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Sustainability of water use in agriculture

AQUASTAT, developed and maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, is the global database that gives quantitative information on water resources and withdrawal of water for different uses.

Agricultural water withdrawal is defined as follows:

Annual quantity of self-supplied water withdrawn for irrigation, livestock and aquaculture purposes. It includes water from primary […]

Guidelines for soil description

Guidelines for soil description

An excellent book from FAO on different aspects of soils and their classifications.

Changes in the Distribution of Operational Landholdings in Rural India

This paper, in the Review of Agrarian Studies, analyses National Sample survey data on changes in the distribution of operational holdings of land, using data from NSS surveys on employment and unemployment. The paper discusses the limitations of these statistics in some detail. Four main points emerge from the analysis: there has been a sharp […]

Statistics on Indian Economy and Society


A lot of statistics on Indian economy and society are available online. These are scattered across various websites and are mostly provided without any information on the sources, data definitions and limitations of these statistics.

This website was conceived as a platform to host statistics on different aspects of the economy and society. The […]

Review of Agrarian Studies

Review of Agrarian Studies, the peer-reviewed journal of the Foundation for Agrarian Studies, is now online at www.ras.org.in.


Child rights in India and Cuba

child rights in india and cuba.

The Hindu : Deprivation among Dalits remains high

The Hindu : News / National : Deprivation among Dalits remains high.

The Hindu : ‘Agrarian question linked to Dalit discrimination’

The Hindu : News / National : ‘Agrarian question linked to Dalit discrimination’.

The Hindu: National meet on ‘Dalit households in village economies’ begins today

The Hindu : States / Other States : National meet on ‘Dalit households in village economies’ begins today.

The Hindu : Agricultural revival: news media can make big impact

The Hindu : Opinion / Readers’ Editor : Agricultural revival: news media can make big impact.

Position for a Research Assistant to be based in New Delhi

Vacancy announcement is here.

Struggles Against Untouchability in Tamil Nadu

A very important article on practices of untouchability in contemporary Tamil Nadu from The Marxist.


Land, Assets, Incomes and Employement in Three Andhra Pradesh Villages

An article in The Marxist abstracted from the Andhra Pradesh book.


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Rural Reality

Review by C. T. Kurien of the Andhra Pradesh book.



Land and Labour in Andhra Pradesh

Reddy, D N, “Land and Labour in Andhra Pradesh”, Economic and Political Weekly, XLV(39), pp. 30-34.

Yet another review of our book.