With the formation of WTO, a new international economic world order came into being. This has greatly affected the fate of farmers in developing countries across the world. While the successes of the new global trade regime have been appreciated, the issue of rising number of farmer suicides has faltered out of attention in the public discourse. Mr. Sharma elaborates on the impact of the continuing agrarian crisis in India and calls for a concerted effort in arresting the escalation of the crisis.

Journalist, Writer, Thinker, Trade Policy Analyst. Trained as an Agricultural Scientist, Mr. Sharma has dedicated his life towards working on a range of policy issues including agriculture, sustainable development, urbanization, International Trade Law. He is a distinguished food and trade policy analyst. With his articles, reports and blogs, he has managed to get to several million people and changed the way they saw the science of eating.

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Farmer Suicides and the Global food crisis: A Story not told | Devinder Sharma | TEDxRGNUL

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  • Neeraj Varpe-Deshmukh

    Nice analysis! Mr. P  Chidambaram had decided to distribute fertilizer subsidy directly to farmers. Instead it is given to fertilizer companies. This Govt. has to give msp+50% profit as recommended by Dr. M. S. Swaminathan Committee and promised by hon. Prime Minister  in his pre-election speeches

  • Soumendu Sinha

    Empowerment of farmers is the future of India. Thank you Mr. Sharma for presenting the facts so nicely. It's high time to stop this mindless urban inflow, give farmers their well deserved financial security and stop being puppets in the hands of capitalists. Otherwise, a dangerous food crisis looms over us and the future generations.

  • Rahul Kejriwal

    This is a very very narrow view. Price increase will only help big farmers, who actually sell their produce. The real downtrodden are those with no land or do subsistence farming on mostly unirrigated land, they make up more than half of our population. Read Economic surveys, 12th five year plan doc, or even Dr Ashok Gulati, former CACP chair

  • Rahul Kejriwal

    There is a serious gap in his argument. firstly, the vast majority of farmers he is talking about, those with 1 hectares land holding, are doing subsistence agriculture. no matter how much you increase farm gate prices, it will help them as they are the consumers of what they grow. even assuming they switch to a cash crop like cotton and price of cotton at farmgate increased to three times the current prices, he wont be able to survive without social security schemes from govt.
    hence what is needed is to pull them out of agriculture, which is anyways happening for the last 5 decades, see the slums of any big city for examples. We need to provide them respectable jobs in secondary and tertiary sectors, whether agri-processing, core industry, or services. This is what government is going nuts explaining. We started the process too late, during Vajpeyi era and then moved on to provide temporary respite measures like MGNREGA, etc as the UPA thought save the present first, future we will take care of itself. Current regime is looking at future in a better way. present is bleak since independence and will continue to be so until we work now to improve the future which is the present for our children.

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