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WHY FARMERS COMMIT SUICIDES?

WHY FARMERS COMMIT SUICIDES?

A study by Jonathan Kennedy and Lawrence King, published in the Lancet journal Globalization and Health (2014) has found that liberalization of the agricultural sector in the early-1990s is responsible for the agrarian crisis and, therefore, farmers with certain socio-economic characteristics-cash crops cultivators, with marginal landholdings, and debts-are particularly at risk of committing suicide. In short, the study detects that differences in the structure of agricultural production explain a large amount of inter-state variation in Indian suicide levels, thereby, contradicting the conclusion of a previous Lancet study by Vikram Patel and colleagues (2012). (Please see the links below).   The study entitled 'The political economy of farmers' suicides in India: indebted cash-crop farmers...

Little or no association between economic growth and child nutrition

It seems that a long-drawn-out battle among economists about economic growth trickling down into development has found some solid answer....

Health expense is a major burden on rural citizenry

The share of total expenditure on medical and healthcare is comparatively higher for an average rural citizen than his/her urban...

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