Bihar's Burden of Child Stunting

The Indian state of Bihar has very high rates of child stunting, estimated at 48 percent in 2016 by the International Institute for Population Sciences.  This average masks disparities at the district level which are needed to implement policies to target malnutrition. A recent paper in Economic and Political Weekly provides a disaggregated district- level analysis of child stunting in the Indian state of Bihar.

Training of Bihar Farmers in Punjab

As part of the conference organized at Patna on May 12, 2016, there was a request to conduct training for farmers from Bihar. It was agreed that Custom Hiring Centers should be promoted in a well-planned manner and include roles for individuals, self-help groups (SHGs), and the corporate sector.

Adoption of Modern Rice Cultivation Practices and Technologies in Bihar

Bihar is one of the poorest and largest states in India. Rice is the main staple consumed and grown in the state where two thirds of the population is directly employed in the agricultural sector. In this context, a recent study investigates the relationship between the adoption of improved technologies and cultivation practices for rice production in Bihar. Specifically, the study examines the extent to which certified improved rice seeds and other crop imp

Farmer Training in Bihar

In May 2016, a conference was organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Rajendara Agricultural University (RAU) to discuss how to best promote large-scale agricultural mechanization in the state of Bihar. The challenges to mechanization in the state include small landholdings; the high cost of renting farm equipment, particularly for smallholder farmers; low agricultural output and subsequent low incomes; and lack of access to credit and financing.

Social and Economic Trends in Bihar

The World Bank recently released a number of briefs providing data on social and economic trends in the seven lowest incomes States in India, including: including: Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, which contain 45 percent of India’s population and 62 percent of its poor.

Nutrition Information tools in Bihar

The World Bank and the Department for International Development (DFID) supported the South Asia food and nutrition security initiative (SAFANSI), which in part was used to fund the promotion of good nutritional practices among farming communities in Bihar. The Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society (JEEViKA) and Digital Green, as noted in the FSP previously, have been working in the area on sharing agricultural knowledge, involving more than 2000 villages in the State.

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