This book locates the malignant causes behind the factors leading to farmers’ suicides in India. It argues that not only a combination of innovative managerial and economic policies is required to make farming profitable, but also food production within the carrying capacity of soil, water, forests and economic and social resources must still be maintained. It brings together diverse themes, such as farming development and suicide statistics, as well as the developmental inertia evident in farmers’ welfare policy history. The book stresses the need to go beyond the narrow crop economics of minimum support price utility and towards recognizing the farm household economic nature of farming, reinventing the uniqueness of farmers as a productive class engaged in converting cosmic elements into food and adopting the budgetary support approach to bail out the farmers from the suicidal, debt-multiplying, production support approach.

Lucid and topical, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of political studies, political sociology, agricultural economics, political economy, public policy, sociology, agrarian and rural development studies, as also to policy analysts, governmental bodies and civil society activists.

part 1|50 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

Demystifying farmers’ suicides

chapter 2|16 pages

The farmers’ suicides horror statistics

chapter 3|8 pages

Are farmers’ suicides a growth tragedy?

chapter 4|11 pages

The Indian farmer now and then in Godan

part 2|88 pages

Probing into the matter

chapter 7|22 pages

An outcome analysis

X-raying farms in India

chapter 8|26 pages

The National Policy for Farmers 2007

An Action-Impact Matrix analysis

part 3|53 pages

Beyond surveys and their findings

chapter 10|16 pages

The core areas of concern

chapter 11|14 pages

The welfare focus

chapter 12|13 pages

The socio-philosophical insights

chapter 13|8 pages

Farmers’ suicides in Australia

part 4|23 pages

Humanizing farm economics

chapter 14|5 pages

Redeeming agriculture’s inviolability

chapter 15|10 pages

Crop viability or household viability?

chapter 16|6 pages

Triple bottom-line farming

part 5|32 pages

Innovative economic policy

chapter 17|8 pages

Innovative managerial solutions

chapter 19|8 pages

Farmers’ budgetary plank approach

chapter 20|6 pages

Conclusions and policy prescriptions