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To farm or not to farm? Indian farmers in transition

Bina Agarwal and Ankush Agrawal

Global Development Institute Working Paper Series from GDI, The University of Manchester

Abstract: Few studies of agrarian transition examine what farmers themselves feel about farming. Are they cultivating out of choice or a lack of options? What distinguishes farmers who like farming from those who do not: their personal and household characteristics and endowments? The local ecology and regional economy? Or a mix of these and other factors? Understanding farmer satisfaction is important not only for assessing citizen well-being but also for agricultural productivity, since occupational satisfaction can affect a farmer’s incentive to invest and reveal production constraints. Using a unique all-India data set which asked farmers—do you like farming?—this paper provides answers and policy pointers, contributing a little-studied dimension to debates on the smallholder’s future and subjective well-being.

Date: 2016
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