Decentralization, Rural governance and Inclusive Growth: Linkage and Implications is the main theme of the research at National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi. This research project is funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, under the program “Globalization, Growth and Poverty”. The major focus of work is to analyse various aspects of rural governance in an attempt to establish whether decentralization of governance and the creation of appropriate institutions are effective in achieving inclusive and pro-poor growth.
The need for monitoring and analysis of emerging food scenarios is important for India both because of significant dependence of output on the monsoon rains and the fact that globally India is one of the major consumers of food crops influencing markets. Management of agriculture from a public policy perspective requires organisation of this information and analysis as inputs to policy making. Against this backdrop the National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Ministry of Agriculture, commissioned a 3-Year study to National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in 2011–12 to bridge this important gap in analytical inputs for understanding the emerging agricultural scenarios both in the short-term of one or two quarters and also in the medium to longer term.