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How Lives ChangePalanpur, India, and Development Economics$
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Himanshu, Peter Lanjouw, and Nicholas Stern

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806509.001.0001

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Changing Activities, Changing Markets: Agriculture

Changing Activities, Changing Markets: Agriculture

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How Lives Change


Peter Lanjouw

Nicholas Stern

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines in detail the process of agricultural development in Palanpur over seven decades. It identifies the factors that have played a significant role in shaping this process. The chapter shows that the evolution of agriculture in Palanpur involved, and was shaped by, the interactions amongst multiple factors, including demographic change, expansion of irrigation, intensification of cultivation, changing cropping patterns, farm mechanization, growing non-farm employment, marketization of factors of production, and improvements in formal credit supply. The importance of interactions between agriculture and non-agriculture, as well as within agriculture, is highlighted with respect to changing cropping patterns and intensification of mechanization and irrigation. It is also seen in institutional dynamism such as, for example, the emergence of new forms of tenancy. In providing a structured description of the changing contours of agriculture, important insights are obtained into how lives and livelihoods have changed in Palanpur.

Keywords:   irrigation, cropping patterns, farm mechanization, non-farm employment, credit

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