The purpose of this report is to present the findings of research concerned with improved understanding and appropriate policy development for the rural non-farm economy in India.Research objectives seek to inform policy on two inter-related topics:
- Sources of farm and non-farm income in rural households; barriers to uptake of non-farm employment; and opportunities which can be translated into policy recommendations
- The effect of local governance on the development of the rural non-farm economy in particular and rural development in general; and the opportunities for making local governments more responsive to local needs.
Dasgupta, N.; Kleih, U.; Marter, A.; Wandschneider, T. India: Policy Initiatives for Strengthening Rural Economic Development: Case Studiesfrom Madhya Pradesh and Orissa, India. Synthesis Paper. Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, UK (2004) 63 pp. [NRI Report No: 2770]