the India Habitat Centre. Addressing the theme of Policy Perspectives for 21st-century India, CPR Dialogues 2020 provided a window to the India of the future. Experts from around the country and the world engaged with and debated these very significant development and policy challenges that India faces in the coming decade.

ThePrint India was the digital partner for the event.

An article on the state of Indian agriculture, written by Mekhala Krishnamurthy in ThePrint can be read here.

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Videos of other panel discussions organised as part of CPR Dialogues 2020 can be found below:

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