Commercialization of Agriculture in the Himalayas

Discussion Papers


by Dil Bahadur Rahut, Iván Velásquez Castellanos, Pravakar Sahoo

December 2010


Increased market integration and commercialization of traditional agriculture in the Himalayas is part of a development strategy towards growth and better standard of living. More than 97 percent households depend upon agricultural and allied activities for livelihood which constitutes 30 percent of the household income. Given the importance of commercialization of agriculture to improve the productivity, per capita income and thereby the standard of living in the Himalayas, we examine the factors affecting the commercialization of agriculture on the basis of primary survey data. The results reveal that the land size, gender of the household head, livestock assets, ethnicity, education and location are important determinants of commercialization. Although commercialization of agriculture is considered as stimulated private-sector activity, public policy is essential to facilitate driving forces viz., trade and market reforms, rural infrastructure, and the institutional framework for legal and contractual arrangements between farmers and processors.

Keywords: Rural, Poverty, Agriculture, Market, Production, India, Himalaya
JEL Classifications: Q1, I30, R00, O1, D6

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