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Agricultural Development And Rural Transformation Centre (ADRTC)


Insititute For Social and Economic Change

Golden Jubilee National Conference on

Evolving Pathways For Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development

on 12 – 13 January 2023 at ISEC Bengaluru

Organised by

Agricultural Development And Rural Transformation Centre (ADRTC)
Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, India


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AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND RURAL TRANSFORMATION CENTRE (ADRTC) Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation Centre (ADRTC) is one of the Agro-Economic Research Centres (AERCs) established in 1972 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW), Government of India (GoI) with an objective of providing a continuous policy feedback to the Ministry and hence, adheres largely to the research agenda of the MoAFW, Government of India (GOI). In addition, the Centre also carrys out research and investigations in the field of Agricultural Economics in India in general, and Karnataka in particular. Further, keeping in view the research commitments of the Institute and its broader vision, the ADRTC faculty has been focusing on several issues related to agricultural development both at the State and Union levels. The Centre has participated as one of the coordinators, in the Mega Study on Farmers at the Millennium conducted by the MoA&FW, Government of India. At the State level, the Centre has participated in formulating the Agricultural Policy of Karnataka and submitted a report to the WTO Cell and on Farmers’ Suicides in Karnataka. The Centre is playing an active role in drafting Agriculture Chapter in the Karnataka Economic Survey. The Centre has been involved in carrying out impact evaluations of programmes launched by the Government of India. Among others, a recently concluded evaluation of mega programmes includes Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), National Horticulture Mission/ Mission on Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Prime Minister Rehabilitation Programme and so on. Along with planned research activities, the Centre is also engaged in developing outstanding Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) researchers in the area of Economics and Developmental Economics. So far, the Centre has produced 20 plus PhD scholars and are working with renowned institutions both within and outside the country, while making substantial research contributions to the domains of economics, econometrics, developmental economics and environmental economics.


The ADRT Centre proposes to focus on important need-based policy issues in Agriculture and Rural Development while keeping in view the changing complexities. Research carried out by the Centre helps bridge the gap between field-level understanding and the policy formulation undertaken at the implementation level. Farmer-centric approach towards research and grounding research in the public policy are the underlining goals of the Centre. The mission of the Centre is to make farmers self-reliant and add to a better understanding of the welfare orientation of the policy.


As a policy feedback Centre of the MoA&FW, Government of India, the ADRT Centre always has a strong policy focus with the faculty of the Centre focusing on several burning issues relating to agriculture right from the 1970s. The number of projects completed decade wise are presented in Figure 1(a). To date, the Centre has completed more than 220 projects with an average of 4-5 annually. It is noticeable that each decade has witnessed a progressive increase in the number of projects completed. These projects completed over a period of time have alco been categorized on the basis of region-wise i.e., All India, Karnataka State, Southern States (including Karnataka) and the Other States are presented in Figure 1(b). Figures 1 (a) & (b):

Decadal growth of area covered and number of studies conducted by ADRTC during 1976 to 2022

It is observable that out of the total number of projects completed, more than half (52%) of them relate to Karnataka State followed by other States. More specifically, 16 percent of the studies relate to all India level and 31 percent to other than Karnataka states among the studies conducted by the ADRTC since inception.

Similarly, the projects completed by the Centre have been categorized into six major issues/themes based on the research emphasis (Figure 2) such as Dynamics of Agriculture & Allied Sectors and Emerging Issues (36%); Agricultural Policy Monitoring & Evaluation (29%); Agricultural Marketing & Agri Business Innovations (12%); Agriculture & livelihood Security (11%); Climate Smart and Sustainable Agriculture (8%); and Technological Innovations in Agriculture (4%). The themes & subthemes of research done by the Centre are given in Table1.

Figure 2: Theme-wise studies completed by ADRTC

since inception


The specific objectives of the conference are as follows:

  1. To review the past research undertaken by the faculty of ADRT Centre since its inception.
  2. To discuss the research undertaken by scholars from different parts of India on the themes mentioned above.
  3. To obtain the perspective of stakeholders on priority areas of future research of the ADRT Center in consonance with the agenda of the Ministry.
  4. To get the advice, inputs and suggestions from seminar participants on thrust areas of future research of the Centre.

