The larger public policy on agriculture has remained focused on irrigated areas with rice and wheat as major crops and with a focus on chemical inputs to achieve national food security. As the agriculture support systems are framed in this context, much of the public expenditure and investments go into input subsidies to achieve ‘higher productivity’ and in ‘irrigation’ development.
The agriculture policy and program design excludes much of the rainfed areas. Or it extends the logic of intensive ground water irrigation to rainfed contexts, making it unsustainable in the long run.
The RRA Network designs its policy interventions on the NATURE, AMOUNT and DELIVERY (NAD) framework. It seeks differentiated, decentralized and relevant public investment in rainfed agriculture, for inclusive agricultural growth in the country.