Impact of Improved Agro-Techniques Towards Food and Livelihood Security

  • S. C. Sarker
  • P. S. Patra
  • G. Mula
  • B. Paramanik
Part of the India Studies in Business and Economics book series (ISBE)


This chapter evaluates the impact of a sub-project on ‘Sustainable Rural Livelihood Security’ (SRLS) that has been in progress since 2008 in four districts of West Bengal (viz. Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda and Murshidabad) under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP). The research process began with development of knowledge-management strategy and progressed further with technology intermediation and simultaneous ownership building activities. Interventions on new crop sequencing, resource conserving technologies and varietal replacement have resulted in 23.25% increase in cropping intensity from baseline value of 142.20%. As cumulative effect of integration of improved crop husbandry, new crop sequencing and replacement of varieties, impressive increase in productivity has been achieved for all major cereals (49.63%), oilseeds (43.02%), pulses (58.44%) and potato (23.85%) to effectively address food insecurity issue of around 64.26% local below poverty line (BPL) families.


Conventional Tillage Livelihood Security Crop Diversification Crop Sequencing Strategic Manoeuvring 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. C. Sarker
    • 1
  • P. S. Patra
    • 2
  • G. Mula
    • 3
  • B. Paramanik
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural EconomicsUttar Banga Krishi ViswavidyalayaCooch BeharIndia
  2. 2.NAIP, Component-3, Department of AgronomyUttar Banga Krishi ViswavidyalayaCooch BeharIndia
  3. 3.NAIP, Component-3, Department of Agricultural EconomicsUttar Banga Krishi ViswavidyalayaCooch BeharIndia
  4. 4.NAIP, Component-3, Department Soil Science and Agril. ChemistryUttar Banga Krishi ViswavidyalayaCooch BeharIndia

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