India has been predominantly an agriculture based economy, where more than half of its work force depend on agriculture for their living. While the share of agriculture in gross domestic product has substantially declined over the years, a similar but rather slow decline has been seen in dependence of workforce on agricultural sector, resulting in a slow growth in the incomes of those dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. With the change in farming practices over the years, regional disparities with respect to crop output, decline in poverty have resulted in rising inequalities. A precondition for rural development is advances in management and entrepreneurship in agriculture & agri-business as well as in value addition and linkages within agriculture and to non-agriculture sectors. Appropriate policies in these areas (governments, development agencies, donors and multinational companies)must be implemented to ensure rural economic development.


The Jaipur Xavier Educational Association (JXEA) was established in 1950, as a trust managed by the Jesuits. In 2006 the foundation of Xavier Vocational Institute (XVI) was laid in Jaipur to provide vocational training to the economically challenged sections of society. In 2010 the JXEA, in collaboration with the Xavier Alumni Association initiated the Higher Education Program and established the St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur, affiliated to the University of Rajasthan. The college is maintained by the members of the Delhi province of the Society of Jesus. St. Xavier’s, Jaipur has been making rapid strides in its pursuit of excellence at par with other Jesuit institutions of higher learning, since its inception. The skills and knowledge that is needed in the 21st century in the global context are being imparted with a broad- based academic curriculum.


The Indian Econometric Society (TIES) is a registered society under Public Societies Registration Act, formed in 1960. It is the oldest and largest body of professional econometricians and quantitative economists with more than 2000 members from all over India and abroad. It has provided a forum for economists, mathematicians and statisticians of India and abroad; to promote development of econometric methodology and techniques. TIES also publish half-yearly ‘Journal of Quantitative Economics’ released in the months of January and July.


The main aim of this conference is to provide an open, multi-disciplinary platform for thinkers, 

academicians, national and international scientists, economists, business leaders, politicians and social 

activists to debate and share their thoughts, ideas, views and address the challenges faced by India on 

the topic “Agriculture and Rural Management: Prospects and Emerging Issues”. The conference 

objective is to provide a platform for a cross section of researchers with varied disciplines contributing 

applied and analytical papers, which need not necessarily, include econometric modeling. The aim of 

the conference is also to connect thoughts and experiences on Agriculture & Rural Development and to 

publish the selected papers in an edited volume. The programme will include keynote addresses, panel 

discussions by leading experts, presentations by researchers and practitioners, informal conversations 

and dialogues for mutual enrichment.


The conference committee, invites original and unpublished research papers from academicians, corporate delegates, research scholars and students addressing the conference

theme on one of the following themes:

 Agriculture and Finance 

Due to inadequate financial resources and absence of timely credit facilities at reasonable rates, many of the farmers, even though otherwise willing, are unable to go in for improved seeds and manures and better methods or techniques. It can be further divided into following sub-themes:

o Agricultural Credit

o Microfinance

o Agriculture Insurance

o Issues on Agriculture Subsidy

 Agricultural Marketing

It is important to develop a market intelligence system which attempts to provide information on prices, arrivals, availability, trends, analysis, laws, etc. It requires a reliable programme which collects and disseminates accurate and useful information in farmer friendly manner. It can be further divided into following sub-themes:

o Agro-Industries and Rural Marketing 

o Agriculture Food Processing and Marketing

o Recent Innovations and Use of Technology in Marketing

o Trading of Agriculture Produce

 Agriculture and Climate Change

During a period of climate change, maintaining crop production to feed a growing population is the greatest challenge we face as a species. It will focus on the likely impact of climate change on crop production, introduction of new technologies and explore approaches to maintain and increase crop productivity for the future demand. It can be further divided into following sub-themes:

o Agricultural Growth, Productivity and Production Diversification 

o Change in Agriculture Technology and Use of Agriculture Inputs

o Ecology and Agro Climatic Changes

o Environmental Issues and Sustainable Agricultural Production

 Rural Management and Inclusive Growth Issues related to Heath, Poverty, Employment, Income disparities and Suicides by cultivators and agricultural labourers have now become general phenomenon in rural India. This unprecedented phenomenon is caused by a multi-dimensional crisis of the rural economy in the post greenrevolution phase of agricultural development. A combination of economic factors such as, economic hardship of the pauperized peasant households, crop failure, unemployment and indebtedness has pushed the victims to end. This theme can be further divided into following sub-


o Health, Malnutrition and Hunger

o Farmer Distress, Poverty and Disparities

o Employability and Employment Generation in Rural India

o Transformation in Farming System

 Post Production Issues in Agriculture

With mechanization, input structure of farm sector changes (i.e. increased use of modern inputs 

such as HYV seeds, biotechnology, farm chemicals, fertilizers, implements, irrigation etc)., leading 

to corresponding increase in marketed surplus. Technological progress leads to commercialization 

of the farm economy, also production and consumption linkages get a boost. This also raises the 

agricultural demand for off-farm services such as trading services, storage, transportation, 

communication etc. for the distribution and marketing of inputs and outputs. This theme can be 

further divided into following sub-themes:

o Food Security, Procurement and Changing Consumption Pattern

o Agriculture Storage, Supply Chain Management and Transportation Issues

o Agricultural Prices and Taxation

o Evaluation of Policies for Agriculture Development

 Global Scenario and Indian Agriculture

Trade liberalisation would lead to specialisation of resource use in accordance with the regional comparative advantages. However, crop specialisation due to free trade will be guided more by global price signals than long term efficiency considerations. Due to climate change and globalisation, global food security has become a vital issue. This theme can be further divided into following sub-themes:

o Trade in Agricultural Produce, WTO and Emerging Issues on Agriculture 

o Terms of Trade and Global Agriculture Prices

o Agricultural Growth in Third World and Developed Countries 

o Global Agriculture Production and Food Security


Submission of Full Paper 15 August 

Review and Comments 15 September

Final Submission of Paper after 


30 September

Acceptance with Modification 15 October

Last date for Registration 20 October


Academicians Rs. 1500

Research Scholars Rs. 1000

Students Rs. 750

Corporate Delegates Rs. 3000

Fee is inclusive of conference kit as well as lunch and tea during the conference. The fees should be 

deposited through a demand draft in favor of St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur, payable at Jaipur along with 

the registration form or through NEFT. The bank details are available on the website:

Important link.


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