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78th Annual Conference of ISAE

Organised by :

Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
International Food Policy Research Institute, Delhi
Tata-Cornell Institute, Ithaca, USA

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About ISAE Conference :

The 78th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics is going to be held during November 1-3, 2018 under the auspices of the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, International Food Policy Research Institute, Delhi and Tata-Cornell Institute, Ithaca, USA. Eminent agricultural economists, policy planners, government officials and civil society groups across the country and abroad are expected to participate in the conference. The following three broad subjects are selected for discussion: (a) Seven year plan for agriculture- output and biowaste management (b) Post-harvesting requirements for reducing the gap between what consumers pay and farmers receive (c) Social and community organisations for agricultural development and coping with limited non-renewable resources. The conference will start with presidential address followed by keynote papers by eminent scholars. Research papers on the above three themes will be discussed in parallel technical sessions. In addition, this year’s conference will have two special sessions on ‘doubling farmers income’ and ‘emerging trends in agriculture’, as well as a special lecture.

Institute of Economic Growth

The Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) is an autonomous, multidisciplinary Centre for advanced research and training. Widely recognized as a Centre of excellence, it is one of India's leading academic institutions in the fields of economic and social development and focus on emerging and often cutting-edge areas of social and policy concern. The Institute also organizes regular training programmes for the trainee officers of the Indian Economic Service and occasional courses for officers of the Indian Statistical Service, NABARD, and university teachers. The Institute's faculty members also supervise doctoral students from India and abroad, provide regular policy inputs, and engage with government, civil society and international organisations. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has had a long association with the Institute, initially as Chairman of the Board (1972-1982) and since 1992 as President of the IEG Society.

International Food Policy Research Institute, South Asia

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI was established in 1975 to identify and analyse alternative national and international strategies and policies for meeting the food needs of the developing world, with particular emphasis on low income countries and on the poorer groups in those countries. It is a research center of CGIAR, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development. IFPRI’s regional and country pograms play a critical role in responding to demand for food policy research and in delivering holistic support for country-led development

Tata-Cornell Institute

The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) is a long-term research initiative of Cornell University, Ithaca, USA focused on solving problems of poverty, malnutrition, and rural development in India. It was established in 2013 with a generous gift from the Tata Trusts to conduct cross-disciplinary research, and to bring together the technical capacity of Cornell graduate student researchers with the on-the-ground know-how of academic and non-governmental partner organizations in India. Dr. Prabhu Pingali from Cornell University is the Founding Director of Tata-Cornell Institute.

Indian Society of Agricultural Economicse

Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (ISAE) is one of the academic societies in India established in the year 1939 with headquarters in Goregaon, Mumbai. The aims of the Society were initially limited to promoting the investigation, study and improvement of the socio-economic conditions of agriculture and rural life. The objectives of the society are now redefined to as to promote the study of social and economic problems of agriculture and the rural areas and also to promote technical competence for teaching and research in agricultural economics and allied subjects in the country. The Society works in co-operation with the International Association of Agricultural Economics and the Indian Economic Association to achieve its objectives. The ISAE regularly brings out the Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, a high impact factor journal and series of publication on agricultural economics and rural development. Eminent scholar and policy maker Profesor Abhijit Sen is the President of the Society


Accommodation for the delegates will be arranged in the international guest house in NASC complex or in hotels near Rajendra Place from October 31 to November 3, 2018 on receipt of request. Alternatively, the delegates may directly reserve in the hotels nearby the conference venue like Jaypee Siddharth, Amondz Hotel, Relax-Inn, La Suite Hotel, Hotel Golden Grand, Hotel Amrapali Grand, Hotel Regent Grand etc.. The delegate may indicate in case of willingness to share the room with others.

About Delhi
The city weather in the first week of November will be ideal to visit with bright sunshine and temperatures in the range of maximum around 30 degree centigrade and minimum around 15 centigrade. Set on the both sides of River Yamuna, Delhi is seen as one of the fastest growing cities in India. The city reflects two sides of a same coin i.e. Old Delhi and New Delhi. Delhi has many historical monuments like – Qutab Minar (the world's tallest brick minaret), Humayun Tomb, Old Fort (Purana Qila), Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Red Fort, Tuglaqabad Fort, Lotus Temple (also known as Bahai Temple) and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Delhi has also seen a lot of changes in past few years with having better roads, flyovers and excellent metro lines making life easier for people to ride smoothly in and around the city. For the shopping and movie freaks, the city has a number of markets, malls and entertainment complexes. Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, South Extension, Sarojani Nagar, Hauz Khas, GK-II and Chandni Chowke are some of the best places for shopping, especially for women. Khari Baoli Market near Chandni Chowk is seen as Asia's largest wholesale spice market. There are several tourist locations with a two hour drive like Vrindavan, Agra, Jaipur, Haridwar and others.
Local tour programme will be organised on the third day on payment basis.


A registration fee of Rs.4000 will be charged from members and Rs.4500/- for non-members. Rs.2000 each from accompanying person and Rs.1000/- from students. Registration fee includes conference kit, snacks, and tea. Working lunch and dinner during conference period. Registration fee may be sent by demand draft before October 25th, 2015, in favour of ‘78th Annual Conference of ISAE’ or transferred by NEFT to the SB account 8461101003105 In the name of ‘IEG-ISAE-Conf’ maintained at the Canara Bank, Institute of Economic Growth Delhi at Delhi (IFSC Code CNRB0008461).
For further information, contact 'Organiser Secretary' Dr.N.Chandrasekhara Rao at isae78@iegindia.org

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Conference Venue: 'NASC Complex, Pusa' Date: November 1-3, 2018

Conference Committee

Dr.Rajiv Kumar

Vice- Chairman, NITI Ayog, New Delhi
Chief Patron

Prof. Abhijit Sen

President Indian Society of Agricultural Economics

Prof. Ramesh Chand

Member, NITI Ayog Government of India, New Delhi

Dr.Trilochan Mohapatra

DG Indian Council of Agricultural Research New Delhi

Prof. Manoj K Panda

Director, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi


Director, South Asia
International Food Policy Research Institute, New Delhi

Prof. Prabhu Pingali

Director, Tata-Cornell Institute, Ithaca, USA

Prof. Vijay Paul Sharma

Chairman, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices Government of India, New Delhi

Dr.Ashok Dalwai

CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority


Hon. Secretary and Treasurer Indian Society of Agricultural Economics

Prof. S. Mahendra Dev

Director & Vice Chancellor, IGIDR, Mumbai
President of the 78th Conference

Prof. N.Chandrasekhara Rao

Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
Organising Secretary