Neoliberal Agriculture and Distressed Peasants

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC40 Sociology of Agriculture and Food (host committee)

Language: English

It was emphasized that Neoliberal   agricultural economy will usher fast development and growth and thereby help reduce poverty, malnutrition and inequality in the society. World agriculture was no exception to this process. Research findings on Neoliberalised agriculture reveal the fact that developed countries have benefitted much where as in developing countries the peasants have been exploited, it has caused massive disruption to their lives, livelihoods and family. The Indian agriculture is a case at point. The Liberalization of Indian agriculture has had increased the production of food grain crops and has benefitted a small segment of rich peasantry. But on the contrary the process has caused severe distress, misery and hardship amongst the large section of medium and small peasants who are unable to cope with the situation and commit suicide. The 2014 data  shows that five thousand one hundred seventy-eight peasants have committed suicide of which four hundred seventy-two are women.  The peasants are still committing suicide and no solution to tackle this problem has ever thought of or nearer at scene. There could be no exception of this fall out in the neighboring countries whose agriculture structure resembles to that of India. The emerging situation has caused worries among the planners and policy makers. The aim of this session is to debate on to what extent the Neoliberlised agriculture will serve the interest of small and medium peasants in long run and save their lives from distress and committing suicide.
Session Organizers:
Bishnu Charan BARIK, SRTM University, Nanded, Maharasthra,INDIA, India and Subir Kumar BARDHAN ROY, Centre For Strategic Studies, India
Oral Presentations
Farmers' Suicides in Punjab:an Individual Act or a Social Fact?
Agrarian Crisis and Suicides in Post-Liberalized Era: The Case of Indian Punjab
Gunjan SETIA, Bhag Singh Khalsa College for Women, Kala Tibba, Abohar, India
Farmer Suicides in Odisha, Eastern India
Papesh K. LENKA, Pondicherry University, India
Farmers’ Suicides in Marathwada Region (India):Understanding Causes and Remedies.
Dilip KHAIRNAR, Deogiri College, Aurangabad(M.S.), India; Kiran KHARAT, Deogiri College, Aurangabad, India
Politics of Demonetization: Its Effect on the Village Economy in India.
Maitreyee BARDHAN ROY, Diamond Harbour Women University, India
Distributed Papers