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

Articles By V S Vyas

Crop Insurance in India

The National Agricultural Insurance Scheme is vital for providing insurance cover to farmers, across regions, across seasons and across crops. This paper comprehensively reviews the NAIS and suggests changes to make it more effective. The paper is based on a detailed analysis of exhaustive data for 11 crop seasons, covering the rabi season of 1999-2000 onwards up to the same in 2004-05. Field investigations were also conducted in Haryana, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to assess the response of farmers, bankers and other stakeholders. The authors also rely on discussions with knowledgeable persons like government functionaries from the department of agriculture, bankers, academicians and farmer representatives in Nagpur, Jaipur and Hyderabad.

Ensuring Food Security

Though concepts of food security have acquired a variety of interpretations, it acquires a meaning where it also connotes nutritional security at the household level. Nowhere in developed and in the developing world has this notion become operationalised. Ensuring nutritional security requires that the three vital institutions - the state, the market and civil society, each recognises its own role and responsibility in warding off hunger, and ensuring food security.