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  • Blog post

    Collective action for environmental health: Evidence from sanitation in rural India

    Access to and sustained use of improved household latrines have long been both a challenge as well as a policy priority in India, particularly in rural areas. Recognising the importance of social mechanisms that underlie household sanitation choices, this study utilises experimental games conducted in rural Bihar and Odisha, to examine how social factors, such as gender,...

    14 Jan 2021 | Emily Pakhtigian, Subhrendu Pattanayak

  • Event

    IGC India online event: Portraits of power- A conversation with N. K. Singh

    N.K. Singh’s book ‘Portraits of Power: Half a Century of Being at Ringside’ is a personal narrative which highlights India’s changing role at the global and national economic landscape over the years. It also reflects the multitude of institutions that work in tandem to create the economic and policy environment in the country. N.K. Singh’s book gives us an...

    15 January 2021

  • Project

    A synthesis of evidence on take home rations

    According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) in 2015-16, 38.4 percent of children in India under the age of five are stunted, i.e., have impaired growth and development. This rises to 41.2 percent in rural areas, ranking India 134th out of 151 countries. Devoting public resources to reducing micronutrient deficiencies in children is essential for improved health...

    11 Jan 2021 | Sudha Narayanan

  • Blog post

    The conundrum around India’s new agricultural reforms: Where do farmers stand?

    While the recent agricultural reforms in India have been hailed by some experts as a much-needed move towards privatisation and liberalisation of the sector, there is also a concern amongst some that the opening up of the agricultural market may also lead to corporate cartelisation. Additionally, critics have pointed out the procedural inadequacy of the reforms and how many...

    21 Dec 2020 | Bijeta Mohanty, Kumar Das

  • Event

    Putting farmers first

    This year the pandemic has resulted in a wave of disruptions across people’s lives and their livelihood. And in recent times the focus on the agriculture sector in India has been of particular interest due to the impact of lockdown and the new agricultural reforms. There is a conundrum observed around the recent announcements of agriculture reforms with regard to the...

    21 December 2020

  • Project

    Informal workers and labour market risk during COVID-19 in India

    Informal work, such as through casual, temporary, and contract work, is a defining feature of labour markets in many developing countries and more recently in developed countries. India has one of the highest shares of informal work in the world, estimated to be between 75-90 percent of all workers. It typifies the current concerns over informal workers suffering...

    10 Dec 2020 | Stephen Machin, Swati Dhingra

  • Project

    Do farmers’ ability and community networks matter in agricultural adaptation to climate change? A case study of Bihar

    The consequences of climate change have led to significant implications for agricultural productivity. Most especially in poorer Indian states such as Bihar, where farmers rely on traditional agricultural practices, have less room-to-maneuver in response to climate uncertainty – and the resulting changes to overall agricultural productivity. Although, mitigation and...

    10 Dec 2020 | Meeta Keswani Mehra

  • Project

    Food security during pandemic times: Insights and perspectives from rural Bihar

    COVID-19 and the government-enforced lockdown has adversely impacted peoples’ livelihoods. The impact of the lockdown is very severe in the rural areas due to closures, restricted farming, and other economic activities. In a poor state like Bihar where nearly 90 percent of the population lives in rural areas and out-migration numbers are extremely high, the flow of...

    10 Dec 2020 | Sunil Kumar Mishra, Aditi Madan, Swati Dutta

  • Blog post

    The growing concern around violence against women in India – Where do we stand?

    Violence against women is rampant in India, hinders educational attainment and earnings potential, and has significant economic and social costs. COVID-19 has exposed the fault lines of gender equality, with increases in the incidence of domestic violence during lockdown. Social programmes to sensitise men and boys on gender-related issues, and community-level platforms...

    25 Nov 2020 | Kumar Das, Bijeta Mohanty

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    When women eat last: Discrimination at home and women’s mental health

    In Bihar, Jharkhand, and Maharashtra, India, it is common for women to eat after men in their households.  Eating last is negatively associated with women’s mental health, even after accounting for differences in socioeconomic status across households.  Additionally, eating last may be associated with worse mental health because it leads to worse physical...

    24 Nov 2020 | Payal Hathi, Diane Coffey, Amit Thorat, Nazar Khalid