VENUE: Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru.

Table 1: Themes & sub-themes of research carried out by ADRT Centre since Inception

Theme No


Sub Themes

Theme -I

Dynamics of Agriculture & Allied Sectors and Emerging Issues 

a.      Agricultural transformation and Socioeconomic consequences

b.      Regional disparities

c.       Income saving and investment patterns

d.      Emerging trends in agriculture

e.      Farming systems and agricultural productivity

f.        Dynamics of rural transformation

g.      Land use in agriculture

h.      Agriculture budget and expenditure analysis

i.        Agrarian distress

j.        Agricultural labors


Agricultural Policy Monitoring & Evaluation

a.      Impact evaluation of agricultural schemes/programs

b.      Institutional reforms in agriculture

c.       Agricultural policies and legislations in India

d.      WTO and agriculture

e.      Micro initiatives for macro policies

Theme III

Agricultural Marketing & Agri Business Innovations

a.      Price volatility in agricultural marketing

b.      Marketing of agricultural products

c.       Agricultural finance

d.      Subsidies in agriculture

e.      Market imperfection

k.       Agricultural trade

f.        Agri-value chain analysis

Theme IV

Agriculture & livelihood Security

a.      Supply and demand for food

b.      Feed fodder supply and demand

c.       Macro management of agriculture

d.      Seed, feed and waste ratios

e.      Livestock’s production and productivity

f.        Hulling and milling Ratio of major crops 

g.      Pre and post-harvest losses in crops 

h.      Allocation and distribution efficiency of agricultural inputs

Theme V

Climate-Smart and Sustainable Agriculture

a.      Agro-climatic regional planning

b.      Crop diversification

c.       Resource use efficiency

d.      Watershed development

e.      Organic farming

f.        Energy management in agriculture

Theme VI

Technological Innovations in Agriculture 

a.      Adoption and impact of agricultural technologies

b.      Farm machineries

c.       Digitization in agriculture

d.      Agricultural extension services 

e.      Agriculture and irrigation

Theme No Themes Sub Themes Theme -I Dynamics of Agriculture & Allied Sectors and Emerging Issues a. Agricultural transformation and Socioeconomic consequences b. Regional disparities c. Income saving and investment patterns d. Emerging trends

Conference Method

Conference is scheduled for two days. The focus of the conference will be on the research conducted by ADRT Centre, wherein the faculty of ADRTC will present a synopsis of past research milestones, followed by discussion and deliberations by the participants, including the officials of MoA&FW (Sponsoring Agency). The speakers/ academicians/ bureaucrats/ practitioners/ experts will deliberate and guide the future course of research at the ADRT Centre. A special invitation will be extended to the former faculty and alumni of ADRTC for their active participation in the conference.

In continuance, we are also inviting the original research papers on the major themes mentioned above (Table 1). “The above themes are only indicative. We invite papers from other allied areas of Agricultural Economics as well.” The authors of shortlisted extended abstracts (1000 words) will be invited to submit full paper and considered for presentation in the conference. The select papers will be published as an edited book volume by a reputed publishing house. The objective of the conference will be to evolve a pathway for sustainable agriculture and rural development in the country.

Accommodation and Travel Support:

One outstation author per selected paper presenters will be provided with accommodation and travel support (air fare- economy class against original tickets).

Who can participate:

Eminent scholars, global food experts/ scientists/research scholars/ academicians of Agro-Economic Research Centres/Units of MoA&FW, top officials of MoA&FW, bureaucrats of GoI and GoK, Agriculturists/ economists/ practitioners /environmentalists/ industrialists and innovative farm youth/farmers.

Submission Procedure:

Abstracts of original research papers covering the thematic areas are invited to be submit (1000 words) research objectives, methodology and major findings clearly mentioned, by 12th December 2022, to Intimation regarding shortlisted abstracts will be sent by 15th December 2022.

Revised dates:

Submission of abstracts : 18th December 2022

Intimation regarding shortlisted abstracts : 23rd December 2022

Coordinating Centre:

Agriculture Development and Rural Transformation Centre (ADRTC)
Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC)
Nagarabhavi, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India – 560072

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