ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Impact of Rural Electrification and Infrastructure on Agricultural Changes, 1966-1980

Impact of Rural Electrification and Infrastructure on Agricultural Changes, 1966-1980 Douglas F Barnes Hans P Binswanger Recently questions have been raised concerning whether the tremendous capital investments in rural electrification have had the desired impact on rural areas. This study empirically examines what agricultural impact electricity and other infrastructure improvements have had on 108 villages in three states. The conclusion is that rural electrification has had a direct impact on agricultural productivity through private investment in electric pumps. However, farmers also have made substantial investments in diesel pumps, although at a somewhat slower rate. Also, for villages first receiving electricity there is a substitution of electric pumps for diesel ones. Although rural electrification has had a significant impact on agriculture, there has been no explosive growth as was anticipated by many of the early planners.

Risk Attitudes of Rural Households in Semi-Arid Tropical India

Semi-Arid Tropical India Hans P Binswanger This paper reports the findings of a sequence of risk attitude experiments carried out by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics among 250 farmer and landless labour households in three agroclimatic regions of the Indian semi-arid tropics. The risk attitude experiments form part of a larger research programme carried out by ICRISAT to assess the effects of risk and risk aversion on the agriculture of these regions.
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