National Conference
November 3-4, 2017 (Friday - Saturday)


St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur in its pursuit of excellence in higher education, is organizing its National Conference on the theme of AGRICULTURE AND RURAL MANAGEMENT:PROSPECTS AND EMERGING ISSUES. India has been predominantly an agriculture-based economy, where more than half of its workforce depends on agriculture for their living. While the share of agriculture in gross domestic product has substantially declined over the years, a similar but rather slow decline has been seen in dependence of workforce on the agricultural sector, resulting in a slow growth in the incomes of those dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. The present National level conference aims to find out solutions to augment India‚Äôs national efforts to address the issues about agriculture and rural sector through holistic and multi-sectoral approaches.

Conference Objective

The main aim of this conference is to provide an open, multi-disciplinary platform for thinkers, academicians, national and international scientists, economists, business leaders, politicians and social activists to debate and share their thoughts, ideas, views and address the challenges faced by India on the topic “Agriculture and Rural Management: Prospects and Emerging Issues”. The conference objective is to provide a platform for a cross section of researchers with varied disciplines contributing applied and analytical papers, which need not necessarily, include econometric modeling. The aim of the conference is also to connect thoughts and experiences on Agriculture & Rural Development and to publish the selected papers in an edited volume. The programme will include keynote addresses, panel discussions by leading experts, presentations by researchers and practitioners, informal conversations and dialogues for mutual enrichment.

Conference Sub-themes

The conference committee, invites original and unpublished research papers from academicians, corporate delegates, research scholars and students addressing the conference theme on one of the following themes:

Agriculture and Finance
Due to inadequate financial resources and absence of timely credit facilities at reasonable rates, many of the farmers, even though otherwise willing, are unable to go in for improved seeds and manures or to introduce better methods or techniques. It can be further divided into following sub-themes:
  1. Agricultural Credit
  2. Microfinance
  3. Agriculture Insurance
  4. Issues on Agriculture Subsidy

Agricultural Marketing
It is important to develop a market intelligence systems which attempts to provide information on prices, arrivals, availability, trends, analysis, laws, etc. it requires a reliable programme which collects and disseminates accurate and useful information in farmer friendly manner. It can be further divided into following sub-themes:
  1. Agro-Industries and Rural Marketing
  2. Agriculture Food Processing and Marketing
  3. Recent Innovations and Use of Technology in Marketing
  4. Trading of Agriculture Produce

Agriculture and Climate Change
Maintaining crop production to feed a growing population during a period of climate change is the greatest challenge we face as a species. It will focus on the likely impact of climate change on crop production, introduction of new technologies and explore approaches to maintain and increase crop productivity for the future demand. It can be further divided into following sub-themes:
  1. Agricultural Growth, Productivity and Production Diversification
  2. Change in Agriculture Technology and Use of Agriculture Inputs
  3. Ecology and Agro Climatic Changes
  4. Environmental Issues and Sustainable Agricultural Production

Rural Management and Inclusive Growth
Issues related to Heath, poverty, employment, income disparities and suicides by cultivators and agricultural labourers have now become general phenomenon in rural India. This unprecedented phenomenon is caused by a multi-dimensional crisis of the rural economy in the post green revolution phase of agricultural development. A combination of economic factors such as, economic hardship of the pauperized peasant households, crop failure, unemployment and indebtedness has pushed the victims to end. This theme can be further divided into following sub-themes:
  1. Health, Malnutrition and Hunger
  2. Farmer Distress, Poverty and Disparities
  3. Employability and Employment Generation in Rural India
  4. Transformation in Farming System

Post Production Issues in Agriculture
With mechanization, input structure of farm sector changes (i.e. increased use of modern inputs such as HYV seeds, biotechnology, farm chemicals, fertilizers, implements, irrigation etc)., leading to corresponding increase in marketed surplus. Technological progress leads to commercialization of the farm economy, and production and consumption linkages get a boost. This also raises the agricultural demand for off-farm services such as trading services, storage, transportation, communication etc. for the distribution and marketing of inputs and outputs. It can be further divided into following sub-themes:
  1. Food Security, Procurement and Changing Consumption Pattern
  2. Agriculture Storage, Supply Chain Management and Transportation Issues
  3. Agricultural Prices and Taxation
  4. Evaluation of Policies for Agriculture Development

Global Scenario and Indian Agriculture
Trade liberalisation would lead to specialisation of resource use in accordance with the regional comparative advantages. However, crop specialisation due to free trade will be guided more by global price signals than long term efficiency considerations. Trade in Agriculture, WTO and Emerging Issues on Agriculture. Due to climate change and globalisation, global food security has become a vital issue. This theme can be further divided into following sub-themes:
  1. Trade in Agricultural Procedure, WTO and Emerging Issues on Agriculture
  2. Terms of Trade and Global Agriculture Prices
  3. Agricultural Growth in Third World and Developed Countries
  4. Global Agriculture Production and Food Security


Note: The conference is open for other humanities and social science subjects and is not confined to the above-mentioned topics. However, all papers/articles should contribute to the central theme of the conference.

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