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Reorienting India’s Agricultural Policy : Millets and Institutional Change for Sustainability
Author(s): Rajeswari Raina, Srijit Mishra, A Ravindra, Dinesh Balam and Avanth Gunturu, Journal of Ecological Society | February 4, 2022
Sustainability transitions are inevitable if we are to address the multiple crises in and caused by industrial agriculture. Policy changes are often prescribed. But there are few analyses of policy changes and of policy processes that enable sustainable agriculture. This paper discusses the transition from the Union Government supported green revolution in India, built on centralized consolidated agricultural knowledge and policy making, to millets-based programmes in two State Governments (Andhra Pradesh and Odisha). They are in rainfed agriculture, biodiverse, and focus on local and sustainable agricultural production and consumption. A Laswellian in-context policy analysis reveals how the adverse social and ecological consequences of the green revolution in the rainfed agriculture tracts in the country, were key drivers of new institutions or norms, leading up to policy changes. The emergence of a new discourse and significant institutional changes were enabled by new and dispersed sub-national policy makers and regionally differentiated policy processes to address these consequences. As these new policy actors, led by civil society organizations and State Governments create new deliberative practices, marked by the agency of rainfed agriculture and millets, they re-define the policy problem. These decentralized policy processes and knowledge of and in the process are necessary for the transition to sustainable agri-food systems. They demand more academic and public engagement with institutional reform for sustainability.

The Rediscovery of Traditional Navadhanya Cropping System at Ananthapuram District, Andhra Pradesh

Validation of the Indigenous Technical Knowledge of Indigenous Livestock Breeding and Management

Ethnographic GIS Mapping of the Seasonal Migration Routes of Mobile Pastoralists of the Deccan Plateau Region of Telangana

Biocultural Diversity and Culture Animals of Mobile Pastoralism – The Biocultural Diversity of Poda Thurpu Cattle Breed of Telangana State, India

The Rediscovery of Traditional Navadhanya Cropping System at Ananthapuram District, Andhra Pradesh

Lessons fromo Millets, Nutrition and Beyond: Peek into Bakeries of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) Data and More

The Economy of a Traditional Mixed Cropping System – A Case Study of Navadhanya Cropping System of Rayalaseema Region

Study on Growth Performance and Production of Singhi and Carps (Rohu) under semi-intensive culture system in rainfed areas of Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh

Locked Out in the Lockdown – To Move or Not to Move – A Pastoralist Dilemma!

Can Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) Ensure Inclusive and Resilient Growth in Rainfed Areas: Convergence Lessons Learned and Way Forward

The Economy of a Traditional Mixed Cropping System – A Case Study of Navadhanya Cropping System of Rayalaseema Region

Reviving knowledge: India’s rainfed farming, variability and diversity

‘Livestock for Development’ in Resource-Constrained Environment: Would Induction of External Buffalo Breeds Help? (Chapter 9)

Rainfed agriculture for an inclusive, sustainable and food secure India

Potential of the system of rice intensification for systemic improvement in rice production and water use: the case of Andhra Pradesh, India

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